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Having a messy garden can really lessen the appeal of your home – both to yourself and to visitors. If you’ve been wondering what kind of services are involved in garden clearance and what kind of prices you can expect to pay, then read on!
How much does garden clearance cost?
The cost of garden clearance depends on many factors and is calculated in different ways. The price you’ll pay for someone to clear your garden could be determined by:
- Where you live – London is more expensive than other places
- The size of the pile of rubbish
- The weight of the load
- The time it takes to remove the refuse
- The type of rubbish you need discarding
Hourly rates can vary from £45 to £60 per hour depending on the area you’re in.
If the company is charging by the load size, they could charge anywhere between £60 and £360 for either a quarter, a half or a full van load size.
To get lower rates, move the rubbish to an easier place to pick it up, and sort it all before they arrive.
How to save money on garden clearance?
Each garden clearing job is different, so the final cost can be difficult to estimate. In order to get the best price for your job, compare local trusted gardeners who will be able to assess your situation accurately and give you their best price. Enter some details into our secure online form and get up to 5 quotes within a couple of days. You’ll be under no obligation to buy, but you will get a good idea of the costs to be expected for your garden clearance job.
What is garden clearance?
Garden clearance involves literally clearing out the garden and can be part of garden maintenance. Whatever needs clearing can be taken away, though companies may charge extra for hazardous or oversize items. Sometimes it’s as simple as taking away a big old pile of stuff in a corner that just never seems to be properly cleared. Or a shed that’s full of stuff you no longer need but can’t move. Here is a non-extensive list of all of the refuse that gardeners can collect, remove and dispose of during the process of garden clearance:
- Garden refuse: loose branches, leaves, shrubs, twigs, soil, potted plants, cut grass, old pots, lawn mowers, dismantled sheds & greenhouses
- Wood: plywood, gates, fencing, firewood, lumber
- Furniture: garden furniture, sofas, sofa-beds, beds, armchairs, filing cabinets
- General waste: paper, boxes, books, kitchenware, tools, clothes, bric-a-brac
- Appliances: washer dryers, computers, stereos, printers, photocopiers, flat screen TV/monitors, boilers, cookers
- Builder’s waste: plaster, drywall, broken patios, pallets, crates, glass, concrete, tiles, asphalt, carpet, wood, flooring and general rubbish.
A garden clearing professional will be able to carry away these items, given they are sitting in the garden, of course.
What can gardeners not remove?
The following items may incur extra costs due to their large size or that they are hazardous:
- Paint or paint cans
- Bio-medical waste
- Oil, petrol, and diesel
- Pressurised bottles
- Raw meat or fish
- Toxic chemicals or solvents
- Box TV monitors
- Car batteries
- Commercial appliances
Gardeners may need special licenses to remove this kind of waste, so ask the question if you’re not sure about some of your waste. They must have insurance and proper disposal licensing. Ask them if they come with their own tools and equipment for removals like brooms, shovels, rakes, buckets, rubble bags and dust sheets.
What jobs are involved in garden clearance?
The jobs related to garden clearance are categorised as follows:
- Leaf blowing – using a leaf blower to clear leaves from lawns and paths
- Leaf clearing – removing leaves from the garden and disposing of them
- Gutter clearing – removing leaves, twigs, cuttings, weeds from the gutters
- Gutter cleaning – flushing out the gutters to clear them of rotted waste and gunk
- Rubbish removal – removing bags or piles of rubbish
- Waste clearance – removing natural waste from the garden (weeds, clippings, grass, soil) and building waste
Having a nice garden makes for a happier household and a more valuable home. Garden clearance is about making your garden look good as well as making it safe for your family and the world for years to come. You don’t want built-up rubbish attracting rodents and other animals, making your garden unsanitary and unsafe.
Questions to ask your gardener about garden clearance:
Before taking the plunge and contracting garden service professionals, you will want to arm yourself with all the right questions to make sure you get the job done right:
- How many years have they been in business?
- What do they specialise in?
- What sort of clearance services do they offer?
- Do they clean up after themselves afterward?
- How do they calculate their rates (by the hour, space or weight)?
- Are there any extra costs you should be aware of?
- What kind of insurance and licenses do they have?
- Is there anything that they strictly do not remove?
- Are they able to give you a discount if they can sell any of your items on?
Save up to 40% on garden clearance today
Comparing local gardening professionals is one of the best ways for you to save money when you need your garden cleared. This is made really easy when you enter some of your details in the e-form here because you will get obligation-free quotes within 2 days. We will keep your information confidential other than local gardeners who will get in touch so you can chat with them and get the best price for your job!