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Find a local gardener

Gardening jobs can be divided into two – garden maintenance and garden landscaping. Gardeners can help you carry out the sort of jobs that will keep your garden looking neat and tidy, like trimming hedges, mowing lawns, weeding and pruning plants.

Landscape gardeners tend to focus more on the design of your garden. They can come up with detailed drawings incorporating new features and once you're happy with the plan, bring that vision to life. They'll let you know which plants will bring some scent or colour into your garden and can add water features, lay woodchip or gravel paths and install lighting (whether that's a couple of uplighters or something a bit fancier like inbuilt LED lights added to a patio). If you've got something specific in mind like creating a garden to rival the ones you see on Christmas cards, they can help you make that a reality.

What a gardener/landscape gardener can help with

  • Laying decking or paving.
  • Laying woodchip or gravel paths.
  • Laying new turf.
  • Planting, weeding and pruning.
  • Mowing the lawn.
  • Hedge trimming or removal.
  • Installing lighting (uplighters, LED lights in patios, lamp posts).
  • Adding a water feature.
  • Adding a pergola/trellis.
  • Pressure washing outdoor spaces.
  • Getting rid of a shed.
  • Creating borders and building raised beds.
  • Levelling or sloping a garden.

Gardeners tend to be busier during the summer months when the weather's good and we're all spending more time outdoors, so it's a good idea to book a gardener or landscape gardener in before the rush. That way, you're also more likely to get a better rate for the work. Some gardeners may also offer deals for repeat work, if you wanted to get them in to mow your lawn regularly.

Costs for common gardening jobs

We surveyed our tradespeople to give you an idea of the amount you can expect to pay for common gardening jobs.

Some typical jobs Low High
Laying decking £700 £1200
Paving £800 £1500
Lighting £250 £600
Earth work (levelling or sloping a garden) £300 £650
Laying woodchip or gravel £250 £650
Laying turf £300 £700
Planting £300 £550
Creating borders £200 £300
Building raised beds £300 £700
Pergola or trellis work £250 £500
Hedge trimming £100 £150
Removing hedges £150 £300
Lawn mowing and edging £50 £100
Weeding £50 £100
Pressure washing £100 £200
Shed removal £100 £200
Pruning £50 £150

What's garden irrigation

Irrigation is the watering system you use to keep your plants and grass healthy and help them grow. You can either water them by hand, or you can use an automatic watering system to take care of the watering for you – handy if you're planning on going on holiday in the warmer months. A gardener can help advise on and install a system that best suits you and your garden.

These are the 4 types of automatic watering systems:

Planning permission for gardening jobs

Planning permission isn't normally needed for your average garden job but you may need to review this when building or installing decking, fences, walls and gates.
You'll need planning permission if:

If you live in a listed building or want to pave your front garden, you should contact your Local Planning Authority before carrying out any work as different rules may apply.

Insurance for gardening work

There's no legal obligation for gardeners to be insured but many gardeners choose to get public liability insurance so they're covered in the case of an injury or accidental damage to a property.

Questions you should ask an gardener

See the latest questions that homeowners have been asking gardeners

Garden landscaping ideas

We have a range of garden articles that tackle subjects like choosing decking, replacing or repairing a garden fence and lighting your garden. If you're looking for ways to transform a small space, our big ideas for small gardens might give you some inspiration.

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    Gardener / Landscape gardeners

    Services required: hedge trimming Approximat

    Added 22/07/2017

    Services required: hedge trimming Approximate length of garden: up to 10m / 30ft I would...

    £100
    MK45, Flitwick

    Gardener / Landscape gardeners

    I need a 10x10 foot garden cutting down, few.

    Added 22/07/2017

    I need a 10x10 foot garden cutting down, few weeds need pulling out and a tidy, would say 2-3...

    £100
    OL7, St Peter's

    Gardener / Landscape gardeners

    I need someone to clear out brambles from thr

    Added 22/07/2017

    I need someone to clear out brambles from three raised beds (two 1x2m and one 1x4m), put down...

    £250
    N15, Tottenham Green

    Gardener / Landscape gardeners

    Services required: weeding, hedge trimming...

    Added 21/07/2017

    Services required: weeding, hedge trimming Approximate length of garden: up to 10m / 30ft...

    £250
    MK17, Little Horwood

    Gardener / Landscape gardeners

    Overgrown hedges , cut down and waste removed

    Added 21/07/2017

    Overgrown hedges , cut down and waste removed

    £250
    CV22, Admirals

    Gardener / Landscape gardeners

    Services required: lawn mowing and edging,...

    Added 21/07/2017

    Services required: lawn mowing and edging, weeding, pressure washing, remove a shed Approximate...

    £250
    IG3, Seven Kings

    What other homeowners are saying

    Gardener / Garden Designer
    Posted by Jacqueline on 07/23/2017

    Jason and his team were absolutely brilliant at transforming our field into a beautiful garden. They were extremely professional at all times and their work was done to an extremely high standard. Nothing was too much trouble. Would certainly recommend their services.

    Gardener / Garden Designer
    Posted by on 07/23/2017

    Excellent throughout. Clear quote well presented, open always to questions. Work carried out on time, and as required. Would not hesitate in recommeding, one of the best tradesman I have dealt with

    Gardener / Garden Designer
    Posted by Maciej on 07/23/2017

    Good communication. Supplied list of materials required. arrived on time and delivered perfect work within the quote.

    Gardener / Garden Designer
    Posted by Victoria on 07/23/2017

    Punctual

    Gardener / Garden Designer
    Posted by Jan on 07/23/2017

    Very honest, our fence had been blown over, David suggested repairing the panels rather than replacing with new. Would highly recommend. Chelmsford May 2015.

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