Gardening Advice

How Much Does Garden Maintenance Cost in Australia?

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Having a garden improves your health, relieves stress, and, if you like to plant crops, helps save money from grocery shopping. However, having a garden alone does not give you these benefits unless you keep it in good shape.

Garden maintenance may be relaxing for some but a choir for others, as it includes lawn mowing, edging, weeding, trimming, pruning and a handful of other procedures. Not the most fun activities if you live a busy lifestyle, so it’s no wonder why you might be tempted to compare garden maintenance costs.

Besides all the mentioned benefits, a well-maintained garden increases your property value, so there’s that. It’s no small thing, especially here in Australia where prices rent and purchase prices have gone up. You want your property to be competitive, don’t you?

So if you:

  • Are a homeowner with a garden;
  • Want to give your garden a quality makeover;
  • Wonder how much money it might cost.

Then read along to learn more about garden maintenance costs and how they’re formed.

Table of contents:

Gardening services price list

Sometimes, booking gardening services can be more costly than calling a plumber or an electrician, but then again, those services don’t require aesthetics and care as much as gardening does. So, consider it an investment rather than a one-time thing. With that said, take a look at this gardening services price list.

ServiceCost per job
Garden clearance$220 – $1120
Fertilising$280 – $645
Weeding$180 – $880
Mulching$212 – $928
Lawn mowing$220 – $1120
Lawn painting$180 – $520
Turf laying$1050 – $2070
Hedge trimming and pruning$290 – $1280
Tree trimming and pruning$330 – $1360
Ivy trimming and removal$320 – $1200
Planting flowerbeds$220 – $1120
Lawn edging$220 – $1120

Hourly rates for garden maintenance differ from city to city, but that’s a given. If you happen to live in or near the following cities, expect prices close to these. Usually, the gardeners have a minimum charge, which includes the work of two hours. The minimum charge can be around $147-$180.

CityHourly rate
Melbourne$70 – $90
Sydney$75 – $100
Brisbane$70 – $90
Perth$70 – $90

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What does garden maintenance include?

You already may have an idea of what garden maintenance includes, however now, you will learn things in detail. This is what you will get when you hire professional and fully equipped gardeners.

Garden clearance

This service includes the removal of any kind of unnecessary green waste from your garden. Examples include fallen leaves, excessive vegetation as well as the removal of invasive species. Trimming and shaping shrubs, hedges and trees to give them a nice aesthetic appearance is also part of the services.

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All the mowing and regular wear and tear can cause the grass to get stressed. After all, it is a living organism too. That’s why every once in a while, it needs nutrients in the form of fertilisers so it can heal and become stronger.

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Weeds look bad, but they also deprive your other plants of much-needed nutrients and water. In the long run, your garden will suffer. But weed removal is not as easy as spraying some product on the undesired plants and them disappearing. Different kinds of weeds exist and all of them require a special approach that only experienced horticulturists can provide.

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Mulch is something gardeners put on your lawn so they can improve soil aeration, minimise salt build-up, and protect your plants from pests. Not only that, but mulch also promotes vegetation growth and keeps the soil cool during summer and warm in winter, so it’s quite an important material.

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Lawn mowing

Regular mowing of your grass is important for many reasons. For starters, it encourages lateral growth, which helps the grass become thicker. Keeping the grass heigh consistent is also good for the soil as it protects it from overexposure to the sun. Pests such as ticks and fleas don’t like short-cut grass as there is nowhere to hide. All in all, mowing and keeping the grass at a certain height is very important.

Hedge trimming and pruning

Hedges, no matter their age, need to be cut back, otherwise, they will become an obstacle on pavements and pathways. Then comes the visual factor. A house looks neat and welcoming when the hedges are trimmed and well shaped, while, on the other hand, you can imagine how bad a house with unkept hedges is.

