Cost of Hiring a Gardener for Maintenance
Garden maintenance price guide
There is a lot of regular maintenance required in a garden, particularly larger gardens. Typical tasks include cutting and feeding the grass, leaf blowing and collecting, weeding, watering, hedge trimming, plant pruning, patio and driveway cleaning. Larger garden jobs are usually priced as a fixed quote, whereas this regular maintenance work is often charged by the hour on a recurring retainer basis. The cost for regular garden maintenance can vary considerably, depending on your location, the size of the garden, the amount of work required and the maintenance company or tradesperson.
There is a big difference in the prices charged by local self-employed gardeners and larger businesses with many employees, plus big differences in costs charged for work in London and the South-East, compared to those in the North or West of the UK. Instead of phoning gardeners "cold" from the Yellow Pages or similar, you can use the free service on this site to post your job along with contact details. Then simply let reputable tradesmen get in touch with you to quote for the job.
Average prices charged for garden maintenance
|Job Description||Duration||Material Cost||Labour Cost|
|Maintenance 6×4 metres garden||3-6 hours||£20||£130|
|Maintenance 8×6 metres garden||5-7 hours||£30||£170|
|Maintenance 12×8 metres garden||1-2 days||£40||£250|
All of the above costs and durations are averages only and will vary depending upon location, complexity of job, etc.
Things to consider with garden maintenance
Garden maintenance prices can often be difficult to determine, but most gardeners work off an hourly rate which can vary from as little as £15 per hour up to £50 per hour. Most gardeners will also have a minimum charge of usually 2-3 hours for smaller jobs but will work to a fixed quote for larger jobs. General garden maintenance jobs can include a variety of work such as grass cutting, patio/driveway cleaning, lawn feeding, hedge and bush trimming, tree pruning, leaf blowing or weed removal. Gardeners are often in high demand in the Spring and Autumn when the grass needs cut every week. Bushes and hedges require formative pruning at least once per year too and maintenance trimming is usually carried out in the spring and summer.
Pruning is essential to encourage healthy growth and many shrubs and trees need to be pruned at specific times throughout the year, some are best pruned in winter, whereas others need trimming right after flowering. Regular removal of weeds such as clover, dandelions, daisies and buttercups is the best option to prevent large-scale weed problems in the future. So weeding should start in the spring and continue through the Autumn. In the drier seasons, many plants need to be watered so a good gardener will keep an eye on the frequency of rain and know when additional watering is required. Hard landscaping such as patio areas, paths and drives will also need regular cleaning and often weed removal too, so this can often form part of a regular garden maintenance contract.
Typically, a maintenance agreement will specify a fixed number of hours per year and will be paid as a fixed amount monthly, which is better than getting huge bills during the summer when most of the gardening work is done. But be very careful before signing any long-term maintenance contract!
Doing it Yourself
You can save money by only using a gardener for the bigger jobs, or even tackle the garden all by yourself if you are fit and have the necessary equipment and tools. Garden maintenance is required all year round so gardening is not like most DIY projects, gardening is a permanent and ongoing project which is never finished!
If you are able and have a decent lawnmower, then cutting the grass yourself regularly will drastically reduce the costs of garden maintenance as lawn mowing is often the most labour intensive garden job. Weeding is another job that most people can carry out on their own if they are fit and able. Just cutting the grass and keeping the weeds in check will save a fortune in garden maintenance costs, leaving just the more difficult or specialised jobs to the professionals
Garden maintenance tips
- The best time to water grass is early in the morning
- Lay mulch to reduce weed growth
- Keep on top of weeding by dong it little and often
- Avoid cutting grass too short in hot weather
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.