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Finding a gardener/ landscaper

Finding the right tradesman for a garden or landscaping project can be a difficult process. You need to have confidence that your choice has the right skills and experience to suit your needs. Plentific can help you narrow down your search by generating a bespoke list of the best tradesmen in your local area that offer gardening and landscaping as a service. It also gives you quick access to customer reviews for each of your options to help you make the right choice.

What do you need to think about when finding a gardener/landscaper?

The most important thing to know about garden design and landscaping is that it requires a great deal of planning. You need to be sure of exactly what you want in terms of materials and new structures, and you will need to have a strict budget. This is where a gardener or landscaper can help, showing you what is within your budget and where you can save money.

You need to make sure the garden or landscaper that you hire is sufficiently experienced and qualified when it comes to designing or working on your garden. They should be able to provide customer feedback from previous jobs, or even pictures of completed projects. You can also ask them to provide evidence of any qualifications they possess, or if they are part of any tradesmen organisations. These will help vouch for their skills, as such groups usually enforce high standards and codes of conduct for their members. Check that workers have Construction Skills Certification Scheme cards (CSCS), as these will prove that they have completed a CITB Health, Safety and Environment test.

Personal satisfaction is very important for garden design and landscaping work, so be sure that whoever you hire has guarantees in place in case you are dissatisfied with their work. You should also make sure they have adequate insurance in case of accidental damage.

What does a gardener/landscaper do?

Your local gardener or landscaper could offer a variety of services. Their specialisms extend to the installation of decking, balconies and balustrades. They could also install patios, block-pave driveways, fencing and ponds.

Your local gardener/landscaper could also work on pergolas, garden walls and pathways. This is in addition to the more traditional tasks of planting schemes, children’s play systems, bark areas and tree houses.

How much does a gardener/landscaper cost?

It is hard to give an ‘average’ cost of garden design or landscaping, because the price will depend on several specific elements. The cost of materials, what work is involved, whether you are adding new structures, your location in the UK and the condition of the site itself all influence costs. It is also likely that you will have to hire a skip. If there is inadequate access to the site this can also drive the price up, as it can prevent workers from using certain machinery. Services like garden cleaning and soil irrigation could cost over £200 each. Usually you should allow yourself around £100 per square meter at least when putting together the budget for your project.

That being said, there are ways you can save money. You can do certain jobs yourself, such as cleaning the site and disposing of waste materials. Part of the appeal of hiring a garden designer is that they may be able to save you money overall, so be prepared to listen to their ideas regarding your plans. For smaller projects worth around £12,000, a garden designer’s services will represent around 20%, though this percentage will decrease on projects worth more. Get multiple quotes before making your final choice as this will help you make sure you are making the most cost effective decision.

Latest Gardener / Landscaper Jobs

Julia in KT5

Cutback brambles coming through membrane in gravel bed. 2 hedges at front need trimming back / removing low maintenance garden. Also, 3-4 trees need to be pruned at the back. Ideally, within the next 2 weeks.

Mrs C.

Wooden fencing on one side damaged by storms - panels loose 7 post damaged

Chrispin in SE17

Garden maintenance job. Need to fix fence - front and side of the garden. The side has flowers on it and this must be taken down All flowers, roots, plants removed must be disposed.

Steve H.

I have two fence panels to be replaced and a garden arch Trellis, to be placed, and some other smaller garden duties

Latest Gardener / Landscaper Reviews

by Orly G.
Rafal is a real professional, he did a really good job. He did it quickly with no delays. I found that he is a very honest man, ask for a very fair price and do a high quality work. I would definitely hire him again for further jobs.
by Jasmin E.
Nothing short of amazing and professional designers. One year in and I can't believe my home belongs to me. Very practical and so so stylish. Anyone I invite home always has something complimentary to say about our home. I will always use and recommend MID
by Jamie H.
Metin was not only hugely professional, brilliant at the job in hand but he also went the extra mile by popping out to B&Q (twice!) when we realised our TV bracket was not the correct one. He was fantastic. I have dealt with a lot of builders and handymen recently and Metin was the best of the best. Will definitely be using again.
by Aviava ..
Fantastic service, Lucas and Darota are an amazing professional team always reliable and our kitchen extension is to an exceptional standard. Darota offers an amazing interior design service. The builders have been punctual, worked really hard and when we have come home from work the house is always tidy so we don't even feel the house is being renovated. We offered LD Property services more work after our kitchen extension/complete refurbishment to include a complete renovation of all our home including garden and driveway. The project has been managed brilliantly as we work full time this has been really helpful.