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Working As A Landscape Gardener

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $40,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Landscape Gardener Do

Grounds maintenance workers ensure that the grounds of houses, businesses, and parks are attractive, orderly, and healthy in order to provide a pleasant outdoor environment.

Duties

Grounds maintenance workers typically do the following:

  • Mow, edge, and fertilize lawns
  • Weed and mulch landscape beds
  • Trim hedges, shrubs, and small trees
  • Remove dead, damaged, or unwanted trees
  • Plant flowers, trees, and shrubs
  • Water lawns, landscapes, and gardens
  • Monitor and maintain plant health

Grounds maintenance workers are generally under the direction of a professional grounds manager and perform a variety of tasks to achieve a pleasant and functional outdoor environment. They also care for indoor gardens and plantings in commercial and public facilities, such as malls, hotels, and botanical gardens.

The following are examples of types of grounds maintenance workers:

Landscaping workers plant trees, flowers, and shrubs to create new outdoor spaces or upgrade existing ones. They also trim, fertilize, mulch, and water plants. Some grade and install lawns or construct hardscapes such as walkways, patios, and decks. Others help install lighting or sprinkler systems. Landscaping workers are employed in a variety of residential and commercial settings, such as homes, apartment buildings, office buildings, shopping malls, and hotels and motels.

Groundskeeping workers, also called groundskeepers, maintain grounds. They care for plants and trees, rake and mulch leaves, and clear snow from walkways. They work on athletic fields, golf courses, cemeteries, university campuses, and parks, as well as in many of the same settings that landscaping workers work. They also see to the proper upkeep of sidewalks, parking lots, fountains, fences, planters, and benches, as well as groundskeeping equipment.

Groundskeeping workers who care for athletic fields keep natural and artificial turf in top condition, mark out boundaries, and paint turf with team logos and names before events. They mow, water, fertilize, and aerate the fields regularly. They must ensure that the underlying soil on fields with natural turf has the composition required to allow proper drainage and to support the grass used on the field. In sports venues, they vacuum and disinfect synthetic turf to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and they remove the turf and replace the cushioning pad periodically.

Groundskeepers in parks and recreation facilities care for lawns, trees, and shrubs; maintain playgrounds; clean buildings; and keep parking lots, picnic areas, and other public spaces free of litter. They also may erect and dismantle snow fences and maintain swimming pools. These workers inspect buildings and equipment, make needed repairs, and keep everything freshly painted.

Some groundskeepers specialize in caring for cemeteries and memorial gardens. They dig graves to specified depths, generally using a backhoe. They mow grass regularly, apply fertilizers and other chemicals, prune shrubs and trees, plant flowers, and remove debris from graves.

Greenskeepers maintain golf courses. Their work is similar to that of groundskeepers, but they also periodically relocate holes on putting greens and maintain benches and tee markers along the course and provide more intense turf maintenance. In addition, greenskeepers keep canopies, benches, and tee markers repaired and freshly painted.

Pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators apply herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides on plants or the soil to prevent or control weeds, insects, and diseases. Those who work for chemical lawn or tree service firms are more specialized, inspecting lawns for problems and applying fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals to stimulate growth and prevent or control weeds, diseases, or insect infestations.

Tree trimmers and pruners, also called arborists, cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to clear utility lines, roads, and sidewalks. Although many of these workers strive to improve the appearance and health of trees and plants, some specialize in diagnosing and treating tree diseases. Others specialize in pruning, trimming, and shaping ornamental trees and shrubs. Tree trimmers and pruners use chain saws, chippers, and stump grinders while on the job. When trimming near power lines, they usually work on truck-mounted lifts and use power pruners.

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How To Become A Landscape Gardener

Most grounds maintenance workers need no formal education and are trained on the job. Most states require licensing for workers who apply pesticides and fertilizers.

Education

Although most grounds maintenance jobs have no education requirements, some employers may require formal education or certification in areas such as landscape design, horticulture, or arboriculture.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require workers who apply pesticides and fertilizers to be licensed. Obtaining a license usually involves passing a test on the proper use and disposal of insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides.

