A gardener generally works as a professional contractor or under direct employment by a facility with large landscaping resources and needs. This person generally tends to the upkeep and care of the landscape design on an ongoing basis. Typically, a gardener doesn’t build or create, but rather helps maintain the current landscape design and environment. The gardener is likely expected to attend to the upkeep of the grounds under his or her care. This not only includes regular mowing, but also setting up proper watering schedules, trimming, weed care, and fertilizing. Additionally, the gardener cares for all flowering plants in the landscape design, assessing any environmental difficulties observed and acting proactively to treat them. During appropriate seasons, the gardener is responsible for removing leaves, adding mulch, and doing any additional planting. As it becomes necessary, the gardener should make recommendations for improving or enhancing the design as he or she sees fit.
A gardener must be proficient with the tools of the trade such as power trimmers, weed-pullers, mowers, and other gear required. This person is also expected to be able to safely trim back tree branches and maintain the shape and form of any hedges or bushes as called for by the landscape designer. Many employers of gardeners will look for prior landscape and floral care experience. These companies are also likely to require a driver’s license (due to the transportation needs of heavy equipment) and a background check. Gardeners work outdoors, usually from spring to late fall; in warmer environments, they are needed year round.
- Remove snow, debris, litter, and unsightly materials.
- Operate vehicles like trucks, mowers, tractors and chainsaws to mow grass, prune, and care for soil.
- Care for plantings by mulching, aerating, weeding, trimming, and applying fertilizers and insecticide.
- Oversee and improve outdoor areas, including grass, shrubbery, trees, and plantings.
- Maintain equipment and tools.