Landscapers do the practical work involved in making gardens and other outdoor spaces. Landscapers talk to their clients to find out exactly what they want. They suggest which materials to use and tell the client how long the job will take. They also work out how much the job will cost and agree a price with the client.
- Talking to clients to find out what they want
- Planting trees and flowers
- Laying new lawns
- Building walls and steps
- Laying paths and driveways
- Putting in ponds, waterfalls and other features
- Following plans and drawings
- Using machines and equipment such as diggers, chainsaws and spades
- Ordering materials such as bricks and plants
- Keeping records of what they spend on landscaping jobs, and how much they earn
Many landscapers are self-employed and do freelance work for all kinds of clients. Others are employed by landscaping companies themselves.
Landscapers spend most of their time working outside in all weathers. They work in all sorts of places from new housing estates to historic gardens.
Landscapers typically work about 40 hours a week although this can vary depending on the needs of clients. Their work may include early starts and some weekends. They usually work during daylight so their hours tend to be shorter in winter.
The majority of people employed in this role will hold an intermediate apprenticeship or GCSEs at Grades 9-4 (A-C). However, It is not always necessary to hold Level 2 qualifications to become a landscaper, it will be dependent on the employer.
You could also apply for an apprenticeship. If you have an EHCP you may be able to apply under the DfE exemption which allows the apprentice to use Entry Level 3 English and Maths qualifications. The apprentice would have to be competent enough to successfully achieve all other aspects of the apprenticeship requirements, become occupationally competent and achieve Entry Level 3 in English and Maths before the end of their apprenticeship.
Horticulture qualifications are available starting at Level 1 to help you gain access to this role.