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Last Updated on December 13, 2020

Garden Landscaping Cost – How Much Is It & Prices Per M2

Zac Houghton

Zac Houghton

Landscaping expert and founder of Loftera.

Did you know you could add 20% to the value of your home with good landscaping? And you don’t have to dig deep into your pockets to get expert help. When it comes to home improvements your garden could be a gold mine, adding an extra 20% to the value of your property.

But just how much does garden landscaping cost?  Well, it may surprise you to learn that the average landscaping UK cost is just £25 an hour to bring in expert help. So, it is an easy way to make a profit even if you do not have green fingers. 

There is also the added bonus of being able to enjoy the extra space, if you are not looking to sell, as gardens are now seen as an extra room by those who love the indoor/outdoor flow concept with landscaping trends providing beautiful al fresco dining areas using new weatherproof soft furnishings to create outside glamour. 

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Cost Breakdown

On average Brits spend just short of £500 when they are landscaping their outdoor spaces and often less is more as property experts say buyers are looking for gardens that are easy to maintain so there is no need to recreate Kew gardens.

Size is important as costs are worked out based on how much area needs to be landscaped and are broken down into light landscaping such as weeding and planting to heavy landscaping which incorporates tough physical labour like laying a patio or building decking.

Light landscaping is charged at a cheaper rate, circa £25 an hour in the UK, whilst the heavy stuff can be as much as £100 per hour. How much time you need will clearly depend on the task in hand.  

The first step is to look at the size of your plot and what you want to achieve. How will you use the space? Is it somewhere to BBQ and party with a hot tub or a play area for the kids? Or perhaps you want an oasis of calm with decking or patio for sunworshippers.

Then when you have a brief, call in the experts who can help you plot out the area and the right materials to use that work with the climate so your garden will bloom. A professional landscaper is a wise investment because they will create a working system that ensures you are not adding huge watering bills or wasting energy in other ways. For example, if you are time poor, there is no point in choosing plants that need constant attention.

An expert can also look at any issues such as whether you have a sloping garden, whether tree roots are threatening your home structure and other physical problems like drainage.

As a rough guide, landscaping per m2 costs is worked out by time and experts estimate it takes an hour per meter squared, so between £25 to £100, depending on whether it is heavy or light landscaping.

Another key element of landscaping costs are the materials you need for the garden you want. Again, a landscape gardener will be able to guide you and work to your budget. They will also have the right contacts to get the best deals, especially if you are buying expensive items like paving slabs and can also source products that are sustainable and are guaranteed to stand up to the elements. In addition, most will offer a maintenance service, so your landscaping looks great all year round and this can be as little as £20 a month.

When it comes to adding value to your property a recent survey sheds offer the most value out of any other garden asset. This is followed by having a high quality patio and then sound fencing structures after that. But it is bad news for those who hate mowing the lawn as 60% were turned off by artificial grass.

If you are on a budget, there are ways in which you save on costs. For example, buy perennials as these plants will bloom year after year, so you do not need to keep buying new bulbs every season and you can split them when you plant to fill out flower beds.

Another budget way to get the plants you want, is to grow them from seeds rather than bulbs, as seed packets are much cheaper. However, this does mean you will need to put more time into gardening.

Start composting as this basically means free fertilizer and it is very environmentally friendly. You need to invest in a compost bin and then build it up by using all your organic rubbish, from kitchen leftovers to garden waste (weeds and leaves for example). You need to water and mix the compost bin, but the resulting mulch is mulch is a free and kinder alternative than many chemical alternatives.

Buy in bulk and buy local to make your budget go further and this goes for everything including plants as well as heavy landscaping materials like paving and decking. 

And if you are artistic, try your hands at upcycling where you can repurpose old furniture, planters, and ornaments, instead of buying new. There’s numerous YouTube and other tutorials that can give you tips and inspiration.

You can even find sheds and paving materials that people are getting rid of and add your own magic touch.

To make sure your garden has contemporary appeal, keep an eye on landscaping trends. When it comes to key themes for 2020 rocks and rockeries are very on trend and the dominant colour is blue, that goes for everything from plants to painting walls and garden furniture.

Lighting is also a key feature for landscaping as the rise in al-fresco dining and gatherings has flourished during in COVID-19 restrictions.

Other looks to consider for a contemporary feel that will add value and pounds to your landscaping are sustainable water features, geometric shapes, and polished gravel, which gives an upmarket edge to most gardens.

Making a statement shape of your lawn is another quick win to get maximum impact and minimising the size of your lawn keeps costs down in terms of ongoing maintenance. 

So, it is good news for anyone with outdoor space as we have demonstrated how you can maximise the value of your property for very little investment and the cost of bringing in expert help is within reach of most of us. Enjoy your garden!

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How can I Landscape my Garden Cheaply?

Getting expert help is well worth the investment as garden landscaping costs in the UK are so reasonable. 

Current average UK rates are just £25 an hour for a gardener, with other services in terms of maintenance coming in cheaper and adding potentially thousands of pounds to the value of your property.

Gardening, including weeding and lawn mowing average just £20 an hour and you will only need these services once or twice a month, whilst the average handyman services in the UK are roughly £20 for repairs to decking, balconies or patios and outside painting is just £28 an hour.

We have also outlined money-saving tips (1) above, from making your own fertilizer and how to make planting cheaper as well as upcycling.    

How Much Does it Cost to Landscape a Yard?

The average Brit spends under £500 on landscaping their garden but this can be much cheaper (or more expensive) depending on what you want to do. For example, you may need initial help to design and make the most of your outdoor area and it is worth getting an expert as garden landscaping UK costs are roughly £25 an hour, whereas maintenance may be as little as £18 a fortnight or you may choose to do that yourself.

How Much Should I Budget for Backyard Landscaping?

It depends on the extent of the work but a good average to work to is from £25 to £100 per square meter for a landscaped garden. Basically, hard landscaping such as creating decking, laying a patio is more expensive, whereas lighter work, i.e.: planting, will be much cheaper. And remember this will be a one-off cost to get your backyard in shape so you can work to a budget and make savings in terms of materials used too.

The cost of landscaping a sloping garden is the same and is well worth the investment to ensure you have the expert eye on problematic issues that these can pose in terms of drainage and unevenness that are beyond the scope of an amateur.

Does Landscaping Increase Property Value?

Sources put the increased landscaping adds to the value of your home between 11 to 20% and on average any investment in landscaping sees a potential 200% return on investment. So, for every pound spent, you get £3 back (2). 

Is Landscaping Worth the Investment?

The simple answer is yes! Recent research shows a good garden can add 20% to the price of your property and with garden landscaping costs a very reasonable average of £25 per hour the math shows you get a great return on investment for very little initial lay out. In fact, in some cases, landscaped gardens have added £50,000 to the price of a house compared with properties in the same neighbourhood where the gardens have not been tended. There is also the added factor of ‘curb appeal’ if you are looking to sell your home as first impressions are vital to potential buyers. 

Once you took care of your garden you might also want to take a look at:

A combination of those services will make our house look like brand new!

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