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Guide to weeding costs in 2022

A bright colourful garden can bring so much joy but dealing with unwanted weeds can not only suck the life out of the garden but out of the hard work you have put in to ensure a pretty, happy outside space.

UK gardens are prone to weeds all year round, but of course growth spurts of weeds happen the quickest in the Spring / Summer period. If you manage to keep on top of the weeds appearing through April to June, it means for the rest of the year, although you will still need to weed, it will be less intrusive with the weeds appearing in your lawn or flowerbeds. Breaking a big garden into manageable 20 minutes a day of weeding will make a noticeable difference to your garden without leaving you too exhausted.

How much will it cost to weed my garden?

How much to weed your garden costs will depend on the frequency and overall size of your garden. From only wanting a section of the garden weeded (perhaps a few flower beds) rather than the entire space including paths, drive and lawn to how often, from a once-off big spring weed or an on-going fortnightly maintenance of weeding. The average cost to regularly weed a garden in the UK is £45, but it depends on the frequency and how challenging the weeding job is. To help give you an idea, check out the estimated costs below:

How often do I need to weed my garden?

The best time to weed a garden is after the rain when the soil is damp as this allows for the easy pulling out and dislodging roots as well as the exposed weed. Even watering your garden in the morning with a plan to weed later in the afternoon can make a difference in ease of weeding. Weeding in spring and early summertime is crucial, as this is when the weeds are still tiny, and have yet to seed. You want to rid your garden before they have a chance to spread.

Weeds fall into three categories;

  • Annual weeds - in the space of a year they germinate, gow, produce seeds and die, so removing them when tiny before they seed means that they will not return.
  • Biennial weeds - these have a two year life cycle and it is in the second year that seeds are produced, so they need to be removed in year one.
  • Perennial weeds - these spread without producing seeds and live for longer than two years.

Here are some of the UK’s most common weeds found in gardens and other outside spaces like driveways, pathways and pavements;

  • Bindweed
  • Chickweed
  • Clover leaf
  • Dandelion
  • Field horsetail
  • Ground elder
  • Groundsel
  • Hairy bittercress
  • Japanese knotweed
  • Nettle
  • Perennial weeds
  • Ragweed
  • Shepherd's purse

On-going regular upkeep of a garden will need weeding once a week in the height of summer or even every second week for a thorough weed. The more often you can pull out tiny newly formed weeds, means less chance of the weeding being an overwhelming task, strangling your plants and more chance of you eradicating certain weeds for good. If you are planning to add some new plants to a flower bed, or lay turf down, part of the preparation before planting will be ridding the area of any weeds. If you are planting plants and shrubs, you do not want to use a weed killer, as this poison will still be in the soil, after killing off the weeds and be toxic to your newly planted flowers.

What weeding products can I use to suppress weeds in my garden?

An easy choice for ridding your garden of weeds, is to use a weed killer chemical, although this works very quickly, they can also cause harm to your lawn, other plants and to insects as well as any pets that might wander the garden. The toxins from the herbicide can linger in the soil for longer than expected.

If creating a new bed or laying turf, before adding the topsoil, a weed membrane can first be applied. This will stop weeds coming through while also allowing water to penetrate through to the ground rather than pooling in the top layer. Unfortunately, the weed membrane will also stop the new plants or turf from absorbing any nutrients that the ground had to offer.

Spreading mulch in the beds between plants and shrubs suppresses weeds from coming through and stops seeds from germinating. As mulch breaks down it is good for the soil, adding nutrients to the ground that will benefit the plants and shrubs. It does not however remove any existing weeds present in the garden and can be costly, depending on the size of your flower beds as it will need to be topped up yearly.

The best source of defence from weeds, and the one that is safest for your pets and plants, is manually pulling them out, one weed at a time! Even if you manage to remove all traces of weed from your garden, in time, as seeds blow across from neighbouring gardens, they will continue to germinate in your outdoor space, bringing with them new weeds to eradicate.

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Estimates for common gardener jobs;

JobEstimate
Cost to weed a garden £45
Cost to turf a lawn £320
Cost to mow the lawn £25

