While the winter chill currently keeps us wrapped up indoors, many Britons are staying warm thinking about summer barbecues, parties in the sun and alfresco dining.
Yet, in the spring, we usually find that our gardens aren’t able to accommodate any kind of fun in the sun. In these cases, should we turn to a professional for help or roll up our sleeves and get stuck in ourselves?
Thinking about this question, Simply Paving analyzed the rates of hundreds of gardeners across the country to see where the most and least expensive professional gardening services are available.
Research found that Scarborough has the highest rate of gardeners in the UK.
Typically, those living in the Yorkshire seaside town spend an average of £400 on the daily rate of a professional gardener. This is more than double (104%) the national average gardener’s daily rate (£196).
Sourced from hamuch.com, the data analyzed daily rates for gardeners across the UK. An average price was then generated for each location, which was then used to calculate the cheapest and most expensive regions for gardeners.
Simply Paving also found that Redcar & Cleveland in the North East has the lowest prices in the country for professional gardeners, averaging £77 per day.
Gardening services across the UK have different average costs
Regional analysis, however, tells a different story. Greater London, not Scarborough Yorkshire, stands out as the most expensive region to hire a gardener, costing an average of £249 per day.
Opposite of the Spectrum, Residents of Northern Ireland enjoy the cheapest average rates for gardeners in the UK, paying just £152 per day, 22% less than the national average daily rate.
Simply Paving has also compared the average prices for individual gardening jobs across the UK, including general garden maintenance, high pressure jet washes and the installation of paving for a patio or garden path.
The research found gardening services based in the East Midlands charge the most for these popular jobs.
Notably, gardeners in this region charge 21% more than the national average for paving installation (£306). Even general garden maintenance (£62 on average) is relatively expensive in the East Midlands, priced at £11 more than the national average (£51).
The data also shows that Yorkshire & Humber is the cheapest region for garden maintenance, hose washing and paving installation, with average prices of £40, £87 and £238, respectively.
In fact, Yorkshire & Humber is the only area in the UK to offer jet washing services for less than £100 per session.
A Simply paving the spokesperson commented: “Spring is the time to prepare our gardens for the hot weather of the summer months; for evenings and barbecues under a radiant sun.
“When spring arrives, most people have the choice of hiring a professional, doing the job themselves, or even a combination of both. A little DIY can save you a pretty penny and allow you to shape your garden to your specific tastes, while hiring a professional gardener can help you save time and take advantage of their impressive landscaping expertise. landscaped.
“Whatever you choose, it’s always so satisfying to transform your ragged conservatory into a beautiful summer paradise.”
Top tips to help you maintain your own garden
Make sure you have the right equipment for your garden: Trimming, digging and pruning becomes all the more difficult without the right equipment for each job.
Plant low-maintenance flowers: If the thought of constant garden maintenance is too exhausting, fill your garden with flora that requires minimal effort to thrive, such as lavender, geraniums and daffodils.
Use soapy water to clean your patio: Although jet washing can provide a satisfactory deep cleaning, this cleaning method is not suitable for all types of paving slabs. Fortunately, a simple soapy water is sometimes enough to tackle stubborn stains that have accumulated during the winter.
Lay the paving slabs yourself: Even some of the biggest gardening jobs are do-it-yourself. There are many helpful online resources to guide you step by step through the process. With these, you can easily save hundreds of pounds.
Top 10 most expensive average daily rates for gardeners in the UK
Top 10 cheapest average daily rates for gardeners in the UK
Redcar and Cleveland – £77
North East Lincolnshire – £102
Rochester-upon-Medway – £120