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Gardener cost per hour

Gardener cost per hour

A well-maintained garden will add value to your home as long as you are not paying too much. Hourly rates vary depending on where you live and what kind of gardener you are hiring. The average cost per hour for a gardener in the UK is £27 per hour but can range from a £12 to £59 hourly rate. Large landscaping companies and local gardeners will vary in price so you need to know what you are looking for. If you are supplying the tools the rate should be lower.

See our gardener rates table for more hourly rates, alternatively post a job with HaMuch and get a free quote

Gardener cost per day

For larger projects getting the gardeners daily rate will help you understand better how much your project will cost. The average daily rate for a gardener is £196 per day but we have rates ranging from £77 to £400 per day. Landscaping projects normally require more than one gardener and heavy machinery supplied by them costs more. So for projects like laying patios, decking and fencing get a written quote that will have a breakdown of materials and rates.

Check out our rates table for more regional day rates or post a job and get your local rates.

How to get the cheapest quotes when looking for a gardener

Self-employed gardeners are just as qualified and experienced as those working for a big company.

By being a small business gardeners avoids many business costs (e.g. administration staff, office rental etc), charging less for gardening work, but giving you the same level of quality.

Get quotes from self-employed gardeners and talk directly with the person who is going to do the job.

Choosing a gardener

When choosing a Gardener or Landscaper try to get 3 comparison quotes so you have a feel for the value of service. When receiving a quote, discuss if the quote includes the gardener bringing their own tools, such as a lawn mower, rake and spade, or if they intend on using tools that you will provide. While working in the garden, garden waste will be generated, so remember to discuss before the job commences whose responsibility it will be to remove the garden waste. If your gardener is coming to do a once off job, (e.g. cut the hedges back and remove some shrubs) they may include in the quote a trip to the local tip to clear the waste. If it is a regular lawn mowing, edging and tidying while removing weeds, the gardener may ask you to arrange a regular garden collection from your local council.

Ask for references from previous clients and investigate whether the gardener has been reliable showing up on said days as well as finding out how tidy they are in the garden. If it is for a landscaping job, e.g. a pond construction or placing paving in an area, ask for ‘before and after’ photos of similar projects carried out recently.

Tip: When the gardener arrives at your home to quote the job, be clear about what jobs you need doing. The upkeep of lawns, hedges, weeding and tidying flower beds requires little imagination on your part but envisaging a whole new garden requires a bit more thought.If you have a clear idea about what you want, the gardener will find it easier to cost the job based on the materials you want to use and scale of the project. In some cases you may want them to give you inspiration but be careful not to go over budget!

Gardening ideas and costs

Cost of Gardening Beds

Gardening beds create a happy space filled with colourful planting flowers. If you want your garden formed with raised or flat beds let the gardener know an idea of how you envision your garden to look. For example;

  • How many flower beds do you want constructed?
  • If you want them raised or flat?
  • Where or what shape do you want the flower beds?
  • Whether you would like a water feature (pond or fountain).
  • If you want an easy to maintain garden or you want to flex your green fingers.

A simple levelling of some garden space creating flower beds and a path can cost approximately £400 and take a day or so depending on the hands.

Cost of Laying Grass

If you are having a gardener lay lawn for you, discuss the different types of grass available and which grass would best suit your needs. Dwarf Ryegrass is popular for its thick growth and ability to take quickly, but is not to keen on the shade, where as Red Fescue loves the shade but is not keen on hot weather. Alternatively you could choose an artificial surface if you don’t fancy mowing the lawn. Clearing a garden to lay grass will cost around £20 per sq metre.

Cost of building a Garden Fence

For wood structures that you might want help with (i.e. fencing, shed, gate, pergola or gazebo) make sure the gardener will have access to the area in your garden where you would like the structure repaired or erected. Ask for advice on types of products available e.g. if discussing fencing, ask about feather edge, picket fencing, overlap panels vs closeboard panels. Replacing a wooden garden fence costs around £500.

We have compiled a list of jobs that a gardener does with an estimated price. We also have a table which shows the gardener rates around the UK. At HaMuch we are trying to help you keep your costs down so search wisely and good luck.

