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    • Nathaniel Essex
    • By Nathaniel Essex 18th May 17, 4:30 PM
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    Cost of a gardener
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    • 18th May 17, 4:30 PM
    Cost of a gardener 18th May 17 at 4:30 PM
    Hi all,

    I have a small-to-medium sized garden and have admittedly not taken care of it as much I have could have. It's not in a terrible state but want it to look pretty. One of the things I want someone to do aside from the general maintenance is to remove a number of shrubs on the outer permiter and cut back some hedges that have grown over a small conservatory at the back of the garden.

    How do they typically charge? One of my friends gardener charges an hourly rate but would them be the same if shrubs need to be removed?
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    • traineepensioner
    • By traineepensioner 18th May 17, 5:11 PM
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    You'll probably have to pay a "one off" charge to have the garden tidied and then a regular charge for ongoing maintenance.
    We pay our gardener £15 per fortnightly visit during the season. He mows & tidies the lawn and trims the hedges on alternate visits (small garden).
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    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 18th May 17, 5:48 PM
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    You really need to just call them and ask - some might do it on an hourly rate, others might give you a price for the job.
    • Nile
    • By Nile 18th May 17, 6:58 PM
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    I’ve moved your thread from the ‘In my home’ board to the ‘Greenfingered’ board, where it is better suited.

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    • redmalc
    • By redmalc 18th May 17, 7:18 PM
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    We have had the same guy for the last thirty years,he comes every 14 days cuts the lawns and keeps the plants tidy and hedges cut.
    We do all of the planting and he costs us £13 per hour
    • Nathaniel Essex
    • By Nathaniel Essex 25th May 17, 12:47 AM
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    • 25th May 17, 12:47 AM
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    • 25th May 17, 12:47 AM
    Thanks for the replies all. The reason I created the thread is someone quoted me £250 to mow the lawn (which has overgrown a bit), remove shrubs/flower beds, weeds an cut back hedges. Again, haven't got a big garden and wanted to know whether the guy was taking the !!!! or if this was normal for a spring tidy up.
    • KxMx
    • By KxMx 25th May 17, 4:05 PM
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    Sounds like they didn't want the job, and overpriced accordingly.

    This is a known practice amongst tradesmen, told to me by more than one gardener/handyman.

    I pay £12.50 per hour for mine and he is one of the cheaper ones.
    • mysterymurdoch
    • By mysterymurdoch 26th May 17, 6:46 AM
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    You'll get a variety of prices. I'm fully booked till December and have a min charged of £25 per visit up to 30mins.

    I work beside people charging £12/hr. If they can survive on that good for them! Trying to get a reliable gardener at this time of year could be very tricky; I've turned down customers every day since March.
    • ManofLeisure
    • By ManofLeisure 26th May 17, 1:28 PM
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    You'll get a variety of prices. I'm fully booked till December and have a min charged of £25 per visit up to 30mins.
    Originally posted by mysterymurdoch
    That sounds steep to me . I'm in Surrey and our gardener charges £12 hr - does a great job too.
    • JEN22
    • By JEN22 26th May 17, 3:06 PM
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    £15 per hour here in Lancashire
    • springdreams
    • By springdreams 26th May 17, 6:28 PM
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    Also £15 per hour here in Romford.

    I think the differences in rates might depend on the type of gardener you want. Someone who does landscaping, advises on the types of plants that would suit your garden etc. probably charges at the higher end. However, someone who leaves the planning, selection of plants etc. to you and only does the manual labour is likely to charge less per hour.

    My garden needed a spring clean and my gardener split the work over 6 weekends doing 2 hours a weekend initially, then he switched to 2 hours every fortnight.
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    • elsien
    • By elsien 26th May 17, 6:31 PM
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    The cost may also be affected by just how much greenery there is to get rid of. The person I occasionally use has to pay to get rid of green waste, so it works out a bit cheaper (if slightly more trouble) if he cuts it down and I get shut of it at the local tip.
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    • mysterymurdoch
    • By mysterymurdoch 26th May 17, 10:39 PM
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    How many other trades charge by the hour and stay on site for x hours? Decorators...plumbers...joiners...they all work to completion of a task, not an arbitrary time. If any customers start asking me how long I'll be there and cost per hour I double check my diary and tell them I am too busy to fit them in.

    I'd suggest you get quotes based on a set price. You get a better job done, the tradespwrson makes a proper living and you've no need to twitch your curtains to see if the gardener is on the phone or blethering to the neighbour.
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