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.
Average prices charged for garden maintenance
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.
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Cut grass, bit of weeding, tidying little driveway from weeds with a strimmer.
Submitted by Jayne
Just need a little gardening work done. Mowing grass, de-weeding. Also have a conifer hedge that needs trimming, it surrounds front garden. Husband has done it himself previously, takes half a day. Thanks
Submitted by Vicky
To maintain the garden. Trimming grass cutting etc. Nothing to plant in the garden.
Submitted by Prem
Front garden needs tidied up. Grass needs cut and shrub beds weeded. Bushes also needed trimmed. Would be initial tidy up then ongoing maintenance. Garden is about 100 M2. Thanks
Submitted by Julie
I have a medium to the large front garden that is split into 2 parts. I basically want all the garden on both sides to be. Artificial only and fences to separate safely from the neighbors.