How Much Does Landscaping Cost?
A Look at Landscaping Pricing Per Square Metre
Are you looking to renovate your garden? Are you dreaming of a professionally landscaped garden as shown in magazines and on makeover shows?
When professional renovators take on a project, they estimate how much the garden work will cost by using a per square metre calculation, and on this page, I’ll show you how much landscaping costs and what you can expect at the different price ranges.
Further down the page, I’ll go through the main items such as fences, patios, decking and driveways etc and I’ll reveal how much they typically cost per square metre.
A beautiful, professionally-created garden doesn’t have to cost the earth but having a realistic idea of how much the project will cost is essential, whatever your budget is.
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If math isn’t your strong point, don’t fret. Use this calculator to work out how many square metres of garden you have.
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£30-£40 Per Square Metre (The DIY Option)
At around £30-£40 per square metre, the competent DIYer will have sufficient funds to:
- Lay a patio using basic materials.
- Level and seed a lawn.
- Build basic flowerbeds to the edges of the garden.
- Fill the beds with perennials.
- Paint fences.
- Clean and seal any existing driveways, patios or paths.
There won’t be sufficient funds for large scale excavation, waste clearance or more expensive materials or plants. Neither will there be enough money to bring in a professional firm to do any of the work.
£50-£60 Per Square Metre
At £50-£60 per square metre, you can hire a professional landscaper to do basic garden clearance of lightweight waste, install a new lawn from seed, lay plenty of plants, most of which will be common perennials and young shrubs and carry out some renovation of the existing “hard” landscape items such as:
- Painting existing fences.
- Cleaning and sealing existing driveways/patios.
- Staining existing decking.
The £50-£60 price range is the minimum you can expect to pay for a landscaped garden, but the focus will be on the green items such as lawns and flowerbeds, most of the plants used won’t be established but will be young. There won’t be sufficient funds to lay expensive patios, driveways or replace all of the fences, for example.
£100-£125 Per Square Metre
This is a more realistic price range for a professionally landscaped, yet still somewhat basic, garden.
At £100-£125 per square metre, you can expect a new lawn, artificial grass, more expensive plants and more of the “hard” items such as:
- Raised flowerbeds.
- A small rockery.
- Basic BBQ construction.
The £100-£125 per square metre price range is very much the going rate for a renovated garden where the owner still wants to keep a lid on the cost.
This price also includes funds to remove and dispose of some heavier waste such as old patios, decking and fencing, etc.
£160-£180 Per Square Metre
At this price range, more of the space will be allocated to “hard” aspects of landscaping surrounded by more expensive plants. At £160-£180 per square metre, you can expect:
- More extensive excavation/levelling.
- Split-level patios and decking with better materials.
- Low level walls.
- More brickwork.
- Basic garden water features.
- Larger rockeries.
- Mood lighting.
- Ornamental long grasses, plants and small trees as features.
- Extensive border planting of perennials and shrubs.
- Handrails for decking or patio areas.
- Brick BBQ construction.
Moving into the £200+ per square metre price range, you can expect all of the above plus pergolas, canopies, cast iron finishings such as handrails, metal gates, more extensive mood lighting, more extensive built-in outdoor cooking areas, larger trees, multi-level sections within the garden etc.
What’s Not Included in The Price Ranges?
The items listed within the price ranges should give you a good idea of what to expect, but there are a few notable exclusions:
Fencing – we haven’t included the cost of replacing fences in our list because it can add a lot to the project.
For example, a 10m wide x 8m long garden could need up to 21 fence panels at around £120 each supplied and installed. That adds a whopping £3200 to the cost.
Boundary brickwork – while our price ranges include brickwork for borders, steps, paths and the like, they don’t include the construction of boundary walls, for the same reason as fences; they’re costly and not everyone needs to replace their boundary fence/wall.
We haven’t included any of these either:
- Large tree felling.
- Deep excavations and filling.
- Garden offices, large sheds/garages (which can cost many thousands).
- Other costly one-off items.
- Planning permission and legal fees, if applicable.
- Lowering of pavement kerbs for access.
- Professional design fees.
Garden Design Fees – How Much Do Professional Landscape Designers Charge?
Landscape designers charge percentage fees on a sliding scale which depends on the budget for the project:
Small garden projects with a limited budget: 20%.
Most projects: 10-15%
Larger projects: 8-10%.
Our price ranges do not include garden design fees.
Designers will provide you with detailed specifications for everything from planting layouts to materials.
Here is an image from a typical planting plan:
Image from Simon Orchard Garden Designs
More Prices Per Square Metre For Garden Landscaping Projects
The price ranges on this page are very insightful and are perfect for anyone wanting an estimate for most garden landscaping projects, but if you want prices per square metre for individual items (fully installed and including labour), here they are:
Patio (basic) – £75 per ㎡
Patio (average) – £90 per ㎡
Patio (premium) – £150 per ㎡
Decking (basic to premium) – £65 – £140 per ㎡
Prep and gravel driveway – £60 per ㎡
Prep and block driveway – £90 – £120 per ㎡
Prep and lay lawn by grass seed – £35 per ㎡
Prep and lay lawn by turfing – £20 per ㎡
Prep and lay artificial grass – £75 to £85 per ㎡
Fence panels – £65 per linear metre
Planting (basic) – £50 – £60 per ㎡
Planting (denser, more established or more expensive plants) – £80 – £100 per ㎡
Where Did These Garden Landscaping Prices Come From?
We sourced prices for professional landscaping from published business price lists that we found via Google searches and also from home improvement price research websites such as Quotation Check and Job Prices. We then took an average of the figures per square metre.
We also looked at trade prices for materials and plants and used our experience to judge how many are needed per square metre.
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