Landscape Gardeners plan, maintain and develop gardens, parks and landscapes. They may also assist in cultivating plants, trees and other vegetation. They must have knowledge of a wide variety of plant life, soil, and ecological factors.
Duties and tasks
- Construct or assemble garden or park additions including pathways, walls, fences, pools, furniture, barbeques, etc.
- Create layout of planned area, select desired plants, trees and flowers according to clients preferences and arrange construction process
- Maintain parks and gardens by watering area manually or through irrigation systems, spreading fertiliser, trimming plants, cutting back trees, building protective barriers and removing unwanted plants or objects
- Monitor plant and tree growth and set up plants in appropriate conditions to facilitate healthy growth
- Plant trees, shrubs, flowers and seed or lay grass according to area design
- Prep gardens or planting areas by laying top soil, nutrients or fertiliser and clearing land of rocks, weeds and other objects
- Provide nutrient supplements and insect control sprays to plant life
- Critical Thinking Skills
- Organisational Skills
- Problem Solving Abilities
- Strong Attention to Detail
- Visual and Spatial Creativity
Working conditionsLandscape Gardeners typically work a Monday to Friday work week but may be required to work weekends to work on specific projects or meet deadlines. They may spend some of their time in a small office setting performing administrative tasks, but spend the majority of time maintaining or overseeing construction of landscape areas.
Professional associations / Industry informationAustralian Institute of Horticulture Inc
Australian institute of landscape architects
Related jobs and job titles
- General Gardener
- Horticultural Assistant
- Horticultural Tradesperson
- Landscape Architect