As an area where we spend a lot of time during the summer, our gardens are an escape from the stresses of modern life. It’s a place to socialise and it’s great for kids and pets to burn off excess energy. Plus, if you are planning to sell your home, creating a beautiful garden will help to increase the value of your property and ensure a quicker sale.
Keeping your outside space looking their best throughout the year is extremely important, and often, we simply don’t have the time, energy or experience to do this ourselves.
Whether you are planning a small garden project or simply looking to keep up yearly maintenance, we have the UK average for gardener prices. This cost guide contains prices for gardening services, general information and tips to help you achieve the perfect garden.
For a large garden renovation, check out our garden landscaping cost guide. Here you can get inspiration and ideas on costs to revamp your outdoor space!
How much does a gardener cost?
|Type of specialist||Time period||Cost + VAT |
(Range low - high)
|Gardener||Per hour||£15 - £45||£30|
|Landscape gardener||Per project|
(small – medium job)
|£250 - £2,500||£1,375|
|Landscape gardener||Per day||£180 - £280||£230|
There is a big difference between a gardener and a landscape gardener (which we will go into later) in terms of duties and the scope of garden design.
As such the cost of these professionals differs:
Prices for a gardener start at £200 per day.
Prices for landscape gardening starts at £280 per day.
Common services offered by gardeners and landscape gardeners
Some services will fall under both landscapers and gardeners but in general, it is important to ensure you select the correct worker for the job you require. Below are the most common services offered by either professional:
- Lawn, hedge and plant maintenance: Including weeding, mowing and trimming.
- Trees and flowers: Planting or cutting down trees and planting flowers.
- Pond or water feature: Adding, maintaining and mending broken ponds and water features.
- Patios and decking: Constructing new patios, installing new decking plus maintaining and fixing current flooring.
- Larger projects e.g. building structures: Installing new sheds or summer houses, building arches, custom built structures, and fencing.
Factors that affect gardening prices
In order to estimate the cost for any job you require it is vital to consider the following factors. However, in general any factor that increases the time taken to complete the job will increase the overall cost.
Size of garden: For jobs such as lawn mowing, hedge trimming and plant maintenance the size of the area to be worked on will affect the cost. An example of this is that larger gardens will usually have bigger lawns and hedges so will cost more than smaller gardens.
Service required: Whether you need to have a huge amount of weeds and shrubbery removed, or to simply have your grass cut will dictate the time needed. It is also important to consider the cost of the materials needed, such as fencing.
Ease of access: Any areas of your garden that are difficult to access may require extra equipment and inevitably take longer, therefore increasing the job price.
Experience: If you choose to hire a more experienced gardener this will cost more but leave you with a better end result.
Finish: It is important to be clear of the end result you are hoping to achieve. For example, if you wish to have a hedge trimmed or to have it sculpted into a work of art this will affect the cost.
The difference between a gardener and a landscaper
There are several differences between the two professions however, the main thing separating the two is the type and scale of the job. For example, gardeners deal with jobs like lawn maintenance, fence painting and digging new flower beds.
Another benefit of hiring a landscaper is that they can help assist you in planning wide scale jobs, inform you about the location of power lines and piping, and arrange for local contractors to help with your job.
Neither professional is any more important than the other as every aspect of gardening has a huge overall effect on the final appearance.
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How much does landscape gardening cost?
Usually, a landscape gardener will charge either a daily rate or an overall figure for the job.
Average landscape gardening rates are £280+ per day or £1,400+ per project.
How much does a gardener cost per hour?
Depending on the scale of the job, your gardener may simply charge an hourly rate (especially for smaller jobs). Gardener prices are slightly less than landscapers.
Average gardening prices per hour start from £30.
Can I landscape a garden myself?
The term garden landscaping covers a wide variety of different jobs, all with different levels of difficulty. With small jobs like lawn mowing and hedge clipping it is entirely possible for you to complete these yourself, however, unless you have a lot of practice it is important to remember that the end result will usually not match that of a professional.
Larger jobs bring with them a whole host of dangers and difficulties. It is unadvised that you take on any task that you are not properly qualified for. For example, laying a patio is notoriously difficult as it needs to have proper foundations or the end finish will be uneven and could pose a tripping hazard to you and your family.
Another example is when it comes to structures. If these are not done to a professional standard they could collapse and damage surrounding areas or injure anyone unlucky enough to be in the vicinity. We would therefore recommend you hire a professional to avoid injury, accidents and damages.
To find a local, reputable, tradesperson in your area and get a personalised cost for gardening services use our free search feature.
Key takeaways for gardener prices
- Gardeners and landscape gardeners have different specialities.
- Your gardener’s prices may be set at an hourly, daily or per project rate.
- There are many reasons to improve your outside space.
- Factors such as time taken and size of garden will affect the overall gardening price.
- It is dangerous to undertake large jobs yourself.
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