By Emily Rivers
Last updated 6th June 2024

If your garden is looking a bit worse for wear, you may be considering a full garden renovation. Our gardens are a wonderful social and relaxation space, and if they’re in need of work it can take the enjoyment out of using them.

So if your garden needs a revamp, how much will it set you back? We’ll go through garden renovation costs in this guide.

How much does the average garden renovation cost?

Garden renovation costs in the UK can vary widely depending on factors such as the size of the garden, the extent of the renovation and the materials and features you want to include. Expect to pay anywhere between £5,000 to £20,000 for a complete garden renovation.

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Average cost

Garden designer total cost

£1,150

Garden designer per day

£500

Garden renovation labour and materials

£100 per m2

Garden renovation with design, labour and materials

£7,500

Full excavation and garden landscaping

£200 per m2

These prices are based on a full renovation in an average-sized garden with extensive soft and hard landscaping features. For very large gardens you will pay more, and for smaller gardens with only soft landscaping elements you’re likely to pay less.

Garden renovation cost

How to plan a garden renovation

If you’re sure you want to renovate your garden, it’s important that you come up with a plan. There are a few steps you can take to ensure your garden renovation runs on budget and exactly as you want – some of these you can do before contacting a landscaper, and others you can liaise with your landscaper to help the project run smoothly:

1. Assessment: Begin by assessing the current state of your garden and identifying areas that need improvement or renovation. How do you want to use your garden? Are social spaces important to you, or aesthetic features?

2. Budgeting: Determine your budget for the renovation and prioritise the features and elements you want to include based on your budget constraints. Try not to overstretch yourself – a good rule of thumb is to spend 5% of your property’s value on landscaping to ensure you reap the rewards when you come to sell.

3. Design: Develop a garden design or plan that incorporates your vision for the space, taking into account factors such as layout, landscaping, hardscaping and plant selection. You should also consider how much maintenance you want to carry out in your newly-landscaped garden. Factors you’ll need to consider include:

  • Borders: Will they be deep or narrow? What kind of plants do you want to grow in them and what colours would you like?

  • Hardscaping: Do you need a new fence, wall or hedge? Do you want to add a patio or path? Raised beds are also ideal for adding interest and height to your garden.

  • Features: What about a shed or garden room? Perhaps you’d like a pergola or other structure?

Speak to your landscaper about your vision for your garden so they can come up with a design that you’ll love for years to come.

How long does a garden renovation take?

How long a garden renovation takes depends on the amount of work involved, the weather conditions and the availability of materials. A full garden renovation with various hard and soft landscaping elements could take anywhere between 2 months to a year to complete.

To give you an idea of how long a garden renovation takes, here’s a typical timeline:

Weeks 1-8: Design phase

A garden landscape designer may take anywhere between 1 to 8 weeks to design your garden, depending on what features you’d like and how big your garden is. Make sure you tell your designer everything you want in the design so they can come up with a plan that exactly meets your requirements.

Weeks 9-11: Preparation and groundwork

Your landscapers will need to prepare your garden for work before they can start with the visual elements. How long this takes will depend on the current state of your garden, but it could be anywhere between 1 and 3 weeks.

If your garden is very overgrown with weeds and shrubs, you may need to pay for garden clearance before any work can start. It usually costs an average of £330 per day to have your garden cleared, but you may be able to get it cheaper if the same firm carries out the clearance and renovation work.

You can save money by clearing your garden of any obstructions, such as decking or sheds, before the work starts. Once your garden is cleared, your landscapers can come in and amend the soil and prepare the ground.

Weeks 12-14: Hard landscaping

If your garden renovation includes hard landscaping features like paths, patios, retaining walls or garden ponds, your landscapers will begin this work next. Depending on the complexity of your design, this could take anywhere between a few days to 3 weeks.

Weeks 15-16: Planting

Once the hardscaping is complete, your landscapers will move onto soft landscaping like making flower beds and planting. They may lay turf and plant shrubs depending on your requirements. This can take a few days to 2 weeks depending on how big your garden is.

Once planting is complete, your garden renovation is finished! It may take a few months before you notice the plants and flowers establish and bloom – it’s important to speak to your landscapers about how much you need to water your garden and what maintenance tasks are required.

Do I need planning permission to redo my garden?

In most cases, you don’t need planning permission to redo your garden, providing the changes don’t significantly alter the appearance of your property. Tasks like laying turf and making flower beds don’t ever require planning permission, but there are some things that may. You may need to apply for planning permission if:

  • You are adding decking that is more than 30cm from the ground

  • You want to add a shed or garden room and it will mean that outbuildings or extensions exceed 50% of the total area of curtilage

  • A garden wall or fence will exceed 1 metre if adjacent to a road, or 2 metres anywhere else

  • You live in a listed building

If you’re unsure about whether your garden renovation project requires planning permission, it’s always best to consult your local building control before starting any work.

