The most satisfying gardening jobs – from planting seeds to scarifying the lawn

Gardening enthusiasts love to stand back and admire all the hard work they’ve done in their garden – from the lawn to the fences and the patio

Mowing the lawn, watering plants and sowing seeds are the most satisfying gardening jobs, research suggests.

The top 45 best garden tasks also featured deadheading roses, and growing and picking homegrown produce.

Working with power tools, using a laser spirit level and laying grass turf also appeared in the list.

The survey, of over 1,500 people who garden, revealed they love raking up fallen leaves and “scarifying” the lawn – which means removing old grass and debris.

Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) admitted finding particular gardening tasks strangely fulfilling – and said standing back to see what you’ve done is the most satisfying aspect.

But more than seven in ten said some gardening tasks – like mowing the lawn or weeding – are satisfying and frustrating in equal measures, because they know they’ll need to do them again within days.

Kate Turner, from Miracle Gro, which commissioned the research, said: “Brits’ love of strangely satisfying gardening jobs shows how good they can be for our mental health.

“Even during autumn and winter, there are lots of little jobs that you can take care of to keep your garden in the best shape.

“From deadheading roses to mowing the lawn, it’s always nice to take a step back to see your handiwork, no matter if it will need re-doing in the next few days.”

The survey went on to reveal that those polled spend 11 minutes a day thinking about gardening, and take as many as four days off work in a year just to work in their garden.

The colder months are a great time to start a gardening project, according to 68 percent, with half of adults expecting to learn a new skill in the garden this winter.

As many as 65 percent would like their garden to look as nice in the autumn and winter as it does in the summer, but 23 percent have no idea how to maintain the same standards as the seasons change.

But 57 percent read gardening books and magazines, and typically spend more than two hours a week watching gardening programmes, to learn more about the hobby.

And 63 percent of these find gardening programmes specifically relaxing.

When it comes to de-stressing, almost seven in ten adults, surveyed via OnePoll, would recommend gardening as a great way to switch off.

Furthermore, 46 percent said that if they didn’t do any gardening, their mental health would struggle.

Actor, TV personality and keen gardener, Catherine Tyldesley, has teamed up with Miracle Gro to help inspire people to get out in their garden this autumn, with tips and ideas of what can be done to ensure your garden looks as good this season as in summer.

Catherine said: “Gardening is a great way to detach yourself from daily life as it provides a new focus.

“It doesn’t surprise me that people don’t know how to spruce up their gardens when it gets chilly, as gardening is widely considered a “summer job”.

“It can be really rewarding tidying up your outside area, especially during the autumn and winter periods when the leaves fall from the trees.”


Planting seeds/bulbs/plants
Watering all your plants
Mowing the lawn
Pruning around the garden
Seeing birds in your feeders/birdbaths
Deadheading flowers
Finally getting out the last weed
Growing and picking home-grown produce
Repotting your plants
Sowing seeds
Feeding your plants
Deadheading roses
Raking up fallen leaves
Putting fresh seeds in a bird feeder
Jet washing the patio
Painting a fence
Trimming a hedge perfectly
Sweeping your patio/decking
Filling up the birdbath with fresh water
Putting up new garden furniture
Painting the final layer of paint
Putting in a new border
Trimming your herb garden
Oiling a noisy hinge
Successfully removing a screw which has lost its thread
Sorting through a massive pile of screws/nails and finding the one you need
Hammering nails into wood
Organising tools
Using power tools
Laying grass seed
Using a drill
Painting with a roller
Scarifying the lawn
Laying grass turf
Sanding wood
Getting a shelf perfectly lined up
Perfectly laying a patio
Watching the sprinkler system at work
Cleaning paint off a paint brush
Using a tape measure
Using a laser spirit level
Fixing a wonky deck board
Watching paint dry
Chemically removing paint from doors, gates etc.