Landscaping is an essential profession for keeping gardens, parks, and other outdoor spaces looking beautiful. Landscapers are responsible for making sure plants grow well in the allotted area, as well as cleaning debris around patios and other areas. They also elevate the appearance of outdoor spaces by planting flowers, plants, and shrubs; tending lawns; and trimming hedges. Landscapers typically work for landscaping companies or local governments to design aesthetically pleasing outdoor spaces.
They use their knowledge of horticulture and eye for design to create stunning landscapes. Landscapers must maintain relationships with plant nurseries and garden supply companies, travel to garden sites, and collaborate with other landscape professionals to achieve their goals. Additionally, they can perform general maintenance tasks such as raking leaves, administering pesticides, removing flower heads, and mowing lawns. Landscapers can also be hired to work indoors if an indoor space has a lot of plants and vegetation.
Their responsibilities include picking up garbage, mowing lawns, uprooting weeds, and planting or removing flowers and plants. The role of the landscaper is to build and maintain gardens, parks and other outdoor landscapes. This includes ensuring plant growth, cleaning outdoor facilities, and trimming overgrown hedges. To become a landscaper, you must complete an apprenticeship program.
This program usually involves four 12-month periods of on-the-job training, four eight-week blocks of technical training, and a final certification exam. Related work experience or completion of a landscaping program at a university or technical institute can reduce the time needed to complete your apprenticeship. The responsibilities of a landscaper require skills such as water turf, garden design, power mowers, and tree trimming. Landscapers must also be aware of recent landscaping trends to suggest designs and improve landscape presentation.
They may operate equipment such as push lawn mowers, mounted lawn mowers, chainsaws and weed eaters to efficiently landscape an area. Landscapers are employed by landscaping companies or contractors, garden service establishments, golf courses, nurseries and greenhouses, as well as municipal, provincial and national parks. They may also work for themselves by reporting directly to their customers - the owners of the property. Hours can be long for landscapers - especially in spring and summer - but may not exist during the winter months when the landscaping business slows down considerably. Less commonly earned degrees for landscapers include a degree in criminal justice or a degree in automotive technology.