What time of year is best to renovate my garden?

The best time to renovate your garden depends on how much the work involves and how much you like to enjoy your garden in the summer. If you renovate your garden during the autumn, winter or early spring, your garden will be ready for you to enjoy in the warmer months. However, you’re more likely to experience project delays due to bad weather in the autumn and winter.

Your landscapers may recommend waiting to plant flowers and shrubs during the spring to allow them to establish, but they will advise on the best course of action.

Do garden improvements add value to my property?

Yes, well-designed and professionally executed garden improvements can significantly increase the value of your property. A well-maintained and attractive garden enhances the overall aesthetic appeal of your home, creates additional living space and improves the functionality and usability of outdoor areas, all of which can make your property more attractive to potential buyers and increase its resale value.

Can I renovate my garden myself?

Yes, you can renovate your garden yourself, especially if the changes you want to make are minor. However, consider how much time and effort it will take you. You may find that it takes you much longer than planned and your garden isn’t ready for the summer, or you may run into problems that you end up needing a landscaper to help you anyway.

If you plan to have a larger-scale garden renovation done, with structural changes, hardscaping or custom-built elements, it’s best to leave it to the professionals to ensure that everything is done correctly.

Before taking on a DIY garden renovation, carefully consider your skills, resources and the scope of work involved, and be prepared to seek professional assistance if necessary to ensure you get the outcome you want.

If you’d prefer to leave it to the pros, post your job on HaMuch now. We’ll put you in touch with reliable landscapers in your area who will be happy to help.