The National Association of Landscape Professionals offers seven certifications in landscaping and grounds maintenance for workers at various experience levels.

The Tree Care Industry Association offers certification for tree care safety professionals.

The International Society of Arboriculture offers six certifications for workers at various experience levels.

The Professional Grounds Management Society offers certification for workers at various experience levels.

Training

A short period of on-the-job training is usually enough to teach new hires the skills they need, which often include how to plant and maintain areas and how to use mowers, trimmers, leaf blowers, small tractors, and other equipment. Large institutional employers such as golf courses, university campuses, or municipalities may supplement on-the-job training with coursework in horticulture or small-engine repair.

Advancement

Grounds maintenance workers who have good communication skills may become crew leaders or advance into other supervisory positions. Becoming a manager or a landscape contractor may require some formal education and several years of related work experience. Some workers use their experience to start their own landscaping companies.

Important Qualities

Physical stamina. Grounds maintenance workers must be capable of doing physically strenuous labor for long hours, occasionally in extreme heat or cold.

Self-motivated. Because they often work with little supervision, grounds maintenance workers must be able to do their job independently.

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Average Length of Employment
Landscape Engineer 3.0 years
Landscape Gardener 3.0 years
Gardener 2.1 years
Landscape Labour 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Landscape Gardener
Cashier 12.5%
Gardener 6.8%
Server 6.8%
Volunteer 6.0%
Assistant 5.5%
Landscaper 5.0%
Internship 4.4%
Cook 3.4%
Owner 3.1%
Waitress 2.9%
Top Careers After Landscape Gardener
Cashier 11.5%
Gardener 9.9%
Server 6.7%
Internship 6.1%
Volunteer 5.4%
Janitor 5.1%
Barista 4.5%
Cook 3.5%
Cleaner 3.5%
Driver 2.9%
Manager 2.9%
Assistant 2.9%
Line Cook 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$40,000
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$19,000
Min 10%
$40,000
Median 50%
$40,000
Median 50%
$40,000
Median 50%
$40,000
Median 50%
$40,000
Median 50%
$40,000
Median 50%
$40,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Lakewood Health System
Highest Paying City
Cambridge, MA
Highest Paying State
Minnesota
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does a Landscape Gardener make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Landscape Gardener in the United States is $40,675 per year or $20 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $19,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $86,000.

Real Landscape Gardener Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Landscape Gardener California Landscape Associates, Inc. Sacramento, CA Jan 19, 2011 $54,829
Landscape Gardener Rocky Mountain Gardens, Inc. Carbondale, CO Feb 14, 2011 $53,177
Landscape Gardener Borst Landscape & Design Inc. NJ Apr 01, 2011 $36,919
Landscape Gardener Precision Landscaping, Inc. River Vale, NJ Feb 25, 2011 $33,809
Landscape Gardener Rocky Mountain Gardens, Inc. Carbondale, CO Oct 30, 2015 $32,386
Landscape Gardener Cattail Creek Country Club MD Jan 11, 2016 $30,701
Landscape Gardener Hart Heritage, Inc. MD Oct 20, 2011 $30,701
Landscape Gardener Superior Landscape Services Inc. Anaheim, CA Jul 02, 2012 $28,330
Landscape Gardener Cristino Deleon Bakersfield, CA Mar 07, 2012 $28,300
Landscape Gardener Mg Custom Pools Inc. San Diego, CA May 09, 2011 $28,216
Landscaper/Gardener Shecter Landscaping Inc. MI Apr 09, 2014 $27,861
Landscaper/Gardener Shecter Landscaping Inc. MI Apr 01, 2015 $27,861
Landscaper Gardener Shecter Landscaping Inc. Keego Harbor, MI Apr 27, 2016 $27,861
Landscape Gardener Sierra Land Services Owings, MD Jun 30, 2011 $27,423
Landscape Gardener Martin Nursery, LLP NJ Feb 10, 2011 $20,640
Landscape Gardener Elegant Lawn Care, Inc. PA Feb 15, 2012 $20,640
Landscape Gardener Perennial Nursery Inc. CA Mar 01, 2012 $20,620
Landscape Gardener H & R Landscpaing Inc. PA Feb 15, 2011 $20,536
Landscape Gardener Domenick Bulfamante, Inc. NY Apr 02, 2012 $20,515
Landscape Gardener JFJ Delgado's Landscaping NJ Mar 15, 2012 $20,515
Landscape Gardener Farmside Landscape & Design NJ Mar 01, 2011 $20,432
Landscape Gardener Sullivan's Irrigation Inc. TX Feb 02, 2011 $20,077
Landscape Gardener Landry's Lawn Service and Landscaping, L.L.C. LA Mar 01, 2012 $18,992
Landscape Gardener Finesse Landscape Design Inc. NY Mar 01, 2011 $18,950
Landscape Gardener Hofknecht's Horticultural Services Inc. NY Mar 01, 2011 $18,950
Landscape Gardener Frank Toscano Landscaping NY Mar 01, 2011 $18,950
Landscape Gardener John Gismondi Landscaping Inc. NY Mar 01, 2011 $18,950
Landscape Gardener Radical Roots NY Apr 01, 2011 $18,950
Landscape Gardener Summerhill Landscapes Inc. NY Mar 01, 2011 $18,950
Landscape Gardener Southland Gardens, Inc. NY May 01, 2011 $18,950

