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Gardens can be cheap or expensive – depending on how much effort you want to put into them, and the objectives you have. Do you want a space for entertaining, playing or encouraging wildlife diversity? Whatever your goal, a gardener can help.

How much does having a garden cost?

What is involved in the cost of a garden? First of all, you’ll want to design one. This can be free if you do it yourself, but hiring a professional is preferable if you have no experience with landscaping, cultivating plants or planning an outdoor space.

In this table, you will find out how to calculate your potential garden design costs:

Cost type


Per square metre£30 - £150
Per hour£50 - £200
Percentage of the work to be done5-15%
Per day (for the design)£250 - £750
Purely the design and planning - not including implementation £500 - £1,800
Overall price£5,000 - £50,000

The design is only the first step. After that, you’ll need to keep your garden maintained. Again, this is free labour if you do it yourself, but you’ll also need tools and materials to do the job. Here are some average prices to give you an idea of the cost:

Essential gardening item

Average cost per item

Container£1 - £300
Package of seeds £1 - £40
Pre-grown plant £2 - £30
Potting soil£4 - £15
Watering can£5 - £30
Trowel£5 - £20
Spade£10 - £50
Hoe£10 - £30
Digging fork£10 - £50
Fertiliser £3 - £20


Factor in the price of a lawnmower, and it gets expensive pretty fast. However, you needn’t buy all of these things, if you hire a gardener to do the maintenance for you.

Gardeners tend to charge anywhere between £30 to around £60 for the costs of their labour. If you’ve any specific jobs to be done, here are the average prices for a few of them:

Job needed

Average Price

Turfing (50m²)£750 - £1,000
Having artificial grass installed (per m)£60 - £75
Pruning (large tree)£450 - £850
Laying a patio£1,750 - £2,600
Erecting a garden fence£900 - £1,200
Having budget decking installed£1,100 - £1,500
Having premium decking installed£2,500 - £3,250

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Why gardens are important

Humans became what they are today largely through the domestication of other animals and of plants. The importance of cultivating land has continued from the birth of civilisations to today. What can a modern person get from having a garden?

  • Health

Being around nature, developing a hobby, breathing fresh air and getting exercise are all beneficial to our mental and physical health. Keeping your mind active and enthused is essential to continued health, as is physical activity. Having a garden and being meticulous about its maintenance means stronger arms, core, and legs (if you’re doing the maintenance yourself, that is!).


  • Happiness

There is something endlessly satisfying about fully throwing yourself into something and relishing in trying things out, failing, trying again and succeeding. Not to mention the fact that scientific studies showed that being in the great outdoors promotes positive feelings of belonging. Cultivating your own plants is even better – building something ourselves brings immense pleasure in the long term.

  • Environment 

It is each person’s’ individual responsibility to do their part to ensure the world we leave for our children is more verdant, fertile and rich than our own. This can be done in part by making sure our garden supports local wildlife, does not contribute to polluting the world and provides us with food so we consume less. Whatever you want to do to help the environment, you can do it with a garden.

How gardens help the environment

Well-maintained and well-thought-out gardens are essential to helping the environment. Why is this? Here are four benefits you can bring to your local area – and the world at large – by actively cultivating a garden.

  • Reducing your carbon footprint

We all contribute to carbon emissions by driving cars, using gas-powered heating systems and buying products from far away places. However, a way to offset your contribution to greenhouse gases is to ensure your garden is full of CO2-guzzling plants. A lush garden is a lot better at doing this than a simple gravel or lawn-filled space.

  • Replenishing the soil

If you’re careful about what you do with your garden and think about its place in your local environment, you could help prevent soil erosion. This occurs when the nutrients in the soil get stripped away by extensive tilling, growing and pesticide use. When you are intentional about the kinds of plants you use, you can help keep the land fertile.

  • Encouraging diversity 

Have you noticed that the same plants and animals seem to be cropping up everywhere, and there’s a less diverse gamut of wildlife around? You can help to remedy this by supporting flora and fauna that are in danger of going extinct or are under threat in your area. Make sure you put an emphasis on local plants. To find out how to do this, read this article by the RHS.


  • Supporting local wildlife

Again, this depends entirely on how you set up your garden, but it is entirely possible to create an environment where fragile species – on the brink of extinction – could find a haven. To keep our countryside rich in the flora and fauna we knew as children, we can re-create environments where they can thrive.

Gardens for wildlife

How can you create a garden that benefits your local wildlife?

Here are three quick tips from the RHS that could help:

  • Choose the right plants

This means flowers that provide food for insects for a long time – this means they produce pollen and nectar from spring to autumn. Choose a diverse range of trees and shrubs for insects and animals to live in and eat from.

  • Add extra features and don’t be too tidy

Whether it’s a pond or a pile of dead wood, try to make space for animals and plants to thrive without your intervention. You can research permaculture to find out more about this practice – it means low-maintenance whilst also being eco-friendly.


  • Compost

This is a fantastic way of ensuring local wildlife thrives in your garden, and you’ll save money on fertiliser, too! Just throw your veggie scraps (and coffee grounds and eggshells) into a small covered bucket, and empty periodically into a larger container outdoors. Mix it around every once in a while, and in a few months, you’ll have rich compost to spread on your garden.

Examples of different kinds of gardens

Thinking about a new garden, but you’re not sure what to go for? Here, find examples of different kinds of garden, that were chosen by popular demand:

Gardens without grass: UK examples

You can choose to put in gravel and beds like this garden owner with an adorable toddler did:


Other people choose to do a combination of both, like in this example:


If you’re not keen on grass, you can also choose to pave paths and fill the rest with greenery:


Or to put in an attractive deck to cut down on space that might otherwise be taken up by a lawn:


Gardens with artificial grass

Perhaps you like the look of grass but aren’t sure whether artificial grass is right for you. Here are some lovely examples of fake grass:


It looks just like the real thing, doesn’t it? And no watering or maintenance!


Artificial grass is a good alternative for those that want a beautiful lawn but are sick of mowing.


Gardens with sleepers

Sleepers are reclaimed wood originally used in railways that have a lovely aged look that many people want for their garden, and they can be used in many different ways. For instance, this creative example uses them vertically instead of the traditional horizontal configuration:


This is a modern version of classic sleepers in the UK:


In this example, sleepers are used to add plants to an otherwise flat garden, perfect for entertaining:


Gardens with stone walls

Stone walls are a popular and classic addition to gardens across the UK. Here are some lovely examples:


Turning your stone walls into part of your planting scheme is an attractive alternative – great for wildlife too, as they can get into the nooks and crannies!


For a more refined version, you can add concrete and make a rustic yet ordered pattern. If you can afford to, a garden with a double elevation makes for a gorgeous vista:


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