Landscapers are who you call when you need help shaping and transforming your land. Whether it’s a private garden, a large hotel estate, or commercial sports grounds, landscapers work as a team to create structure and form to your site.
It’s an extremely varied job, where each day and every project is very different from the next. This requires landscapers to exhibit resourcefulness and skills across many areas.
What does a landscaper do?
Typically, a landscaper starts their day at around 7.30am and finishes between around 4.30 to 5pm.
During the day, a landscape gardener could be doing anything from timberwork, decking, sculptures, clearing ground, laying paths and patios, plumbing, drainage, building walls, digging ponds, installing irrigation or planting. As well as building garden structures such as pergolas, garden rooms or children’s play areas.
Carrying out the ongoing maintenance of plants (pruning, feeding, weeding) and grounds (mowing and treating lawns, mulching, and nourishing soil) is another important part of the role.
Landscapers regularly co-ordinate work with suppliers and liaise with other garden trades such as garden designers, landscape architects and engineers. They also consult with clients so they can draw up plans and designs. So they need to possess good communication and project management skills.
They use their knowledge of plants to choose what best suits a situation, and offer help and advice for looking after them and making sure they flourish. Choosing and working with different landscaping products and materials is also part and parcel of daily life.
Operating heavy machinery such as tractors, mowers and chainsaws is also part of day to day activity, so understanding how to work these safely is an essential part of the landscaper’s role. Holding relevant training and qualifications in using this equipment and Health and Safety is a must.
Increasingly projects require landscapers to work in harmony with the natural environment, helping to improve wildlife habitats and biodiversity. Day to day, landscapers could be building elaborate bug houses to choosing organic alternatives to maintaining and feeding a garden.
Just take a look at our Instagram feed to see how different each day is from the next.