List of gardening costs for your home

JobEstimate
Cost to weed a garden £45
Cost to turf a lawn £200
Cost to prune a tree £50
Cost to plant shrubs £25
Cost to mow the lawn £25
Cost to remove a hedge £44
Garden clearance £400
Once off clearance - removal of ivy & weeds, hedge trimming £80
General garden maintenance, based on 2 hours of tidying £50
High pressure jet cleaning paths, drive, gutters, walls, patio £110
Levelling some of the garden, creating flower beds & a pathway £400
Levelling out a section and laying slabs to create a pathway £300
Digging out & levelling the area, laying slabs to create a patio £300
Dig a section of the garden and create a pond £400
Cutting down a small tree and removing the trunk as well as digging out some of the roots £300
Clearing a garden and laying artificial turf down £60 per sqr metre
Replacing an old wooden fence for a new fence £500
Erecting a wooden shed on an existing base £200

Rates for other trades

Gardener near Aberdeen£25£200Gardener near Amber Valley£23£180Gardener near Angus£20£200Gardener near Arun£29£211Gardener near Ashfield£24£175Gardener near Aylesbury Vale£25£182Gardener near Barnsley£33£177Gardener near Basildon£28£211Gardener near Basingstoke & Deane£29£206Gardener near Bassetlaw£25£187Gardener near Bath & North East Somerset£30£224Gardener near Bedford£29£180Gardener near Belfast£22£149Gardener near Birmingham£48£169Gardener near Blackburn£30£218Gardener near Blackpool£25£205Gardener near Bolton£28£203Gardener near Bournemouth£32£213Gardener near Bracknell Forest£31£223Gardener near Bradford£30£143Gardener near Braintree£29£180Gardener near Breckland£20£177Gardener near Bridgend£26£148Gardener near Brighton£29£195Gardener near Bristol£29£220Gardener near Broadland£20£179Gardener near Broxtowe£24£174Gardener near Bury£28£199Gardener near Caerphilly£29£180Gardener near Calderdale£24£143Gardener near Cambridge£25£194Gardener near Canterbury£26£217Gardener near Cardiff£32£184Gardener near Carmarthenshire£15£125Gardener near Charnwood£22£182Gardener near Chelmsford£29£198Gardener near Cheltenham£31£244Gardener near Cherwell£29£212Gardener near Chester£31£268Gardener near Colchester£27£166Gardener near Coventry£20£169Gardener near Crewe & Nantwich£27£196Gardener near Dacorum£33£229Gardener near Derby£24£199Gardener near Doncaster£25£172Gardener near Dover£27£218Gardener near Dudley£48£167Gardener near Dundee£21£200Gardener near East Ayrshire£18£147Gardener near East Devon£23£155Gardener near East Dunbartonshire£26£231Gardener near East Hampshire£27£222Gardener near East Hertfordshire£32£221Gardener near East Lindsey£16£125Gardener near East Riding£19£168Gardener near Eastleigh£30£217Gardener near Edinburgh£25£195Gardener near Elmbridge£34£238Gardener near Epping Forest£35£236Gardener near Erewash£25£190Gardener near Exeter£26£162Gardener near Falkirk£23£202Gardener near Fife£30£202Gardener near Flintshire£26£216Gardener near Gateshead£36£240Gardener near Gedling£24£172Gardener near Glasgow£27£237Gardener near Gloucester£32£248Gardener near Guildford£31£222Gardener near Halton£29£243Gardener near Harrogate£21£117Gardener near Havant & Waterloo£28£221Gardener near Highland£28£210Gardener near Horsham£30£217Gardener near Huntingdonshire£26£182Gardener near Ipswich£23£184Gardener near Isle of Wight£28£193Gardener near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£22£198Gardener near Kingston-upon-Hull£19£168Gardener near Kirklees£25£148Gardener near Knowsley£28£236Gardener near Lancaster£22£197Gardener near Leeds£30£140Gardener near Leicester£19£185Gardener near Lisburn£22£149Gardener