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The Various Duties of a Gardener/ Landscaper

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A landscape gardener designs develop, maintains, and remodels gardens and landscapes. The responsibility of a gardener is to maintain the beauty of plants, outdoor grounds, and trees in a garden.

To do this, they perform a range of general maintenance tasks including designing, fencing, decking, slab laying, woodworking, walling, and operating a chipper, mower, strimmer, stump grinder, pressure washer, digger, dumper, and other machinery.

Gardeners can work in local parks, hotels, private farms, or nurseries. Landscape gardening is very physical; tasks can vary according to the season and weather conditions.

Landscaping Specialists

There are many landscaping specialists whose job duties play an important role in the health, well-being, and beauty of the landscapes we enjoy. Here are some of them:

Equipment Operators

Certain landscape projects, such as installation, require forklifts and bulldozers to move dirt, dig holes and carry heavy objects. Equipment operators, with proper on-the-job training, are often the first professionals to touch a new landscape project.

Hardscape Technicians

Install hardscape projects including patios, walkways, steps, and retaining walls to complement the landscape on residential and commercial properties. These professionals have excellent planning and execution skills and receive satisfaction from building a project from start to finish.

Installation Technicians

These professionals install flowers, shrubs, turf and trees, and non-living elements like irrigation systems and hardscapes such as patios and retaining walls. Operators frequently use equipment, often heavy equipment, to help with their jobs. Work is almost always done outdoors and can be physically demanding. Those who are good at logistics generally excel in these positions.

Landscape Maintenance Technicians

These professionals keep landscapes looking beautiful. They work in residential and commercial settings pruning, mowing, mulching, edging, fertilizing, testing soil, aerating, etc.

Lawn Care Technicians

These professionals inspect and treat lawns to ensure their health by applying fertilizer and other turf care products.

Irrigation Installation and Service Technicians

Properly designed and maintained sprinkler systems require professional service to ensure landscapes thrive. Irrigation technicians ensure they are in good working order using substantial problem-solving skills.

Tree and Plant Care Technicians

Trees and plants require a lot of care. Some must be done by trained and licensed arborists, while some maintenance work – like basic pruning – can be done by technicians, under the guidance of those knowledgeable about tree and plant science.

Landscaper/Gardener General Responsibilities

  • Maintaining the grounds and landscapes of private clients and businesses
  • Constructing small-scale builds, such as decking areas and installing water fountains
  • Seeding and sodding lawns
  • Planting and maintaining lawns, flowers, and shrubberies
  • Ensuring soil is kept in good condition by using suitable fertilizers
  • Clearing away leaves and snow from pathways
  • Using heavy equipment such as chainsaws
  • Preparing and grading terrain, applying fertilizers, and transplanting shrubs and plants, using manual and power-operated equipment
  • Mowing and trimming lawns, using a hand mower or power mower
  • Cleaning grounds, using rakes, brooms, and hose
  • Spraying trees and shrubs, and applying supplemental liquid and dry nutrients to lawns and trees
  • Border and flower bed management
  • Perform basic maintenance such as emptying bins and managing weed control
  • Service all garden equipment and machinery
  • May dig trenches and install drain tiles
  • May make repairs to concrete and asphalt walks and driveways
  • Guide management on matters related to the garden
  • Advise management on the costs of plants and garden necessities with detailed written quotations and reports
  • Ensure a safe environment for staff and clients by adhering to safety and health regulations

If you want to hire a landscaper for your beautiful garden and don’t know exactly where to get started, get started by filling out our contact page, or, call us at 1 855-444-2515 to tell us more about your needs and get advice about the next steps from one of our friendly staffing experts.


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