Last updated: 15th Oct 2018
Gardening is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to add value to your home. If you don’t feel like getting your own hands dirty, you can hire a gardener for a once-off clean up or regular maintenance routine. Unlike landscaping which includes both ‘softscaping’ (plants and soil) and ‘hardscaping’ (pavers, retaining walls, driveways etc.), gardening is simply tidying up or improving your existing garden.
The average cost of gardening services is around $45/hr. Gardening costs can go up to a premium rate of $50/hr if the scope of your job is extensive. For simple tasks, gardeners usually charge a budget rate of $40/hr for their services. This article will explain the various factors that will affect the cost of your job, such as the complexity of the job and size of the lawn.
According to the experts at Moores Outdoor Landscaping, clearing out your landscape using basic tools such as wheelbarrows and shovels will cost you around $500. This price is only for a 20m2 yard; expect a higher price if your garden is much bigger.
What services do you need?
Every garden is different with its own advantages and limitations, so not all of the following services will suit. Here’s a list of the services a typical gardener will offer:
- Lawn mowing
- Adding plants to empty spots in your garden
- Adding flowering plants to your garden
- Weeding your lawn and garden
Cost of common gardening jobs
|Gardening Task||Typical Quoted Prices|
The cost of lawn mowing will depend on the length of the grass and area to be mowed. Small jobs may cost more than larger jobs per hour due to travel expenses. Hiring a gardener for regular lawn maintenance will also reduce the cost.
If your garden is in OK shape, the costs of weed spraying and weeding will be less. However, if you’re garden has been neglected for a period of time and the weeds are rooted quite deep, this could be a more costly task.
If your garden cleanup only requires basic tools such as shovels and wheelbarrows, the price will remain between $50-$100. However, if whipper snippers, lawn mowing and other tools are required, expect this price to increase.
|Pruning and hedging
If your garden has large trees and extensive hedging that requires pruning, the price of the job could range from $400 +. However, if you have a handful of small shrubs to prune in the front garden, this won’t cost much more than $60-$80.
Factors Affecting the Cost of Your Gardening Job
Prices vary depending on the business that you choose. A self-employed gardener is more likely to charge less for their services compared to gardening businesses that hire other people to do the actual work. Rates will typically include labour and the use of necessary equipment. However, expensive fertilisers and weed control products will generally not be included in the rate.
The tasks you need done matter too. For example, you can expect a lower cost if you only want to have some weeds removed. If the job requires tree lopping, weeding, fertilising, and lawn mowing, the total amount will definitely be higher.
Prices may also increase if your garden is difficult to access or if it’s in an awkward (sloping) area. The size of your job and the level of skill required to carry out the task will determine your final gardening cost as well.
It’s important to have a talk with your gardener before starting any job so that you can clarify the amount you’re going to pay.
Costs of Hiring a Gardener Across Australia
New South Wales has the highest average cost of gardening services at $56.20/hr, followed by Victoria at $53.34/hr. Meanwhile, gardeners in Queensland charge an average price of about $50.92/hr.
In the Australian Capital Territory, gardening jobs usually cost around $49.06/hr, and the average price of gardening services in Western Australia is at approximately $48.52/hr.
Residents of Tasmania are enjoying the lowest gardening rates at an average of $40.65/hr. South Australia has the second lowest average rate at $43.67/hr.
Pricing information correct as at August 2017.
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