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$40 - $500







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How much do gardeners charge? Based on different factors, expect to pay $40 to $60 per hour. Note that rates for complex gardening tasks can range from $100 to $500.

Gardening service price list

When calculating gardener costs, consider the individual services you need. Note that some professionals have a minimum call-out fee for two hours of work.


Gardening Service Cost
Garden cleanup or maintenance $50 to $250 per hour
Garden waste removal $60+ per hour
Weed control $50 to $180 per job
Weed spraying $30 to $40 per hour
Hedge cutting $40 to $70 per hour
Garden or lawn fertilising $30 to $50 per hour

What factors affect gardening rates?

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It’s sometimes tricky to determine exact gardener prices. Here’s what may impact how much gardening services cost:

  • Garden maintenance vs makeover

Average gardener costs depend on the type of work you need. For example, garden maintenance prices include mowing lawns, trimming hedges, and keeping the space tidy and under control. But if you want more detailed work, like planting or looking after flower beds, you need a garden makeover.


  • Job complexity

Some gardens have simple lawns that need occasional mowing. Others have endless rows of flowers bursting and blooming year-round, water features, and even greenhouses. The costs of gardening increase when you want several tasks done, like trimming and turf laying. 

  • Garden size and style

The more extensive the garden, the higher your expenses. Larger gardens take more time, meaning higher labour costs. They also require more materials – like soil, mulch, and fertiliser – which add up. You must adjust your budget accordingly if you have many trees and delicate plants.

  • Your location

The cost of a gardener depends on where you live. In Brisbane and the Gold Coast, expect to pay between $50 to $300 per hour. You might have to spend $40 to $220 per hour in Perth. Access to the property can also impact costs, especially if it’s difficult to bring heavy equipment like lawnmowers to your place.

Do some gardeners charge fixed prices?

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Gardeners may charge fixed prices depending on the details of the job, like how complicated it is and what equipment and skills are needed. Gardening tasks with fixed prices include:

Cost of extra services for your garden

You might want to improve your outdoor experience by asking a professional to paint your fences and install a patio or deck in your garden. The best way to avoid hidden or unforeseen costs is to talk to your gardener. Let them know what you need in detail. If you’re unsure how much it costs to turf a garden or install a specific patio, it’s best to go straight to the source.



Staining fences

$20 to $35 per square metre

Installing a patio

$2,500 - $20,000

Installing a deck

$200+ per square metre

Disclaimer: Airtasker’s cost estimates come from thorough research on industry and third-party rates. Please only use the listed prices as a benchmark when setting your budget.

Hire a gardener on Airtasker

Overall, it’s wise to book a gardener regularly, not just when things are out of control. On Airtasker, you can find nearby professionals for garden cleaning, planting, pruning, or weeding. Their services will make your garden more delightful and manageable in the long run.

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For maintenance, any time of the year is good. However, plants, including weeds, grow faster over summer and spring, so things might get out of control around this time. You also need to decide on the frequency: Do you need to book a gardener once a year or more regularly to keep things in check? Plan well if you want to plant your dream garden with veggie patches, trees, or flower beds.

Elderly, vulnerable, or disabled people can request gardening help from their local council. However, this option is only available if you’re physically weak and don’t have family or friends to assist you.

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