How Much Does a Gardener Cost 2023
Before we begin delving into the nitty gritty, let me explain a couple of things.
A “Gardener” is a broad term, it encompasses a range of skills and services offered by someone who has a passion for maintaining gardens of all shapes and sizes.
The work can be demanding, it’s certainly not an easy job and a certain degree of fitness is essential, in fact, it’s a job many don’t want to do, including homeowners, for the reason given, it’s bloody hard work at times!
Gardeners, lawn care technicians, grounds maintenance workers and garden maintenance operators, all work outdoors, all year round. The work can be so demanding on the human anatomy that many suffer with hip and knee problems, back problems and even arthritis.
Gardeners are exposed to the elements, from heavy rain, snow, sleet, hail and even heat waves. Essentially, they endure some of the harshest weather known to man.
From the odd job gardener who may be semi-retired/retired and offers a life of gardening experience and knowledge, who pots about in your garden to keeping it looking smart and tidy, to the commercial gardener who’s sole income comes from the work they offer, presents some folk with confusion.
But George Only Charges…
I hear folk say, “George used to spend two hours a week keeping my garden tidy and he charged £15”. What they seem to easily overlook is the fact “George” probably didn’t have insurance, and for £15 per hour he probably used the homeowners equipment.
It’s also reasonable to suggest that George didn’t pay tax, which affects the local economy!
Supposing George does pay tax, uses his own equipment, buys PPE, pays for road tax, Mot, insurance, maintains a van, and pays liability insurance, I’d say confidently that George would be left with around £1.00 per hour for his hard work and he hasn’t even paid his own bills to Live, but then George has a pension for that.
Unfortunately, some homeowners, more commonly older folk, often see gardeners as unskilled workers and thus feel they should only be paying labour rates for their services. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Many gardeners have a range of skills, qualifications and knowledge, all of which take time, money and dedication to achieve.
Anyone can Mow a lawn but can they create a straight edge, can they identify which plants are weeds and which trees need pruning? Can they identify why the grass is poorly, or can they remove 3 ton of organic waste?
A Gardener isn’t just a man or woman following a lawn mower!
Thankfully, gardeners rates are increasing, partly due to inflation but mostly due to the recognition that they deserve for all the hard work they carry out. Many gardeners are incredibly talented individuals and take great pride in their artistic achievements. Gardening is an art, and gardeners could be perceived as the artist shaping their canvas.
With this in mind, it’s important to know what level of gardener you need. If you need George to pop round and Mow the lawn for beer money or pay for a new set of skittles then so be it.
If you want a professional gardener who will be efficient, possibly have qualifications and provide you with regular updates on the condition of your garden along with recommendations, then choose a a Gardener who has the right machinery, tools, insurance and someone who potentially offers work for others locally.
Commercial gardeners also support the local economy, they pay taxes and as such that money goes back into making the area a better place.
So going back to our original question, How Much Does A Gardener Cost 2023, well, that depends on how much you think a Gardener is worth to you!
If you were to create the same look and finish as a professional commercial gardener it’s likely to take you all day, whereas a Gardener may only need a couple of hours.
So on that basis, if a Gardener charges £40 per hour, it’s cost you £80, giving you your whole day back to enjoy and do whatever it is you want to do, for yourself or with your family. Time is precious, we can’t turn it back and we can’t replace it. Money on the other hand is replaceable.
If an average gardener charges £40 per hour, remember, out of this cost the gardener must pay for the following…
- Van insurance
- Corporation tax
- Road tax
- Vehicle Maintenance (wear & tear)
- Fuel for van and machinery
- Liability insurance
- Waste disposal license
- Phone, 4G WiFi
- Merchant services
- Replacement tools (even professional tools break!)
- Living costs such as, council tax, rent, mortgage, insurances, utility bills…
There’s more but you get the idea.
So when a Gardener turns up to give you a quote, allow them the time to go away and price it up, (this usually takes a couple of days), because their profit margins are so low, the slightest mistake could see them working for a loss and not a profit.
If all gardeners charge George’s prices, there would be no gardeners to help people save time and effort, and I don’t think there’s enough George’s in the country to maintain such low rates!
One Last Thing
One last thing, a gardener doesn’t get paid to assess your garden, measure up and then sit and quote, listing everything that needs to be done. The whole process can take up to 3 hours including fuel and driving to the customers property. The gardener will never recover these costs. So if you do need a Gardener it pays to understand what costs are involved..
Commercial gardening won’t ever make a Gardener rich, they do it because they love it. It’s a passion and all gardeners ask for in return is to be financially comfortable. When you consider buying a house can cost thousands in legal fees, agency fees and survey fees. Keeping your garden beautiful all year round for the price of a ferry ticket to Spain is in my opinion, a bargain!.