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UK: Lifetime Cost of Gardens

UK: Lifetime Cost of Gardens

Homeowners spend £30,000 on their gardens over a lifetime, a study has found. Researchers found the typical green-fingered adult will spend a third of the amount on plants alone. The rest of the costs include keeping the lawn, flowerbeds, shrubs and trees in tip-top condition, as well as forking out for garden buildings, ornaments and patios. The survey by online garden centre, GardeningExpress.co.uk, asked 540 gardeners about their spending habits. After buying plants, the second highest expenditure was on hard landscaping at £9,000, with homeowners changing their patio or deck six times over the course of their gardening lifetime. Garden furniture, including tables, chairs and outdoor lighting, accounted for £3,600 of the total amount. Those questioned said they needed something decent to sit on or relax in to enjoy their garden, which explained why furniture was updated or replaced around eight times. Replacement of essential tools totalled just under £3,500. (Source: dailymail.co.uk)