Landscaping Contractor Job Profile

Landscaping contractor jobs range from local businesses to big urban contact companies. Landscaping contractors and their work are closely related to the construction industry and architectural and/or landscape designers.

The Work Environment

There are various forms of landscaping contract work:

1.  Landscape Design

Many landscaping contractors are also qualified in design. They’ve either earned trade certificates incorporating design or gone through formal landscape design courses. This knowledge is inseparable from the work of the landscaping contractor, who must read design plans and deal with the issues on the plans.

Landscape design, which is a major commercial interest in the industry, is a natural part of the landscaping contractor’s business. Many landscaping contractors operate as advisers to clients as part of their roles.

2. Landscape Construction

This is the work that creates landscaping designs. It may involve the following:

  • Construction of a completely new set of landforms and features
  • Construction of gardens
  • Placement of retaining walls
  • Installation of drainage
  • Installation of water features
  • Tree planting
  • Turfing
  • Installation of fixed watering systems

Note: Some of this work may involve subcontracting, but the landscaping contractor has the primary responsibility for the work.

3. Landscape Remediation and Repair

A range of skills and tasks are involved in this work, and some of them include aspects of construction. It is common for landscaping contractors to repair or restore landscaping that has been affected by local conditions or subsidence or that requires management due to neglect.

4. Landscape Maintenance

This work includes many of the same sorts of skills and tasks as remediation and repair over time. Landscaping contractors maintain expensive features for owners or local governments. Landscaping contractors prune trees, remove noxious weeds, maintain grass and deal with any damage from disturbances such as storms. Depending on their contracts, landscaping contractors also remove hazards.

This is an extremely variable workload, and may include a very wide range of jobs and tasks on a daily basis. These are examples:

  • Earth moving
  • Terracing
  • Drain digging and installation
  • Construction of landscape features like retaining walls and garden beds
  • Turfing
  • Concreting
  • Setting up external area lighting
  • Installing or maintaining sprinkler or drip systems
  • Waste removal
  • Construction and installation of garden features like statues, windbreaks and privacy screens
  • Planting gardens and trees according to landscape plans

The types of work vary greatly depending on the size of the landscaping contractor’s business, but any or all of these functions are typical daily functions of a landscaping business.

Salary: Dependent on contract terms. Most landscaping contractors charge standardized commercial rates for their services.

Hours: Usually business hours for most types of work, but on construction projects, the time factor and contract requirements may result in long hours.

The Career Environment

Landscaping contractors are businesses, at whatever level they operate. The career dynamics of the industry are based on commercial contracts. Commercial success allows development of the technical and commercial capacities of the business. A small landscaping contractor business, with capital, can provide a lot more services and get much bigger contracts.

This also allows landscaping contractors to develop the design area of their work, which is a major cash-flow factor in the industry. Consultancies are major contracts that allow further commercial expansion, particularly in the construction industry.