Rates for other trades

Weeding cost in the UK
Weeding cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKWeeding cost
Weeding near Aberdeen£50
Weeding near Amber Valley£42
Weeding near Angus£40
Weeding near Arun£58
Weeding near Ashfield£40
Weeding near Aylesbury Vale£50
Weeding near Barnsley£68
Weeding near Basildon£56
Weeding near Basingstoke & Deane£56
Weeding near Bassetlaw£52
Weeding near Bath & North East Somerset£58
Weeding near Bedford£48
Weeding near Belfast£46
Weeding near Birmingham£118
Weeding near Blackburn£60
Weeding near Blackpool£50
Weeding near Bolton£56
Weeding near Bournemouth£56
Weeding near Bracknell Forest£60
Weeding near Bradford£62
Weeding near Braintree£56
Weeding near Breckland£40
Weeding near Bridgend£52
Weeding near Brighton£58
Weeding near Bristol£56
Weeding near Broadland£38
Weeding near Broxtowe£42
Weeding near Bury£58
Weeding near Caerphilly£54
Weeding near Calderdale£48
Weeding near Cambridge£48
Weeding near Canterbury£50
Weeding near Cardiff£54
Weeding near Carmarthenshire£30
Weeding near Charnwood£40
Weeding near Chelmsford£56
Weeding near Cheltenham£64
Weeding near Cherwell£60
Weeding near Chester£62
Weeding near Colchester£54
Weeding near Coventry£38
Weeding near Crewe & Nantwich£58
Weeding near Dacorum£68
Weeding near Derby£46
Weeding near Doncaster£48
Weeding near Dover£52
Weeding near Dudley£116
Weeding near Dundee£40
Weeding near East Ayrshire£34
Weeding near East Devon£46
Weeding near East Dunbartonshire£50
Weeding near East Hampshire£52
Weeding near East Hertfordshire£62
Weeding near East Lindsey£32
Weeding near East Riding£38
Weeding near Eastleigh£60
Weeding near Edinburgh£50
Weeding near Elmbridge£68
Weeding near Epping Forest£72
Weeding near Erewash£44
Weeding near Exeter£52
Weeding near Falkirk£42
Weeding near Fife£60
Weeding near Flintshire£52
Weeding near Gateshead£74
Weeding near Gedling£42
Weeding near Glasgow£52
Weeding near Gloucester£66
Weeding near Guildford£60
Weeding near Halton£58
Weeding near Harrogate£40
Weeding near Havant & Waterloo£56
Weeding near Highland£56
Weeding near Horsham£60
Weeding near Huntingdonshire£48
Weeding near Ipswich£40
Weeding near Isle of Wight£56
Weeding near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£40
Weeding near Kingston-upon-Hull£38
Weeding near Kirklees£46
Weeding near Knowsley£56
Weeding near Lancaster£44
Weeding near Leeds£64
Weeding near Leicester£38
Weeding near Lisburn£46
Weeding near Liverpool£58
Weeding near London£72
Weeding near Luton£64
Weeding near Macclesfield£58
Weeding near Maidstone£58
Weeding near Manchester£56
Weeding near Mid Bedfordshire£54
Weeding near Mid Sussex£60
Weeding near Middlesbrough£30
Weeding near Milton Keynes£50
Weeding near Neath Port Talbot£46
Weeding near New Forest£60
Weeding near Newbury£56
Weeding near Newcastle-under-Lyme£58
Weeding near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£74
Weeding near Newport£54
Weeding near North Ayrshire£48
Weeding near North East Lincolnshire£30
Weeding near North Hertfordshire£60
Weeding near North Lanarkshire£50
Weeding near North Lincolnshire£36
Weeding near North Somerset£54
Weeding near North Tyneside£74
Weeding near North Wiltshire£74
Weeding near Northampton£44
Weeding near Norwich£42
Weeding near Nottingham£42
Weeding near Nuneaton & Bedworth£38
Weeding near Oldham£54
Weeding near Oxford£62
Weeding near Perth & Kinross£40
Weeding near Peterborough£56
Weeding near Plymouth£32
Weeding near Poole£54
Weeding near Portsmouth£56
Weeding near Powys£40
Weeding near Preston£58
Weeding near Reading£58
Weeding near Redcar & Cleveland£28
Weeding near Reigate & Banstead£68
Weeding near Renfrewshire£52
Weeding near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£52
Weeding near Rochdale£50
Weeding near Rochester-upon-Medway£24
Weeding near Rotherham£48
Weeding near Salford£54
Weeding near Salisbury£62
Weeding near Sandwell£110
Weeding near Scarborough£100
Weeding near Scottish Borders£150
Weeding near Sefton£48
Weeding near Sevenoaks£62
Weeding near Sheffield£48
Weeding near Slough£66
Weeding near Solihull£116
Weeding near South Ayrshire£34
Weeding near South Bedfordshire£48
Weeding near South Cambridgeshire£48
Weeding near South Gloucestershire£54
Weeding near South Kesteven£54
Weeding near South Lanarkshire£46
Weeding near South Oxfordshire£66
Weeding near South Somerset£48
Weeding near South Tyneside£72
Weeding near Southampton£60
Weeding near Southend-on-Sea£50
Weeding near St Albans£72
Weeding near St Helens£58
Weeding near Stafford£54
Weeding near Stockport£58
Weeding near Stockton-on-Tees£30
Weeding near Stoke-on-Trent£58
Weeding near Stratford-on-Avon£44
Weeding near Stroud£62
Weeding near Suffolk Coastal£34
Weeding near Sunderland£70
Weeding near Swale£56
Weeding near Swansea£44
Weeding near Tameside£56
Weeding near Teignbridge£48
Weeding near Tendring£42
Weeding near Test Valley£60
Weeding near Thamesdown£62
Weeding near Thanet£52
Weeding near The Wrekin£42
Weeding near Thurrock£60
Weeding near Torbay£46
Weeding near Trafford£56
Weeding near Vale of Glamorgan£52
Weeding near Vale of White Horse£62
Weeding near Vale Royal£54
Weeding near Wakefield£62
Weeding near Walsall£46
Weeding near Warrington£62
Weeding near Warwick£38
Weeding near Waveney£42
Weeding near Waverley£56
Weeding near Wealden£52
Weeding near West Lancashire£52
Weeding near West Lothian£44
Weeding near West Wiltshire£74
Weeding near Wigan£62
Weeding near Windsor & Maidenhead£62
Weeding near Wirral£52
Weeding near Wokingham£58
Weeding near Wolverhampton£46
Weeding near Wrexham Maelor£52
Weeding near Wychavon£366
Weeding near Wycombe£62
Weeding near York£40