How Much Do You Pay For A Professional Gardener?
The big question that many people ask us at Bacchus Marsh & Redgum Garden Centre is how much they might be expected to pay for enlisting the services of a professional gardener. Good question!
It really is not a question that we can give an exact answer to, but we can look at the sort of work that you might get from a professional gardener, for the different wage price brackets, and go from there. Having said that, these prices will vary depending on the location where the work is to be carried out. Usually they may quote you a price for a whole job, or for a specific number of hours, but this is best discussed with them when you are talking with them about the work.
Your basic garden labourer who does gardening and labouring work for a living, but who has not gained any horticultural qualifications, will be happy to work for $20-$25 an hour. They will do the hard yakka work for you such as weeding, clearing, relocating garden waste, pruning and general garden maintenance duties. If you are lucky, they may bring knowledge and awareness regarding different plant species and garden practices; however, this is a fairly basic entry level position, so they will be a helping hand to assist you with the basics.
Skilled Garden Worker or Landscaper
A skilled garden worker or someone who is employed by a landscaping company will usually be paid anywhere from around $30-$70 an hour. They will often bring knowledge and experience to the work and will have ideas that they can share with you.
Professional Landscaping Designer
A professional landscape designer is usually paid approximately $70-$180 per hour. This is because they have the relevant qualifications to design your garden to professional standards. They will hold your hand and advise you of things that you might not have thought of, that will make a difference to the quality and design of your garden.
Arborist or Tree Chopper
Having trees chopped down usually costs a lot more per hour than other gardening work, basically because they have chainsaws and wood chippers, and at times need to hire machinery to complete the job. For these guys (and gals) things could get dangerous so you are essentially paying them for risking their lives and limbs to get your work done. Their experience in their craft is another reason why it is worth paying a professional to do this work, because you really don’t want a tree falling on your house.