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Anyone know approximately how much gardeners charge in the South East?

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FirstOfficerDouglasRichardson Thu 23-Jul-15 14:27:07

Any of you in the South East with a gardener? Can you give me an idea how much thu charge?

We've bought a new house with a very pretty front and back garden we know we won't be able to maintain ourselves. I don't want to waste anyone's time getting a quote if it is something that is definitely out of our reach. For a small front and back garden but with plenty of plants and a pond, how frequently and for how many hours would you need them?
Thanks in advance.

Celerie Thu 23-Jul-15 14:31:07

We pay £20 an hour but he is trained and qualified. £15 seems to be the standard rate for good quality work round here- south of Watford.

It might be worth your while getting a quote for a period of time, say April to September, when the garden is at full stretch if money is a little tight.

The other alternative is contacting local horticulture courses and seeing if they have students who would like to earn some money. I'm sure you could then pay around £10 per hour as long as the work is not too heavy or involving design which should rightly pay more.

FirstOfficerDouglasRichardson Thu 23-Jul-15 14:35:26

That's useful! Thank you. I have found two in my area who are in the gardeners guild (or something like that) but I'm nervous about contacting them whilst clueless because I don't want to waste their time if we can't afford it. I hadn't thought of colleges, thanks. If a professional gardener is out of our reach I thought about putting a notice up in our local allotments as well. But I suppose professional gardeners at least come with their own tools and insurance etc... And definitely know what they are doing.

FirstOfficerDouglasRichardson Thu 23-Jul-15 14:36:54

We could do £20 an hour depending on how many hours they feel it would require obviously. smile

Optimist1 Thu 23-Jul-15 14:39:32

The lovely man who helps me with my garden (i.e. cuts grass, hedges, weeds and generally keeps things looking tidy but is not a horticulturalist) charges £17.50 an hour. Brings his own lawnmower and other tools, takes away the cuttings and achieves more in an hour than I could in an afternoon if I could be bothered spending that long working in the garden . I see similar types being recommended on my local Streetlife pages.

33goingon64 Thu 23-Jul-15 14:43:47

We have a couple - he is professional she isn't. We pay £18 ph for him and £15 for her so £33 together. They work well together and get loads done in a couple of hours.

Celerie Thu 23-Jul-15 14:47:07

The thing is, professional gardeners won't mind or judge you for not knowing what you need. That is, after all, one of the reasons they exist. I'd contact a few, chat to them and see what they can suggest and whether you are comfy with having them around. Then take it from there.

LIZS Thu 23-Jul-15 15:17:03

£12-15 phr for basic maintenance

FirstOfficerDouglasRichardson Thu 23-Jul-15 15:24:19

Excellent. Thank you so much! smile

FirstOfficerDouglasRichardson Sat 25-Jul-15 22:40:04

Thank you everyone. We have found one! £16 per hour and he is happy to come ad hoc rather every few weeks. He's given us great guidance on when and for what we might want him.

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