A Gardena survey has found weeding and mowing the lawn are the most hated jobs in the garden (38 per cent), whereas growing vegetables is the most loved gardening pastime, cited by one in five people.
Planting and shopping for new plants are also favoured activities,
The average Briton spends 41 hours per year unproductively in the garden.
One in five don't water their plants.
Some 42 per cent consider gardening a hobby.
One tenth of people say their garden is all weeds.
Mowing the lawn was voted the second most despised job, by one in ten, while nine per cent say trimming hedges is the most arduous garden chore. Cleaning and watering were next.
The research also shows that Britons spend an average of three hours per month maintaining their garden – but as a nation we spend 41 hours per year unproductively in the garden, suggesting why these tasks feel overwhelming.
Paul Simpson, of Gardena, who are at Glee on 12-14 September, said: "It’s not surprising that weeding comes out on top but it may be, in part, for reasons not just because it is backbreaking work. Our research shows that a tenth of budding gardeners admit they are unsure if they are removing a weed or a flower, and this lack of knowledge might be leading to a fear of the unknown when it comes to pulling up plants.
"Some jobs in the garden are more rewarding; it’s enjoyable to watch the benefits of your hard work paying off, which is probably why they made the Love list.
"Either way, many of these jobs – love or hate them – could be made a lot easier with some simple tools, and gardening know how. For example, setting up an irrigation system in the garden so you don’t have to remember the watering each day could save people time and money.
"And knowing that 10 minutes every few days – weeding, mowing or watering – could be more productive longer term than hours spent once a month trying to maintain your precious patch."