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Garden renovation cost in the UK
Garden renovation cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKGarden renovation cost
Garden renovation near Aberdeen£8030
Garden renovation near Amber Valley£7918
Garden renovation near Angus£7974
Garden renovation near Arun£8062
Garden renovation near Ashfield£7902
Garden renovation near Aylesbury Vale£7918
Garden renovation near Barnsley£7838
Garden renovation near Basildon£8054
Garden renovation near Basingstoke & Deane£8022
Garden renovation near Bassetlaw£8118
Garden renovation near Bath & North East Somerset£8182
Garden renovation near Bedford£7926
Garden renovation near Belfast£7678
Garden renovation near Birmingham£7750
Garden renovation near Blackburn£8046
Garden renovation near Blackpool£7942
Garden renovation near Bolton£7974
Garden renovation near Bournemouth£8102
Garden renovation near Bracknell Forest£8190
Garden renovation near Bradford£7478
Garden renovation near Braintree£7838
Garden renovation near Breckland£7766
Garden renovation near Bridgend£7750
Garden renovation near Brighton£7974
Garden renovation near Bristol£8150
Garden renovation near Broadland£7774
Garden renovation near Broxtowe£7878
Garden renovation near Bury£7942
Garden renovation near Caerphilly£7886
Garden renovation near Calderdale£7622
Garden renovation near Cambridge£7966
Garden renovation near Canterbury£8110
Garden renovation near Cardiff£7902
Garden renovation near Charnwood£7822
Garden renovation near Chelmsford£7998
Garden renovation near Cheltenham£8262
Garden renovation near Cherwell£8174
Garden renovation near Chester£8478
Garden renovation near Colchester£7726
Garden renovation near Conway£7710
Garden renovation near Coventry£7766
Garden renovation near Crewe & Nantwich£8062
Garden renovation near Dacorum£8238
Garden renovation near Derby£7966
Garden renovation near Doncaster£7966
Garden renovation near Dover£8158
Garden renovation near Dudley£7734
Garden renovation near Dundee£7974
Garden renovation near East Ayrshire£7718
Garden renovation near East Devon£7726
Garden renovation near East Dunbartonshire£8182
Garden renovation near East Hampshire£8246
Garden renovation near East Hertfordshire£8166
Garden renovation near East Lindsey£7350
Garden renovation near East Riding£7638
Garden renovation near Eastleigh£8118
Garden renovation near Edinburgh£7862
Garden renovation near Elmbridge£8278
Garden renovation near Epping Forest£8278
Garden renovation near Erewash£7918
Garden renovation near Exeter£7750
Garden renovation near Falkirk£7886
Garden renovation near Fife£7966
Garden renovation near Flintshire£8142
Garden renovation near Gateshead£8286
Garden renovation near Gedling£7862
Garden renovation near Glasgow£8198
Garden renovation near Gloucester£8294
Garden renovation near Guildford£8174
Garden renovation near Halton£8326
Garden renovation near Harrogate£7382
Garden renovation near Havant & Waterloo£8246
Garden renovation near Horsham£8150
Garden renovation near Huntingdonshire£7838
Garden renovation near Ipswich£7822
Garden renovation near Isle of Wight£8078
Garden renovation near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£7582
Garden renovation near Kingston-upon-Hull£7638
Garden renovation near Kirklees£7638
Garden renovation near Knowsley£8286
Garden renovation near Lancaster£7910
Garden renovation near Leeds£7462
Garden renovation near Leicester£7830
Garden renovation near Lisburn£7718
Garden renovation near Liverpool£8318
Garden renovation near London£8294
Garden renovation near Luton£8166
Garden renovation near Macclesfield£7934
Garden renovation near Maidstone£8150
Garden renovation near Manchester£7926
Garden renovation near Mid Bedfordshire£7998
Garden renovation near Mid Sussex£8102
Garden renovation near Middlesbrough£7286
Garden renovation near Milton Keynes£7926
Garden renovation near Neath Port Talbot£7774
Garden renovation near New Forest£8150
Garden renovation near Newbury£8030
Garden renovation near Newcastle-under-Lyme£8030
Garden renovation near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£8262
Garden renovation near Newport£7934
Garden renovation near North Ayrshire£8030
Garden renovation near North East Lincolnshire£7366
Garden renovation near North Hertfordshire£8102
Garden renovation near North Lanarkshire£8086
Garden renovation near North Lincolnshire£7638
Garden renovation near North Somerset£8158
Garden renovation near North Tyneside£8270
Garden renovation near North Wiltshire£8478
Garden renovation near Northampton£7726
Garden renovation near Norwich£7854
Garden renovation near Nottingham£7862
Garden renovation near Nuneaton & Bedworth£7782
Garden renovation near Oldham£7870
Garden renovation near Oxford£8230
Garden renovation near Pembrokeshire£7598
Garden renovation near Perth & Kinross£7926
Garden renovation near Peterborough£8030
Garden renovation near Plymouth£7454
Garden renovation near Poole£8070
Garden renovation near Portsmouth£8198
Garden renovation near Powys£7630
Garden renovation near Preston£8030
Garden renovation near Reading£8118
Garden renovation near Redcar & Cleveland£7262
Garden renovation near Reigate & Banstead£8254
Garden renovation near Renfrewshire£8214
Garden renovation near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£7894
Garden renovation near Rochdale£7862
Garden renovation near Rochester-upon-Medway£7310
Garden renovation near Rotherham£7934
Garden renovation near Salford£7934
Garden renovation near Salisbury£8406
Garden renovation near Sandwell£7766
Garden renovation near Scarborough£8830
Garden renovation near Scottish Borders£10230
Garden renovation near Sefton£8182
Garden renovation near Sevenoaks£8230
Garden renovation near Sheffield£7958
Garden renovation near Slough£8262
Garden renovation near Solihull£7750
Garden renovation near South Ayrshire£7718
Garden renovation near South Bedfordshire£7926
Garden renovation near South Cambridgeshire£7942
Garden renovation near South Gloucestershire£8094
Garden renovation near South Kesteven£8062
Garden renovation near South Lanarkshire£8134
Garden renovation near South Oxfordshire£8230
Garden renovation near South Somerset£7870
Garden renovation near South Tyneside£8278
Garden renovation near Southampton£8158
Garden renovation near Southend-on-Sea£7982
Garden renovation near St Albans£8278
Garden renovation near St Helens£8310
Garden renovation near Stafford£7934
Garden renovation near Stockport£7918
Garden renovation near Stockton-on-Tees£7286
Garden renovation near Stoke-on-Trent£7982
Garden renovation near Stratford-on-Avon£7758
Garden renovation near Stroud£8254
Garden renovation near Suffolk Coastal£7742
Garden renovation near Sunderland£8246
Garden renovation near Swale£8166
Garden renovation near Swansea£7846
Garden renovation near Tameside£7894
Garden renovation near Teignbridge£7782
Garden renovation near Tendring£7726
Garden renovation near Test Valley£8190
Garden renovation near Thamesdown£8422
Garden renovation near Thanet£8158
Garden renovation near The Wrekin£7686
Garden renovation near Thurrock£8142
Garden renovation near Torbay£7854
Garden renovation near Trafford£7958
Garden renovation near Vale of Glamorgan£7998
Garden renovation near Vale of White Horse£8262
Garden renovation near Vale Royal£8182
Garden renovation near Wakefield£7534
Garden renovation near Walsall£7798
Garden renovation near Warrington£8222
Garden renovation near Warwick£7726
Garden renovation near Waveney£7902
Garden renovation near Waverley£8126
Garden renovation near Wealden£8022
Garden renovation near West Lancashire£8190
Garden renovation near West Lothian£7894
Garden renovation near West Wiltshire£8478
Garden renovation near Wigan£8214
Garden renovation near Windsor & Maidenhead£8230
Garden renovation near Wirral£8254
Garden renovation near Wokingham£8166
Garden renovation near Wolverhampton£7798
Garden renovation near Wrexham Maelor£8222
Garden renovation near Wychavon£7902
Garden renovation near Wycombe£8182
Garden renovation near York£7518