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.

Lawn mowing and edging

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Not only does a lawn look attractive, but it is practical and useful too, providing run-off for rain water, attracting wildlife and giving you somewhere for children and pets to run around. Keeping it in top condition can be time-consuming, but regular visits from a gardener to mow and maintain your lawn should save you money in the long run. Your gardener should offer you a better rate for regular visits and you won’t need to pay for time-consuming maintenance work or even a replacement lawn later on when your grass is overgrown, weed-ridden or even dying off.

You should try to book regular visits from a gardener from April to October to keep your lawn in good condition, as these are the prime growing times for the lawn and this also allows time for post-summer aftercare.

Moving a lawn

Booking a gardener to mow the lawn at least once (and preferably twice) a week is necessary in the summer months as grass grows fast once the sun is shining. You will need the lawn cutting less in dry weather and your gardener should not cut it too short, as longer grass retains water better.

During spring and autumn it is still best to cut your lawn every week to keep it healthy, although you can probably leave it to its own devices during winter. If the lawn looks very untidy then have your gardener go over it with a high cutting setting just to keep it in order. This should be followed by edging in the spring, when fertiliser can also be used to give the grass a kickstart as summer approaches. You can apply fertiliser again during the summer if the lawn needs livening up.

Once the summer is over you should have your gardener aerate your lawn with a fork and cover these areas with loam, sand and compost, as well as tidying up any lumps or bumps. Aerating the lawn promotes a healthy lawn through the movement of air and water in the soil.

Obviously, the size of your lawn will be a factor in how your gardener charges you. Gardeners tend to charge by the square metre, so do have a rough idea of the size of your garden before booking them. Very large lawns may need a gardener who uses a sit-on mower. It is still worth using a gardener if you have a smaller lawn, especially if you use one regularly. They can schedule your lawn maintenance around others nearby, thus making this relatively small job worthwhile for them.

Watering a lawn

It is necessary to feed and water your lawn to keep it healthy. You can ask your gardener to feed and water the grass when they come to mow the lawn. This will keep the grass green and will stop your lawn from dying off in the sun. You can also consult your gardener on installing sprinklers or other automated watering systems.

Weeding

Your gardener should pull out any weeds when they come to mow the lawn. This will usually be done before cutting begins, so that seeds are not spread into your grass. They should also rake any leaves from the lawn, once they begin to fall at the end of the summertime. Not all homeowners realise that you can find weedkillers that will work on the lawn without killing the grass. Good gardeners will use these to get rid of clover or unwanted flowers, although this may take more than one application of weedkiller.

Edging

Having a lawn professionally edged by your gardener means that you get a smart finish that will be the envy of your neighbours. Your lawn will also look neater for longer, with the sharp edges detracting from any overlong grass. You should ask your gardener to edge the lawn each spring and tidy up any noticeable edging problems each time he mows the lawn. Most good gardeners will do this anyway, using a specialist edging tool to complete the task.

A crisp edging job will add definition to your lawn, but a great landscape gardener will also be able to be creative with the borders of the grass. A gardening professional can create curved edges, shape around trees and ponds or simply make sharp edges that square off your lawn and provide a great border to your flower beds. An un-edged lawn will look untidy and will become more so over time, attracting weeds and creating uneven clumps of soil and grass around the edge of the lawn.

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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