Which? ran a survey in 2012 and below provides a guide on prices and timings.
NB: All prices include labour and materials but exclude VAT.
|Job||Details||Typical price quoted||Price range||Typical time to complete job|
|Survey conducted in July 2012.|
|Mow lawn||Mow lawn approx 20m x 10m. Cost of doing job once, but based on a regular weekly job.||£30||£20-£35||1 hour|
|Lay a patio||Lay a patio approx 4m x 2m of basic, square paving slabs. Assumption that ground is currently laid to lawn and flat.||£800||£625-£1,050||1-2 days|
|Remove existing patio and lay to lawn||Remove a paved patio of 4m x 2m. Replace with lawn.||£475||£350-£661||1-2 days|
|Build a decked area||Build a decked area in a garden. 2.5m x 4m. Assume area is flat and currently laid to lawn.||£880||£700-£1,050||1-2 days|
|Build a garden shed||Build an 8' x 6' shiplap shed. Shed purchased by customer. Working on the assumption that flat base is already in place.||£150||£100-£176||0.5–1 day|
|Build a garden fence||Construct a garden fence with ten 6' x 5' panels including posts and capping. Includes price of labour plus all materials.||£760||£635-£900||1-2 days|
|Create two raised beds (1.5m x 4m) for vegetable patch||Assuming that ground is currently laid to lawn.||n/a||£215-£675||1–2 days|
|Build a small rockery||Including rocks and plants.||£350||£220-£400||1 day|
|Build a shingle garden path||Build a shingle path, approx 1m x 6m.||n/a||£200-£500||0.5–1 day|
|Build a garden pond||Includes digging the hole, lining and filling a pond of approximately 1.5m diameter.||£507||£400-£713||1-2 days|
|Bring an overgrown garden back to life||Weed, prune and mow an overgrown garden left untended for more than a year. Garden approximately 20m x 10m – assuming it is currently laid to lawn with shrub borders on three sides. Dispose of all waste.||£450||£260-£750 (depending on type of shrubs to be removed and amount of waste to dispose of)||1–3 days (depending on type and volume of shrubs)|
|Trim garden hedge||Assuming existing hedge is approximately 10m long and 2m high. Needs trimming on top and both sides.||£90||£66-£115||2–4 hours