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PumpkinP Mon 29-Jun-20 18:19:49

I have a hedge round my garden that needs trimming, looking around for a gardener and have just been quoted £500! I didn’t know gardeners charged so much! It’s literally just trimming the hedge. Aibu to be shocked by the price or is this normal?!

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Toilenstripes Mon 29-Jun-20 18:21:29

How big is the area and in which part of the country do you live?

wholelottahistory Mon 29-Jun-20 18:22:15

It depends on how big it is. Hourly rate should be about £20-£25 (for the south east)

PumpkinP Mon 29-Jun-20 18:23:58

I’m in London and it’s a council house so not exactly massive! Shocked anyone can afford a gardener with those prices.

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Floatyboat Mon 29-Jun-20 18:25:24

That sounds a lot. Don't know why you can't make the effort to state length and height though. Would be a more useful conversation.

combatbarbie Mon 29-Jun-20 18:25:30

It's either a very large hedge or he's pricing himself out because he doesn't want the job.

I gather that also includes the removal of said hedge cuttings

PumpkinP Mon 29-Jun-20 18:28:23

I would have to go out and measure 😂 I don’t think any hedge should cost that much surely? I sent him pics so I didn’t send measurements to him.

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PumpkinP Mon 29-Jun-20 18:29:16

Anyway just been quoted £70 by someone so seems he was definitely over pricing maybe he didn’t want the job but then surely he should just not respond.

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SpongeBobJudgeyPants Mon 29-Jun-20 18:46:51

Yes, areas vary enourmously. Also, it is a high hedge, or could it be done from ground level? That makes a difference.

IAintentDead Mon 29-Jun-20 20:43:43

I do one side of a 100' (30m) x 6' (2m) hedge in about an hour. That's one that isn't overgrown and also involves collecting the cut leaves.
I'm 65 and though I'm quite fit for my age, I really am nowhere near as fit as a gardener should be. I do each side on separate days because I can't manage them on the same day.

Even £70 is pricey unless it is out of control or he has to take the cuttings away and pay for their disposal.

PumpkinP Mon 29-Jun-20 20:52:38

Well I’ve just been quite £40! It’s amazing how different the prices are! Can’t believe it would cost an extra £460 to take it away and dispose of it?!

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Singinginshower Mon 29-Jun-20 21:06:38

Disposing of waste will be an additional expense to the gardener, but not over £400!

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