We surveyed recommended gardeners and landscape designers to find out how much you should spend on 12 common jobs and how long they should take to complete.
We asked Which? Local-recommended gardeners and landscape designers to complete a survey about the cost and completion time for 12 standard gardening and landscape designing jobs.
Armed with this information, you'll know what questions to ask, roughly what price you can expect to pay and how long jobs should take when hiring a gardener or landscape designer.
Gardening prices and completion times
All of our prices include labour and materials but exclude VAT.
|Job||Details||Typical price quoted||Price range||Typical time to complete job|
|Survey conducted in July 2012.|
|Mow lawn||Mow lawn approx 20m x 10m. Cost of doing job once, but based on a regular weekly job. ||£30||£20-£35||1 hour|
|Lay a patio||Lay a patio approx 4m x 2m of basic, square paving slabs. Assumption that ground is currently laid to lawn and flat.||£800||£625-£1,050||1-2 days|
|Remove existing patio and lay to lawn||Remove a paved patio of 4m x 2m. Replace with lawn.||£475||£350-£661||1-2 days|
|Build a decked area||Build a decked area in a garden. 2.5m x 4m. Assume area is flat and currently laid to lawn. ||£880||£700-£1,050||1-2 days|
|Build a garden shed||Build an 8' x 6' shiplap shed. Shed purchased by customer. Working on the assumption that flat base is already in place.||£150||£100-£176||0.5–1 day|
|Build a garden fence||Construct a garden fence with ten 6' x 5' panels including posts and capping. Includes price of labour plus all materials.||£760||£635-£900||1-2 days|
|Create two raised beds (1.5m x 4m) for vegetable patch||Assuming that ground is currently laid to lawn.||n/a||£215-£675||1–2 days|
|Build a small rockery||Including rocks and plants.||£350||£220-£400||1 day|
|Build a shingle garden path||Build a shingle path, approx 1m x 6m.||n/a||£200-£500||0.5–1 day|
|Build a garden pond||Includes digging the hole, lining and filling a pond of approximately 1.5m diameter.||£507||£400-£713||1-2 days|
|Bring an overgrown garden back to life||Weed, prune and mow an overgrown garden left untended for more than a year. Garden approximately 20m x 10m – assuming it is currently laid to lawn with shrub borders on three sides. Dispose of all waste.||£450||£260-£750 (depending on type of shrubs to be removed and amount of waste to dispose of)||1–3 days (depending on type and volume of shrubs)|
|Trim garden hedge ||Assuming existing hedge is approximately 10m long and 2m high. Needs trimming on top and both sides.||£90||£66-£115||2–4 hours|
Gardening jobs: trader tips
In July 2012 we sent a survey to all Which? Local traders in the Gardeners and landscaping category with a rating of three stars or more and an email address.
21 gardeners and landscape designers responded to the survey. Using their experience and expertise, they answered questions about the cost of popular gardening jobs, and how long they should take to complete.
Read more about the methodology
In addition to the pricing and completion time information, the recommended gardeners who participated in our survey also shared some helpful advice.
Job: remove patio and lay to lawn
There will be a lot of waste to get rid of, so make sure traders have factored this into their quote. Most traders we surveyed said that they would hire a skip and include this in their price.
Job: lay a patio
Make sure that your quote includes removal of excess soil (unless you want to use it elsewhere in your garden).
A good patio should be built on a solid base of hardcore, sand or cement. Be wary of traders saying that they can do a quick job. They might be trying to lay slabs straight onto soil, which would not be a quality job.
Job: mow lawn
Most traders said that their price would include strimming, edging and waste disposal so check that this is included in any quotes that you get.
As this is a relatively small job, some traders might apply a minimum charge. It might be more cost efficient to get them to do other gardening work while they are there.