near Liverpool£29£239Gardener near London£35£241Gardener near Luton£32£222Gardener near Macclesfield£28£195Gardener near Maidstone£29£221Gardener near Manchester£27£196Gardener near Mid Bedfordshire£30£194Gardener near Mid Sussex£30£211Gardener near Middlesbrough£16£106Gardener near Milton Keynes£28£182Gardener near Neath Port Talbot£23£167Gardener near New Forest£29£220Gardener near Newbury£29£207Gardener near Newcastle-under-Lyme£27£192Gardener near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£36£240Gardener near Newport£31£189Gardener near North Ayrshire£24£189Gardener near North East Lincolnshire£15£109Gardener near North Hertfordshire£33£209Gardener near North Lanarkshire£24£216Gardener near North Lincolnshire£19£166Gardener near North Somerset£28£221Gardener near North Tyneside£36£240Gardener near North Wiltshire£36£246Gardener near Northampton£26£163Gardener near Norwich£21£190Gardener near Nottingham£24£172Gardener near Nuneaton & Bedworth£20£172Gardener near Oldham£27£189Gardener near Oxford£31£221Gardener near Perth & Kinross£20£186Gardener near Peterborough£30£225Gardener near Plymouth£16£130Gardener near Poole£32£207Gardener near Portsmouth£28£217Gardener near Powys£20£160Gardener near Preston£28£214Gardener near Reading£30£213Gardener near Redcar & Cleveland£16£102Gardener near Reigate & Banstead£34£236Gardener near Renfrewshire£28£238Gardener near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£30£180Gardener near Rochdale£26£186Gardener near Rochester-upon-Medway£14£240Gardener near Rotherham£25£173Gardener near Salford£27£196Gardener near Salisbury£31£260Gardener near Sandwell£47£167Gardener near Scottish Borders£75£600Gardener near Sefton£25£220Gardener near Sevenoaks£31£228Gardener near Sheffield£25£175Gardener near Slough£33£233Gardener near Solihull£50£168Gardener near South Ayrshire£18£147Gardener near South Bedfordshire£29£180Gardener near South Cambridgeshire£33£190Gardener near South Gloucestershire£28£210Gardener near South Kesteven£27£252Gardener near South Lanarkshire£24£228Gardener near South Oxfordshire£32£224Gardener near South Somerset£24£186Gardener near South Tyneside£35£238Gardener near Southampton£30£217Gardener near Southend-on-Sea£25£190Gardener near St Albans£35£238Gardener near St Helens£29£238Gardener near Stafford£26£189Gardener near Stockport£28£197Gardener near Stockton-on-Tees£16£106Gardener near Stoke-on-Trent£27£196Gardener near Stratford-on-Avon£22£175Gardener near Stroud£31£242Gardener near Suffolk Coastal£21£168Gardener near Sunderland£34£234Gardener near Swale£28£226Gardener near Swansea£22£177Gardener near Tameside£27£193Gardener near Teignbridge£24£161Gardener near Tendring£23£168Gardener near Test Valley£30£228Gardener near Thamesdown£31£240Gardener near Thanet£27£223Gardener near The Wrekin£22£160Gardener near Thurrock£30£218Gardener near Torbay£23£164Gardener near Trafford£28£199Gardener near Vale of Glamorgan£35£189Gardener near Vale of White Horse£31£224Gardener near Vale Royal£26£217Gardener near Wakefield£30£147Gardener near Walsall£40£186Gardener near Warrington£30£241Gardener near Warwick£20£163Gardener near Waveney£22£190Gardener near Waverley£29£214Gardener near Wealden£26£196Gardener near West Lancashire£26£225Gardener near West Lothian£23£195Gardener near West Wiltshire£36£246Gardener near Wigan£31£243Gardener near Windsor & Maidenhead£32£228Gardener near Wirral£27£230Gardener near Wokingham£31£222Gardener near Wolverhampton£24£172Gardener near Wrexham Maelor£28£231Gardener near Wychavon£137£198Gardener near Wycombe£31£222Gardener near York£20£135