Cost of Hiring a Gardener

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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.

Where does this pricing data come from?

All prices stated in the above article are based on FY 2018 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Gardeners on the site from July 2016 to July 2017.
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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.

Cost of common gardening jobs

Gardening Task Typical Quoted Prices
Lawn mowing $80
Weeding $100
Garden cleaning $70
Pruning and hedging $60

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.

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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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