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.


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Paving £500 £1,000 £800 £1,500 £1,100 £2,400

Choosing the right paving for your garden is both a practical and style choice. Your landscape gardener will be able to advise on materials, cost and colours, as well as any other requirements you may have – garden paths can easily be designed to take wheelchairs into account. You should however, keep paths to a minimum to allow water to run off into the garden better and prevent flooding.

Think about whether you want something that takes you around your flower beds for the watering rounds, or if you want something that simply takes you from one end of the garden to the other. Price will depend upon the materials you use, as well as the size of the area you need to be paved.

Types of paving

When choosing paving, there are two main materials to choose from and these are stones or composites. Stones are quarried natural materials such as slate, granite, sandstone, limestone or gravel and most of these will age beautifully over time as they wear and are weathered. They tend to be a bit more expensive than composite materials such as slabs made from concrete or bricks, but most will agree that they look more natural and attractive.

If budget is a concern then you can mix up materials, using more expensive ones in more visible areas or having your landscaper design a feature from natural materials. You should take maintenance into account when choosing paving, as no matter what material you choose, you will get the odd weed making its home in the pathway and some materials could become slippery in winter.

Sealant between the stones or slabs should help prevent a good deal of weeds, but be sure that you or your gardener remove any weeds from the path when they tidy the garden. Well-laid slabs should not be shifted by weeds (as contrary to popular opinion they grow in gaps rather than coming up beneath slabs), but it is a good idea to clean weeds and moss away at least twice a year.

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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