The costs of UK gardening

26-09-2017
The costs of UK gardening

For many Brits, our garden is our pride and joy — but it comes at a price! It’s estimated that over the course of a gardener’s lifetime, they’ll spend £30,000 on tending to their garden. A staggering amount by anyone’s standards, but just how does the amount breakdown?

The survey by Gardening Express found the most significant spend of this £30,000 was on plants (£10,000) and renewing patios and decking (£9,000). This decking cost is based on renewing the patio and decking six times over their lifetime.

However, despite this survey setting the 2014 benchmark at £30,000, more recent research has suggested that the UK’s gardening spend is slowing. The survey by Lloyds Bank Insurance found that households spend an average of £587 on gardening in a 12 month period between 2015 and 2016.

 

 

So let’s work this out. If we take the average UK lifespan at 80 years old and consider that most Brits won’t buy their first home until they’re 30, we can assume around 50 years of gardening. Based on the £587 average household spend, more recent data suggests that this spend has dropped to £29,350 — a £750 decrease on the figures from 2014.

For the not-so-green-fingered, there is a temptation to hire the experts—a wise choice for those looking for a professional finish. However, this isn’t without cost. Here’s how much the most popular garden tasks will cost you if you ask the experts, according to analysis from compost and bark chippings retailer Compost Direct:

 

Mowing the lawn:

On average, asking a gardener to cut your lawn costs around £30, although of course, this will vary depending on the size of your garden. Between March and September, this will usually be required fortnightly, racking up a total cost of £420 annually.

Assuming an average lawnmower costs £100, this is just a fraction of the cost of professional lawn cutting service.

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