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Top Skills for A Landscape Gardener

  1. Vegetable Gardens
  2. Flower Beds
  3. Snow Removal
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed mechanical duties (fence building and truck maintenance) and chemical weed and pest control in flowerbeds and vegetable gardens.
  • Cut lawn using hand, power or riding mower and trim and edge around walks, flower beds, and walls.
  • Work irregular hours, including weekends and holidays, for snow removal.
  • General gardening duties, irrigation systems, light electrical repairs and general repairs.
  • Beautified and maintained parks throughout St. Louis by mowing lawns, spreading mulch and planting trees and shrubs on large properties.

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Top 10 Best States for Landscape Gardeners

  1. Vermont
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Colorado
  4. Michigan
  5. Minnesota
  6. Wisconsin
  7. North Dakota
  8. Maine
  9. Connecticut
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Landscape Gardener Demographics

Gender

Male

55.5%

Female

32.8%

Unknown

11.7%
Ethnicity

White

62.4%

Hispanic or Latino

19.9%

Black or African American

9.0%

Asian

5.2%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

82.9%

Irish

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Hmong

2.9%

Korean

2.9%

Italian

2.9%
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Landscape Gardener Education

Schools

The Academy

10.1%

University of New Hampshire

8.7%

University of Vermont

8.7%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

5.8%

Ohio University -

4.3%

Wayne State University

4.3%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

4.3%

Michigan State University

4.3%

Illinois State University

4.3%

Temple University

4.3%

Santa Rosa Junior College

4.3%

Cornell University

4.3%

University of Connecticut

4.3%

University of Michigan - Flint

4.3%

University of Phoenix

4.3%

Purdue University

4.3%

Cabrillo College

4.3%

Utah State University

4.3%

Norwich University

2.9%

Bard College

2.9%
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Majors

Business

12.3%

Plant Sciences

11.1%

Psychology

7.3%

Fine Arts

6.5%

Applied Horticulture

5.7%

Nursing

5.4%

Biology

4.6%

Criminal Justice

4.6%

Liberal Arts

4.6%

Environmental Science

4.2%

Graphic Design

4.2%

Education

3.8%

Music

3.8%

Kinesiology

3.4%

Accounting

3.4%

Computer Science

3.1%

General Studies

3.1%

English

3.1%

Marketing

3.1%

Agriculture

2.7%
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Degrees

Other

37.9%

Bachelors

35.9%

Associate

12.2%

Masters

5.5%

Certificate

5.1%

Diploma

2.2%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.4%
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