A landscaping contractor is typically a manager or owner of a business dedicated to designing, growing and maintaining the natural elements of the exterior of commercial buildings and homes. Normally the contractor has one or more teams that work for him or her, and bids on jobs that can include both maintenance of existing lawn and landscapes, as well as new work on construction and remodeling jobs.
Typically a major part of a landscaping contractor's work is bidding on jobs to ensure that the teams he or she employs have steady work. The contractor typically assesses the size of lawns to be mowed and trimmed, while also looking at other aspects of landscaping work such as mulching, raking, seeding and watering. He or she then submits a competitive bid that takes into account labor, materials, and equipment maintenance and depreciation. Once bids are secured, the contractor performs regular, daily reviews at sites with his or her team leaders to ensure that the quality of the work performed is as promised. The contractor also normally is in contact with clients to ensure they remain satisfied. In some situations, a landscaping contractor is used for new landscaping work on a construction site or major renovation. In these situations, the contractor may design or offer input into the landscape decisions being made.
Normally a landscaping contractor has worked extensively in this field. Although some contractors may have vocational training in landscape architecture or design, practical experience is normally considered to be of equal or greater value than formal education. A landscape contractor typically heads a professional landscaping business and should expect to work long hours every week. This time is typically split between office work performing bookkeeping, bidding and ordering and field work on various job sites.