The cost of landscape gardening averages about £10,000 for most gardens. Prices for small jobs start at £5,000. Garden landscaping that is large in size and scope can exceed £50,000, particuarly if you’re thinking about the cost of landscaping a sloping garden, or a garden which has many undulations an gradients to it.
Another way to put it, garden landscaping cost is £30 per square metre for minor upgrades to £150 per square metre for a complete makeover of the garden that includes decking or fencing. Most homeowners spend £90 to £110 per square meter.
Using the cost factors, table and specific costs below, you will be able to develop a budget and anticipate what bespoke quotations from landscape gardeners will be. Don’t forget to check out our other gardening and landscape project cost guides.
Overview of Garden Landscaping Cost
This guide to landscape gardening cost discusses pricing factors, garden landscape options and includes an ala carte menu of garden landscaping costs for the most popular features included.
This table shows three cost ranges and what you get for the money. Following the table, there is more detail on cost factors, how they affect cost and the list of specific component costs.
How Much Does Garden Landscaping Cost?
|Low||Average Cost Estimate||High|
|£30 – £65/m2||£70 – £120/m2||£125 – £150+/m2|
|Garden Size||Less than 100 m2||75 – 125 m2||More than 100 m2|
|Scope (How much is done)||Small||Average||Large|
|Quality of Materials||Below Average||Average to Good||Best|
|Decking of Fencing?||No||1||Both|
|Crew Fees||Low to Average||Average to High||Average to High|
|Remove Old Material||No||Yes or No||Yes|
|DIY||Yes or No||No||No|
|Time of Year||Off-peak||Any||Any|
Landscaping Gardening Cost Factors
Most of these are common sense and will help you determine how best to spend your budget to get a garden that:
- You’ll truly enjoy
- Will increase your home’s value
Now, here are garden landscaping price factors.
- The Scope of the Project – The more parts to the project, such as turfing, irrigation, bark mulching, a tile or paver path, hiring a skip for disposal, etc., the higher the cost.
- The Size of the Garden – Of course, the more of anything you do, the higher the cost will be.
- Quality of Materials Used – Whether it is pavers or plants or anything in between, every material and garden component is available in cheap, average and premium options.
- Hiring a Landscaping Designer – If you have a proven eye for design, then you might plan your own project. However, hiring a landscaping design professional is the best approach for getting the outcome you desire.
- Landscaper and Crew Fees – Landscapers charge hourly and daily fees based on their level of experience and the experience of the labourers working with them.
- The Landscaper’s Efficiency – If the professional charges by the hour, how efficiently the work goes will play a large role in cost. We recommend getting estimates for the entire job rather than pay hourly wages, so you won’t be at the mercy of an inefficient landscaper or crew.
- Time of Year – Landscapers work most of the year, depending on the project. However, they are busiest in warm weather. Spring is the best time for turfing and planting trees and shrubs, so landscape companies are in high demand, especially those with good reviews. During these periods, cost quotations will likely be higher than at off-peak seasons like late autumn into winter.
- Where you Live – As you likely know, costs in and around London are higher than in other parts of the UK. Costs in the North are the most affordable.
Working with a Garden Designer
It’s our experience that hiring a pro to design and oversee the renovation of your garden will pay for itself in at least two ways.
First, you’re more likely to end up with an aesthetically pleasing garden. That’s the goal, isn’t it, to create space you truly enjoy spending time in with friends and family.
Secondly, it will increase your home’s value and bring a faster sale should you put it on the market. When the garden is done properly, house shoppers will feel about it as you do when they walk about in it.
In short, hiring a designer is an investment in your well-being and the potential sale price of your home.
How much does a garden designer cost? Fees start at about £225 for small projects to more than £1,000 for large garden design projects.
Menu of Garden Landscaping Cost by Service
Here are specific costs for common projects:
- £30 – £40 per hour | Garden Clearing. Out with the old to make way for the new. A crew of 2-3 people can take old plants and materials out of a 100 square metre garden in 1-2 days.
- £95 – £400 | Skip Hire for disposal of old material. Cost depends on skip size and how long it is on your site. See our Skip Hire Cost Guide for more information.
- £15 – £30 per cubic metre | Mulching. One cubic metre of bark mulching will cover about 30 square metres to a depth of 3 inches.
- £8 – £12 per square metre | Wood-frame Raised Garden Beds.
- £12 – £16 per square metre | Turfing the Garden. This includes preparing the soil, supply of the turf and laying it. If soil irrigation is added, expect an additional cost of £500 – £1,000 for 100 square metres. The overall cost may also be affected by whether you choose to have real or artifical grass.
- £65 – £90 per square metre | Block Paving. There are many paver types to use, and cost varies. So does labour cost based on who installs the paving.
- £20 – £130 per square metre |Decking. Treated softwood is the most affordable. Non-slip timber and basic composite is mid-priced. Premium composite and ipe hardwood are most costly. See our Decking Cost Guide for all the details.
- £48 – £95 per linear metre | Fencing. As with decking, there are many options. Full cost details are included in our Fencing Cost Guide
Here’s what the Planning Portal for the UK says about the work that might be done during your garden landscaping project:
“You will need to apply for planning permission if you wish to erect or add to a fence, wall or gate:
- if it would be over 1 metre high and next to a highway used by vehicles (or the footpath of such a highway); or over 2 metres high elsewhere; or
- your right to put up or alter fences, walls and gates is removed by an article 4 direction or a planning condition; or
- your house is a listed building or in the curtilage of a listed building or
- if the fence, wall or gate, or any other boundary involved, forms a boundary with a neighbouring listed building or its curtilage.
You will not need to apply for planning permission to take down a fence, wall or gate, or to alter, maintain or improve an existing fence, wall or gate (no matter how high) if you don’t increase its height.”
The garden contractor you choose should be aware of other scenarios in which planning permission is needed.
DIY Garden Landscaping vs Hiring a Pro
Of course you can design your own garden, choose the materials and plants for it and do the work yourself.
There are advantages to hiring a professional landscaping designer, however. They have a knowledge of materials, plants, spacing and other factors. Using the information, they will work with you to design a garden that beautifully suits your purposes.
We do recommend getting quotations from several landscaping architects and designers in your area. Tell each of them what you want in a garden, and they’ll share their vision for making it a reality.
Choose the one that seems to really understand what you want from the garden and has a good grasp on how to make it happen.