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Dancingfairy · 30/07/2017 12:20

My mum asked me to look for some quotes for her for a gardener for her small front garden, it's over grown and she's not in a condition to do it herself. I hate bugs and all stuff like that so I'm no help. Anyway I've just been quoted £80 to cut the grass and trim the hedges! Seems extortionate! Was expecting half that. Aibu to think it's a lot?

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ImperialBlether · 30/07/2017 12:20

Too much. I pay £7.50 an hour and my mum pays £10 an hour.


MrsHathaway · 30/07/2017 12:22

That's about half a day rate, I guess? Including bringing own tools, insurance etc. Even a small garden could take half a day if it's very overgrown.


MrsHathaway · 30/07/2017 12:23

Sometimes people will overquote if they don't really want to do the job.

£7.50/h is so close to minimum wage I'm Shock


archersfan3 · 30/07/2017 12:25

Just a thought but have you ended up getting a quote from a qualified landscape designer/tree surgeon or similar (sorry not sure of exact job titles) where it sounds like you need more of a gardener/odd job person?


flumpybear · 30/07/2017 12:25

Depends on where you live and how much you want it done?!


ConstanceCraving · 30/07/2017 12:25

How much work is there?


Bubblysqueak · 30/07/2017 12:25

I think thats probably about right to clear it and get it sorted . I would then expect a cheaper maintenance rate.
I'm guessing they would need to provide tools and get rid of all waste material.


Cocklodger · 30/07/2017 12:26

£7.50 for a gardener?! Shock how could anyone be comfortable paying that?!


Dancingfairy · 30/07/2017 12:26

It's just someone off shpock, we are in london.

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UnconventionalWarfare · 30/07/2017 12:26

80 quid for someone self employed to come out cut the admittedly overgrown hedge and grass back then dispose of the waste is a bargain


Cocklodger · 30/07/2017 12:27

Also, what bubbly said. As a one off £80 isn't too bad for an overgrown garden tbh. He will have lots of waste to dispose of and overgrown gardens are a nightmare


Cocklodger · 30/07/2017 12:27

Jeez that's a bargain for London!!!


Heroicallylost · 30/07/2017 12:28

How overgrown is it? If it's dense trees they will need shredded and rubbish taken away so may well be reasonable for an initial clearance job. What exactly have they quoted you for - initial clearance or regular maintenance?


19lottie82 · 30/07/2017 12:28

If it's a one time big first job then maybe it's ok, I guess it depends how long it will take?
I pay a gardener £25 a visit. It that's more of a maintenance job.

If it's not that bad then yes that seems like a lot.


Birdsgottaf1y · 30/07/2017 12:28

A professional gardening firm, who do tree care etc will charge more than a general gardener.

Either ask about or go into your local FB selling/services page.

I pay a fixed price of £20 for my two lawns and one hedge. One time they weeded front and back as well, trimmed back shrubs etc and it was £50, which I think is fare for just over half a days works.


Dancingfairy · 30/07/2017 12:31

I will try to take a picture in abit. I didn't say it was overgrown or anything to him all I said was how much would it be to cut grass and trim hedges, so he has no idea how over grown it is, I don't think it's that bad but I'm no expert.

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EyeHalveASpellingChequer · 30/07/2017 12:32

£7.50/h is so close to minimum wage

It is the national living wage.


justwhatineeded · 30/07/2017 12:32

I do gardening work in London and the going rate here is £20an hour up.

If it is a one off I will charge £80 minimum which covers half a day.

Seems about right to me.


MrsOverTheRoad · 30/07/2017 12:34

Seems normal to me. Did you tell him the dimensions of the garden and how tall hedges are?


colacolaaddict · 30/07/2017 12:38

Get a quote from someone who's seen the hedges?


hmcAsWas · 30/07/2017 12:39

I am staggered at £7.50 per hour. I pay £15 per hour - and my gardener is my BIL so he definitely isn't over charging me (we are on the South Coast if this is relevant for cost of living etc)


PUGaLUGS · 30/07/2017 12:40

I think that's a fair price tbh.


Mychildcouldnotbreaatfeed · 30/07/2017 12:41

It really depends how much work is involved


Starlight2345 · 30/07/2017 12:47

I would get at least another quote.. I wanted a room decorating and got quotes between £300 and £1,500.


WhichJob · 30/07/2017 12:50

Where we live you couldn't get anyone self employed to do anything for less than £100 - the demand for their services is just too high. We accept that and do the unskilled stuff ourselves and pay for the skilled stuff when we need it.

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