How much should you pay a gardener for regular or one-off garden maintenance?
The simple answer is 'the same as any other tradesman'. Although you may not use a plumber or electrician every week, a gardener's expenses are very high and the work is very labour intensive.
The running costs of a professional gardening business are just as high as any other professional trade - accountant, training, insurance, transport and vehicle maintenance, tools and tool maintenance.
For example, it can cost as much to service a mower as it does to service a car. A gardener may have more than one mower plus many other petrol tools that all need servicing, oil, fuel, lubricants and replacement parts.
If you don't need the minimum hours work i.e. you just want the grass cut or your hedges cut then we will offer a fixed price quote for a specific job.
A fixed price will vary according to the circumstances. As a result, the fixed price will have no relation to the gardeners standard hourly rates.
As an example a window cleaner does not work for an hourly rate - Neither could a gardener cut a small lawn for an hourly rate.
What needs to be done?
Think about what you really need before we attend your appointment - maintenance or 'manicure'. A 'manicured' garden will need regular visits so we will recommend either 4 hours or 8 hours weekly, fortnightly or monthly depending on the size of your garden. Standard regular maintenance (mowing lawns, trimming hedges) will normally be charged at a fixed price.
A fixed price helps you budget and is an efficient way to keep your garden under control. Doing the right job at the right time of the year will help you spread the cost and keep your garden healthy.
Beware of false economy. The less a gardener charges the longer he/she is likely to take - after all, what incentive do they have to get the job done. Do they have their own tools? If they use your tools are you insured if they hurt themselves?
If the gardener offers you nothing but labour then the minimum wage in the UK is around £9 per hr. Cheap labourers soon give up self-employment and return to employed work - especially during the winter
Having spent thousands of pounds on tools, insurance and training we will be proud to tell you why we are worth what we charge and you will benefit as we work efficiently and safely.
*Talk to us about how to simplify your garden i.e. mulching borders so you don't have to weed so often.
* Stay in contact with us by asking us to cut your lawn regularly - at a fixed price service on a Thursday or Friday so that your lawns are always looking great for the weekend.
*Plan ahead and call us before the garden gets desperate as we will be busy. You can also talk to any one of our gardeners for ideas on how to simplify your garden.
Good gardeners are busy gardeners and get the job done. Professional gardeners have no shortage of work and regular customers so they don't need to make a simple task last. During the busy seasons, a good gardener will likely be booked months in advance.
Please stay in contact with us and book in your slot. Plan ahead and contact us before your garden becomes very overgrown and don't forget to book in your slot.
Once you're in the diary you're in!
Our General garden maintenance prices are as follows for one gardener:
4 hours for one gardener = £70.00
8 hours for one gardener = £140.00
This will be a gardener turning up with all the tools required to carryout the job that has been booked in. Fully self-sufficient.
On the General garden maintenance all waste is placed in to the local council green bin and then bagged up for you. If waste removal is required then this would be quoted.
One-off gardening requirements will be quoted for.
Most traders aim to earn a minimum of £150 a day to cover all overheads within the business.
Please note: These suggestions are for our maintenance gardening only and not landscaping or tree surgery as these are different disciplines that we do not carryout.