Setting the right budget

How much should you expect to pay?

We know it's difficult to estimate how much a project will cost, that's why we've surveyed our tradesmen to give you an idea of how much you should expect to pay for specific jobs. Tradesmen all across the country have contributed to the cost guides, so the costs you see are an approximate national average.

Earth work - levelling and sloping

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Earth work £200 £400 £300 £650 £400 £900

Levelling or sloping your garden is where the real landscaping part of gardening comes into play and the cost of the job is very much dependent on just how much work needs doing.

Levelling a lawn can be a fairly minor job, but adding slopes or camber to a regular garden involves a good deal of design work as well as lots of labour. You can gain height in smaller gardens by using raised beds and smaller features, but a large garden will require more intensive work if you want sloping beds or a raised area at the end of the garden. This work should be done in autumn or winter so that the ground is soft and you will also have some time to have the garden planted for the summer and any other work finished.

Of course, you will need to take drainage and run-off into account when changing the layout of your garden. Changing drainage may indeed be one of the main reasons that you consider having such work done. Changing the camber of the garden can help water to drain away from the house and can prevent or solve damp problems.

An experienced landscaper will be able to assess the lay of your garden and advise on what can and what should not be done. They will then call in a team of ground workers or gardeners who will do the work to change the level of the garden. You can also arrange for any planting or paving to be done at the same time to keep disruption to a minimum.

Rated People surveyed 107 of our gardeners across the country to give you an idea of the approximate costs for a range of work in your garden. Please note these prices are average, do not include materials and are offered as guidance only, to help you budget when posting a job on Rated People. For a free quote tailored to your specific requirements, please contact one of our local gardeners and garden designers.


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