A landscaping designer works to create attractive exterior settings with plants, flowers, trees, and lawns. The goal is for these environments to be both eye-catching and functional. Sometimes called landscape architects, landscaping designers work with builders to design shaded areas, set up walkways on the exterior of a building, and generally flesh out the designs that make businesses and homes attractive. Landscaping designers can also be brought in to revitalize or completely renovate the existing exterior grounds of a property.
Landscaping designers will normally design the specific areas where flowerbeds, hedges, bushes, and trees will be located. They also determine the exact species of these natural design elements. For instance, the designer may decide on certain grasses for the sod and lawns of a structure's grounds. The designer may suggest certain plants based on color, coordinating with the exterior of the building, its paint scheme, and other design elements.
Most areas of the country require a person to be certified as a landscaping designer, which typically requires a university or associate's degree. Many landscaping designers are self-employed and run their own operations, but there are larger contracting groups of landscapers who handle commercial accounts. Landscape architects typically work in design studios, but they also will be required to do fieldwork and conduct business travel as a regular part of their duties.
Landscaping Designer Tasks
Ensure that all landscaping plans are designed with local and federal environmental regulations in mind.
Prepare site plans and survey landscaping work to ensure that projects can be completed on time and under budget.
Work with clients, engineers, and colleagues to design and plan landscaping projects.
Prepare drawings, blueprints, sketches, and other visual representations that can be used for planning and city approval processes.