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How much should you expect to pay a gardener per hour for garden maintenance in 2024?

Based on our research of qualified, self-employed gardeners, gardeners will charge a national average hourly rate of between £25 and £36 per hour in 2024 assuming you booked the gardener for a full day and are a regular customer. This is not their wage but reflects the cost of running their business.

How do we know what the average hourly rate of a gardener will be in 2024?

We survey our members each year. According to our nationwide research, the average daily target income for a qualified gardener with at least 10 years professional experience in 2023 was £258 per day – a 5% increase over 2022.

A 5% increase during 2024 is reasonable as the rate of inflation has slowed down but remains high. This suggests an average daily rate of £270 will be reasonable during 2024. Assuming 7.5 chargeable hours in a day, this gives an hourly rate of apx £36 per hour per worker for a qualified gardener with at least 10 years professional experience.

Compare gardeners hourly rates fairly in 2024

Ask about insurance, tools, experience, licenses and qualifications.

Every gardening business is different and these average 2024 hourly rates will vary between gardeners

- Some gardeners may charge more because they have higher qualifications, more experience, specialist knowledge (e.g. Garden Consultants) or additional equipment. - Regional cost of living variations will affect prices.

- Fees may increase as the level of danger/height increases.

- Hourly rates generally exclude removal of cuttings, chemical treatments etc

- Some gardeners may have specialist tools, longer ladders, require a bigger vehicle or have additional practical licenses (Chainsaw, Pesticides etc) or pay for the Upper Tier waste carriers license.

- Gardeners may have a minimum charge higher than their hourly rate to compensate for additional travel time to and from small jobs.

- Gardeners are in high demand and may increase their prices to match the demand for their services.

RESEARCH: A gardeners income drops by up to 37% on average during the winter months due to shorter days and unsettled weather. During the growing season, gardeners are in high demand.

A gardeners hourly rate reflects the cost of running their business

On average around 25% of a gardeners annual turnover is spent on business costs. This includes training, insurance, accounting, vehicle, tools and maintenance, protective clothing, oils, fuels, lubricants, replacement parts and sundries.

A gardeners charges will vary depending on how often you need them

Think about what you really need - maintenance or manicure? A 'manicured' garden will need regular visits so a gardener will likely charge by the hour and involve detailed work. A gardeners lowest rate may be reserved for regular customers who give the gardener work 12 months a year.

Standard garden maintenance (mowing lawns, trimming hedges, weeding etc) may be offered to you at a fixed price. A fixed price helps you budget and is an efficient way to keep your garden under control.

Whether you need standard maintenance or more time consuming work will also depend on the plants you have chosen to have in your garden.

Beware of false economy

Having spent thousands of pounds on tools, insurance and training, a professional gardener will be proud to tell you why they are worth their fees, and you will benefit as they work efficiently and effectively.

Judge the quality of a gardeners work by asking them to do a small task and invite them back only if you are happy. Every gardener is different and will focus on certain types of work. Some gardeners specialise in border maintenance and pruning while others specialise in work that requires powered tools - so even a very good gardener may not be the best gardener for your garden.

Saving money with a professional gardener in 2024

Save money (and help your gardener) by doing the right job at the right time. Garden maintenance is required all year around. Spread the cost by doing the right job at the right time.

* Ask your gardener for help when work is really required at the right time of the year. A good gardener can tell you when each plant needs attention.
* Talk to your gardener about how to simplify your garden i.e. mulching borders so you don't have to weed so often.
* Stay in contact with your gardener by asking them to cut your lawn regularly - often a fixed price service.
* Plan ahead and call your gardener before your garden becomes overgrown as they may be busy.

If you do this they will likely give you priority over irregular customers.

Please note: 
These suggestions are for maintenance gardening only and not landscaping or tree surgery as these are different disciplines with higher costs involved.


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