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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Planting £200 £350 £300 £550 £350 £750

Planting is obviously one of the joys of having a garden and a gardener or landscape gardener will be able to help you plan exactly what you want to plant, where to plant and when to introduce plants for best results. An expert will be able to create a plan that will give you flowering plants all year round with the minimum of maintenance, so that visits can be kept to a few times a year or you can simply get on with it yourself.

Keep in mind that you are paying for the expertise of your landscaper or gardener as much as for any physical labour that they may do. If you want to entirely re-plan your garden then you should set aside at least half-a-day of your professional’s time. This will be well worth it in the long run, as a well planned garden will reward you for years to come. Do cut out and keep pictures of any gardens that you like, as your gardener will then be able to work with an idea of the kind of look that you like. They can also plan for drought-resistant gardens or install watering systems that will keep the plants healthy without too much effort on your part. Your gardener will assess your soil type, look at what kind of composts or fertilisers are needed, as well as preparing the ground to receive plants before beginning work.

Autumn is the best time to plant anything from hardy annuals to trees and bushes, so you may want to get your gardener or landscape expert round in late summer to have a look at your garden and design a planting plan. Whether you just want to add some colour or have an entire overhaul, a gardener will always be happy to offer sage advice as well as taking your own likes into consideration.

Watering, feeding and weeding your plants should continue throughout the winter as needed and your gardener can make visits to water and feed plants if needed. If you make a regular appointment then you won’t need to worry about ‘bothering’ them with such small tasks. Costs will depend on the size of your garden, as well as how many plants you intend to have put into your garden.

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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