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How Much Does An Average Gardening Service Cost?

The cost of gardening services ranges from $30-$80 per hour in Australia. A typical gardening job can cost around $50 - $220 depending on what’s included in the services.

Here’s an overview of the national average cost of gardening services depending on the type of service:

Service  Average Costs (fixed price)

Maintenance  $50 – $120

Mowing  $85 – $220

Pruning and hedging  $45 – $170

Weeding  $100

Weed spraying and fertilising  $30 to $35

Garden maintenance  $47 to $109

Garden landscaping  $20 to $350+, average $50

What Affects The Cost Of A Gardening Service?

There are a few different factors that gardeners take into consideration when calculating the cost of their services.

Some of the main factors that affect the overall price of the services include:

1. Type of business you choose

Hiring a self-employed gardener usually costs less than hiring a professional gardening business that has an entire crew and a ton of professional equipment, tools and products.

2. Type of products

While the hourly or fixed rate price covers any necessary equipment, your gardener may need to use, if you require additional products such as fertilisers, seeds, trees, flowers and so on, the price of those products will be added to the cost of the services. This means that your final cost will be determined mostly by the type of products you decide to go with. If you go with organic fertilisers and high-quality weed killers, you can expect to pay a larger price then you would if you were to go with cheaper products.

3. Type of task or project

There are a ton of different gardening jobs that you may need covered. A simpler project such as mowing the lawn and quick maintenance can cost a lot less than landscaping or lawn renovation. That’s why the number one determining factor when it comes to pricing is the type of project you need to be done.

How to Choose a Gardener

If you hardly seem to find the time to get out there and tidy your garden, or you simply don’t have the tools and expertise needed to make your garden stand out, your best option might be to enlist the help of a professional gardener, sit back and relax while they transform your garden into the envy of your neighbourhood. 

Here are a few tips that can help you find the right gardener so you can enjoy your time outdoors and start looking at your garden with pride.

1. Ask about their experience

You need to find a gardener that has all the tools and equipment as well as the experience needed to get your garden back into shape and keep it that way. That’s why before you decide which gardening service provider to go with, ask for a couple of references to see how their past clients have rated their services.

2. Hourly vs flat rate basis

Some gardeners prefer to work on an hourly basis, which means that you only pay for the time they’re on-site, no matter what kind of work you need to be done. Others prefer to charge per type of service and have fixed rates for most of their services which they can further personalise for each customer depending on the size and condition of their garden.

3. Describe the job in detail

To get a correct estimate of the price you’ll have to pay for the gardening services, you need to give your gardener as much information about the project as possible. That way, they can know what you need to be done and be able to provide you with a correct estimate. This will also tell them exactly which tools they need to take, so the project can run as smoothly as possible.

4. Frequency of maintenance

Determine how often you’re going to require their services and get quotes and offers from a few different gardeners to determine your best option and get the most out of their services. If you plan on hiring a gardener on a regular basis, look for deals and special offers they have for repeat customers instead of one-time discounts.

Once you get up to three quotes, you can compare the prices for the services they offer and find the best deal.

5. Read reviews

Check out a few reviews past customers have left them to see how they rated their services. You can also look for photos customers have posted so you can get a better idea of what you can expect.

How to Save Money Hiring a Gardening Service

Whether or not you’ve already found a gardener you like and have started working with them, or you’re still in search for someone who meets your requirements, there are always ways that you can save money while still getting all the services you need.

Some of the simplest yet very effective ways include:

1. Schedule ongoing services

Many companies and independent gardeners offer special discounts and packages to customers who schedule ongoing services. That’s why you can expect to pay much less for weekly, monthly or bi-monthly visits than you would for one-time services for a very poorly maintained garden, that’s been neglected throughout the year.

2. Maintain your garden regularly

Similarly to the first one, if you schedule regular gardening services and maintenance and keep your garden in good shape, you can expect to pay a lot less then you would for a garden that’s in very bad shape and needs a lot of work done. Maintaining your garden on a regular basis can actually save you a lot of money in the long run and will keep your garden looking great all year long, which is an added bonus.

3. Look for special packages

Another quite simple way to save money on gardening services is to look for promotions or special packages which most gardeners offer from time to time. These may include seasonal promotions, special packages that combine two or more gardening services or other types of deals.

4. Schedule ahead of time

Don’t wait until your in-laws are coming to visit to schedule your gardening services because you might end up paying twice as much than you would if you’d called ahead of time. If you want to save money on gardening services, avoid requesting same-day urgent services.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Gardener

While DIY-gardening is something many people enjoy to do in their spare time, there are a few tasks around the garden that require the assistance of a professional in order to achieve the amazing results you envisioned in your mind.

The main benefits of hiring a professional gardener instead of doing all the work yourself include:

  • Having a lot of free time to spend with your family and friends

  • Enjoying a beautifully maintained garden all year long without putting in any work

  • Reducing your gardening budget by not having to buy any equipment, tools and products

  • Not worrying about shopping for the right equipment and the best products your garden needs

  • Having the garden of your dreams with beautiful plants and aesthetic decor

  • Making your home really stand out and impress your neighbours

  • Increasing the value of your home, which can help you sell or rent it a lot faster