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Hand Watering Costs

Because the cost of hand watering is hidden within the wages bill, many people do not appreciate how much it costs to hand water garden centre & nursery stock.

How Much Does It Really Cost?

If you pay your staff £7.00 per hour, and it takes a single person 6 hours a day to water in the hottest 4 months of the year, then the annual cost of hand watering is a massive:


If your garden centre employs two people to water the plants, then the cost of hand watering doubles to:


In three years, on hand watering alone, your garden centre could have spent almost:


The cost of a fully automated garden centre irrigation system would probably be less than half this amount, giving a payback period of less than 18 months. In fact many customers pay for their systems in just one season.

In addition, the entire capital cost of the garden centre can be claimed back from the taxman in the form of capital allowances.