Landscaper Job Description
Landscapers maintain and landscape property grounds by planing trees, flowers, and shrubs. They also mow grass, and trim, mulch, and fertilize plants.
Some landscapers perform other types of work as well. For example, some install sprinkler systems and lighting structures, and others build structures like decks and patios.
Landscapers use a variety of power tools and hand equipment on the job. Mowers, trimmers, small tractors, and leaf blowers are examples of some of the equipment that landscapers use on the job.
Landscapers are exposed to many potential dangers, and injuries are very common in this profession. Workers who handle chemicals and motorized equipment have to take many precautions to keep themselves safe while working.
Landscapers do all of their work outside, and often have to work in very uncomfortable conditions. The work can be very strenuous, and normally involves a lot of bending and lifting. Even though motorized equipment reduces the physical strain, this is still a physically exhausting occupation.
In some places, the work that landscapers do can be very seasonal. In cold climates, there is little work for landscapers for much of the year when there is snow on the ground or it’s too cold for grass or plants to grow. In these cases, landscapers often work very long overtime hours during the warmer months to compensate for the off season.
How to Become a Landscaper
Most landscapers are trained on the job. Though there are no formal education requirements for most positions in this field, some employers require their landscapers to have formal education in a related field like arboriculture, horticulture, or landscape design.
The nature of on the job training required for landscaper positions varies depending on the type of work performed. Landscapers who perform basic work in residential areas normally go through a very brief training period, where they learn how to perform a few basic tasks, while training can be extensive for those who work at places like golf courses, large public parks, or other places where the work requires additional skills or knowledge.
Some landscapers are trained in small engine repair, and training is sometimes supplemented with formal educational courses in related subjects.
Landscapers who use pesticides usually need to be licensed. Becoming licensed requires the completion of an exam that covers how to safely use and dispose of herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. Training for the licensing exam can be provided on the job or through a formal class.
Landscapers should be in good physical condition and able to work on their feet for long periods of time.
There are currently 1,151,500 landscapers in the United States, with 44,440 new landscaper job openings created each year.
Landscaper jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.
Landscaper salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most landscapers make between $19,300 – $29,700 per year, or $9.28 – $14.29 per hour.