Tree trimming and pruning

Just as hedges, trees need to be trimmed both for aesthetic and health reasons. Old and dead branches become a liability as they develop diseases and become hiding places for pests. The removal of these branches stimulates the tree to grow new ones. Last but not least, a tree with too large of a crown will block out the sun, which can cause some parts of your lawn to deteriorate.

Ivy trimming and removal

Ivy looks romantic, but it’s an invasive species, nonetheless. It takes away nutrients, sunlight and water from your other plants. When it grows around tree roots, it retains moisture and thus can cause fungal diseases to develop. All in all, it’s not too good to have around and its removal requires a professional touch.

Lawn edging

A well-defined lawn edge provides a root barrier against invasive grasses entering the flowerbeds. Needless to say, it also looks marvellous.

Lawn painting

Sometimes, due to extreme weather conditions or diseases the grass can become yellow or brown. In that case, it can simply be repainted with a turf colourant. The product is child and pet-friendly as it contains only bio-degradable ingredients, so you don’t need to worry about that.

Turf laying

Sometimes, the grass is too worn out to be repaired or repainted, and no amount of fertiliser can save it. In this case, gardeners remove the old grass completely and replace it with brand new turf that comes in rolls. They lay the rolls on the soil and connect them. Once the new grass takes hold in the soil, you can safely water and step on it.

Planting flowerbeds

No garden, even one with the most outstanding lawn, is truly complete without flowers. Professional gardeners can give you flowerbeds, so you can grow your own colourful flowers whenever you feel like it.

What factors affect the overall cost?

With so many services which oftentimes need to be combined, you are allowed to wonder what kind of factors influence the prices of each. Well, these are the most common:


As already mentioned earlier, different areas in Australia have different hourly rates for garden maintenance. The prices in Brisbane differ from those in Gold Coast, and prices in Perth might have nothing in common with prices in Southeast Melbourne, New South Wales, Sydney Eastern Suburbs or South West Sydney. They are different everywhere.

Area size

The bigger the property, the more time it will take the gardeners to cover it all. Not only does a larger-sized garden take longer to mow, but also requires more material if it needs to be mulched or fertilised.

Task difficulty

Sometimes two or more services need to be combined. This takes more time and effort from the gardeners. They also need to bring more tools and equipment.


By visiting your property regularly, gardeners keep your lawn in the same shape. So, each time they visit, they will need less time to mow, trim and collect all the green waste because there’s not that much of it piled up.

Garden condition

Overgrown gardens which have been neglected for quite a while take more time and effort to be put back into shape. Often times they also require several services to be carried out, for example, grass mowing, pruning of hedges and fertilising the lawn.

Soil quality

Quality soil, in many ways, takes care of itself and is really easy to manipulate, whereas clay and sandy soils require more care and time. They may also require more frequent visits.

Plant type

Regular plants require standard watering and fertilising, but high-maintenance and exotic plants require that and much more to flourish and stay healthy.

Seasonal changes

Each season requires a different approach to caring for your lawn. Humid seasons lead to overgrowth of the grass, dry seasons can turn your lawn yellow. Autumn brings strong winds and rainfalls which can break branches and flood your garden. Then you will have waterlogged soil, which you need to take care of.

Can your garden increase property value?

Yes, fixing up your garden is how you add value to your property. You get the value when the professionals are done and it increases over time. Seeing as how the weather in Australia ranges from 25°C (77°F) to 33°C (91°F) most of the year, you get to enjoy your garden longer compared to other countries.

And if you plan to sell your house, you can sleep tightly as a well-maintained garden can add tens of thousands of dollars to your property. The well-kept garden is the first thing future buyers see before entering the house. Once they get that first impression, the rest of the deal becomes easier. So, are you ready to book professionals for quality garden maintenance?

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  • Gardening maintenance costs depend on many factors such as location, the complexity of the job, condition of the lawn and ect.
  • Garden maintenance includes other sub-services such as clearance, fertilising, mulching, mowing and more.
  • A well-maintained garden is the best first impression potential home buyers get when checking out a property.

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