What is a Landscaper?
A landscape gardener is a professional who uses a range of elements (water, wood, stone and paving) to design and create a balanced outdoor area. Not to be mistaken for a gardener, who also works in gardens and parks, but primarily maintains as opposed to creates.
What does a Landscaper do?
- Design and craft outside spaces for homes and commercial properties
- Sketch and recommend suitable plants and materials for the space
- Work with clients to create a plan according to a brief or specific needs
- Work with gardeners, tree surgeons or other specialists on existing plantings or suggested shrubbery or plantings
- Purchase soil, fertilisers or other nutrients to ensure growth and plant health
- Advise clients on plant selection and plant care
- Install features including deck covering, lighting, fire pits and BBQs
- Place irrigation systems in and around bedding to minimise water consumption
- Hire the necessary contractors to support planning and design as well as rent the necessary power tools and compliance to onsite health and safety
What are a Landscaper's Qualifications?
A Landscape Gardner may have completed a Degree or a Masters course in Landscape Architecture. Alternatively a Landscaper Gardner may have completed a QQI Level 5 course. All courses require a portfolio of work to demonstrate the range and depth of learning which will then be further developed during work experience. A person may also have entered the field from architecture, geography, planning, surveying or civil/structural engineering. Many qualified Landscape Gardeners are members of The Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland (ALCI)
Landscapers can also be known as Landscape Architects, Landscaper Gardener, Landscape Designer, Landscape Technician, Plantscape Technician