All you need to know about the costs associated with hiring a gardener to carry out some general garden maintenance including materials, labour and time frames.
General garden maintenance includes grass cutting and lawn feeding, hedge and bush trimming/pruning, leaf blowing, weed removal, watering, and patio/driveway cleaning. The cost for regular maintenance in the garden does vary considerably, depending on your location, size of the maintenance company, plus of course the size of the garden and how much work is required. there is a big difference in the prices charged by self-employed gardeners and those who were running a larger business with many employees. Obviously there are additional costs that are involved with a large business, whereas "one-man band" type businesses can charge just enough to cover their wages and limited expenses. There are also big differences in costs charged for London and the South-East based gardeners, compared to those in the North or West. Living in London is just so much more expensive than anywhere else in the country, so the tradesman has to charge more to cover the higher cost of living.
The periods of peak grass growth are in the Spring and Autumn time when you should really be having your grass cut every week or at least every other week. Mowing frequency can be greatly reduced in the winter. Your lawn requires regular feeding to maintain health and encourage new growth, your gardener should feed the turf twice yearly for best results. New hedges require formative pruning at least twice per year but established hedges just need maintenance trimming once per year, though elaborate formal hedges may still need pruned twice a year or more to look their best. Maintenance trimming is generally carried out in the spring and summer months. Professional and experienced gardeners will know exactly how often to trim your bushes and hedges.
Pruning is an essential practice to encourage healthy growth and flowering. Most shrubs and trees need to be pruned at the right time, some plants are best pruned in winter, others right after flowering. Although the term weed is subjective, it usually means any invasive plants that compete with the grass for space to grow. Clover, dandelions, daisies and buttercups are probably the most common lawn weeds in the UK. Early identification and prompt manual removal is the best option to prevent future large-scale weed problems. This should start in the spring and continue into the Autumn. although a growing number do not bother too much about things like daisy and dandelion growth, as long as the lawn is trimmed neatly.
In the drier seasons, during hot, dry periods. All plants need watered with the exception of the toughest, most drought tolerant plants. During the wetter seasons the watering should pretty much take care of itself, but do not take this for granted, a good gardener will always keep an eye on the frequency of rain. Your patio and drives need regular cleaning and perhaps some weed removal too, but usually a good going over with a pressure hose a few times a year will do the trick!
A contract specifying a fixed number of hours per year and paid weekly or monthly can often be the best option for both the gardener and the householder. A fixed price per month for the householder is better than getting huge bills in the summer when most of the work will be done. Gardeners prefer a fixed monthly payment too as it is easier for them to budget. But you do need to be very careful before signing any long term maintenance contract.
Garden maintenance prices are difficult to determine, but most gardeners work off an hourly rate. Hourly rates can vary massively from £15 per hour up to £50 per hour in areas like London! Most gardeners may have a minimum charge of 2-3 hours for small jobs, but will also work off a fixed rate for bigger jobs. General garden maintenance includes a variety of jobs including grass cutting and lawn feeding, hedge and bush trimming/pruning, leaf blowing, weed removal, patio/driveway cleaning, and more!
Below are some estimated costs of hiring a gardener to carry out some garden maintenance:
|Garden Size||Avg. Cost||Duration|
|6x4 metres||£150||3-6 hours|
|8x6 metres||£200||5-7 hours|
|12x8 metres||£300||1-2 days|
Individual costs for hiring a gardener to mow a lawn, trim hedges and do some general garden tidying - Total Cost: £150