There is something about spending time in the garden that just seems to relax and calm us. Maybe it is the fresh air, the comforting of plants and greens around or the sunshine, but whatever it is, we can all benefit from taking some time out in our gardens. It is a great way to escape from reality for a while.

To make the optimal experience from our own Eden, we have to take care of it and keep it tidy.

You can maintain your garden once or twice to release the stress from work, but doing gardening yourself all the time is just not viable in the long run. Plus, you need to purchase a lawn mower, hedge trimmer, leaf blower, and many other tools gardeners usually use.

It might be better to pay a gardening company for their time than spend yours on the task while doing something you like, such as taking a walk in the park.

We have conducted research among twenty companies operating in South East London and surrounding areas to determine the average cost of hiring a gardener in 2022 and what you can expect to pay. Whether you need regular garden care, landscape design or just a one-time clean-up, we've got you covered!

Factors Affecting Gardening Prices

Garden size

If you need to mow your lawn, trim hedges, clear weeds from raised beds or plant flowers, then it's important that the size of the area is taken into consideration. Larger gardens usually need more work, so they will cost more to maintain than smaller ones.

Service required

Whether you need simple garden maintenance (lawn mowing, hedge maintenance, etc.), a heavy-duty seasonal one-off clearance (removal of tall weeds, brambles, bamboo and trees), landscaping service (laying a new lawn, installing a fence, fitting a deck, patio laying), or an odd service requiring specific expertise (ivy removal, stump grinding) the cost get impacted by the time and materials needed.

Initial call out charge

Sole gardeners and gardening companies have different minimum hours required for each visit. In most cases, it is one or two hours of work. The minimum time is associated with fuel expenses, vehicle taxes, equipment maintenance, and travel time.

Access to your garden

Ease of access is mandatory when it comes to the duration and pricing of gardening services. Some properties do not have a separate gate to access the garden, and staff must bring all tools and materials through the house, which extends the time of the session and increases the price.

Experience and expertise

Hiring an experienced gardener is the best way to ensure that your outdoors looks its absolute finest. A less-experienced worker might take too long or charge very low rates, while experts with plenty of experience will have all sorts of tools at their disposal that can make everything run smoothly in no time and achieve perfect results.

Trust us, you don't want to go on the cheap route.

How Much Does a Gardener in South East London Cost in 2022?

The average hourly rate for gardeners in 2022 is between £20-£40 per gardener, and the average daily rate respectively between £160-£320 per gardener. Sole gardeners working by themselves charge slightly lower, but they are not always fully insured and equipped as skilled experts working in proven gardening companies.

Please note that gardening is challenging, and most companies send two professionals working as a team. This way, they perform more efficiently and complete more tasks than a single worker.

Service

Hourly rate range (low to high)

Most quotes received

Daily cost range (low to high) 

Most quotes received

Garden maintenance

£20 - £40

£30

£160 - £320

£240

How Much Does a Landscape Gardener Cost in 2022?

Most landscaping specialists quote on a per-project basis after viewing. The ones working hourly on average charge £25-£50 an hour per person with an average daily rate of £200-£400.

The cost of garden design specialists depends on their skills and experience in the field and the tools they operate.

Service

Hourly rate range (low to high)

Most quotes received

Daily cost range (low to high) 

Most quotes received

Garden landscaping & design

£25 - £50

£35

£200 - £400

£280

How Much Does a Garden Clearance Expert Cost in 2022?

The average hourly rate for a garden clearance specialist is between £30-£40 per expert, and the average daily rate respectively between £240-£320 per person. Individual gardeners working on their own charge slightly lower, but they often do not have liability insurance and invest in the latest tools as skilled professionals working in well-known and proven companies.

Overgrown garden clean-up is a very tough service, and most companies send a team of two experts. They perform more efficiently and deliver better results compared to a single worker.

Service

Hourly rate range (low to high)

Most quotes received

Daily cost range (low to high) 

Most quotes received

One-off garden clearance

£30 - £40

£35

£240 - £320

£280

Conclusion

Finding a reliable and skilled gardener is tough. To minimise your trial and error experience, we strongly recommend before booking a gardener to research them carefully.

Check all reviews from clients, look at their Facebook and Instagram pages and the work they've done, how active they are, find out how the pricing works.

Do your homework and never go with the cheapest option. Find the balance between cost, knowledge, experience and results.

Here at
Urban Gardeners South London, we believe your gardener should have a strong work ethic. He is passionate about gardening, and client satisfaction is his number one goal. And he charges fair rates.

At least, these are the core principles we stand for. You can always try our services.

We challenge you!