Landscapers, or landscaping technicians, maintain the grounds of a property. Landscaping is an almost exclusively outdoor job, and it is physically demanding as most of the work requires manual labor. Occasionally, however, landscapers will have to work in an office, meeting with clients, drawing up layout designs, and maintaining records. Landscapers work with a variety of equipment, including but not limited to lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, weed whackers, leaf blowers and other power equipment. Additionally, landscapers work with shovels, spades, rakes, hoes and other handheld tools. Landscapers' common jobs include mowing and edging lawns, clearing areas of debris and leaves, planting and watering flowerbeds, removing weeds and unsightly plants, cleaning pathways and sidewalks, pruning and shaping bushes and trees, determining the correct usage of pesticides and fertilizers, and other general maintenance.
Landscapers are generally hired by clients and travel to the home or property that is to be maintained, and they usually schedule multiple clients per day. Because most landscapers work on various job sites throughout the day, the ability to travel is generally a requirement. Some companies, such as golf courses, hire dedicated landscapers who do not travel to other locations, but instead spend the day maintaining a single property. Before selling a property, a client might hire a landscaper to increase the property's curb appeal. In other cases, a landscaper may be required to perform basic construction and destruction of various structures.
Landscapers can work in a variety of environments, and for a variety of people. Many companies hire teams of landscapers who travel to job sites together. Landscaping is a field that encourages small business ownership, therefore it is common to report directly to the company's owner. In larger teams, a landscaper may report to a horticulturist, landscaping specialist, or general manager.
- Monitor and activate irrigation systems.
- Plant, maintain, and repair new landscape areas.
- Prunes trees and shrubs.
- Operate ground maintenance equipment including lawn movers, trimmers and edgers.
- Apply fertilizer and pesticides to landscape areas.