Companies that provide dedicated landscaping work for businesses and institutions are the primary employers for landscape gardeners. Many organizations use these landscaping companies (and their landscape gardeners) to create and maintain an attractive, natural look for their buildings and grounds. Larger residences - or even smaller residential neighborhoods or subdivisions - may also hire landscape firms and gardener.
Landscape gardeners implements the designs of a landscape architect for the business, organization, or resident employing the landscaping service. They plant various flowers or other vegetation according to the plans drawn up by the architect and agreed to by the client; this may involve planting on a schedule throughout the year and re-sowing seeds as necessary due to circumstances. Additionally, the landscape gardener helps maintain the look of the landscape design going forward. They fertilize land and measure the health of soil samples. The gardener checks and adjusts watering schedules as necessary and implements new watering areas as needed. They also trim and cut vegetation, including simple procedures such as mowing lawns or other grassy lots.
This is a position in which practical experience and strong working knowledge of tools and techniques are frequently given more weight by employers than formal education. That said, a high school diploma or equivalent is usually required. Additionally, several years of prior experience in horticulture, as a florist, or working at a lower position within a landscaping company is needed as well. Landscape gardeners work outdoors during daylight hours; in areas that experience severe winters, this work may be somewhat seasonal in nature.
Landscape Gardener Tasks
Apply pesticides to flowers and shrubs.
Use a variety of manual tools and equipment, such as rakes, pruning shears, shovels, wheelbarrows and pesticide sprayers.
Assist in installation and repair of lawn sprinkler system components.
Plant, transplant, trim and water all plants and trees.
Clean making repair tools and equipment.