How to Become a Landscaper

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While most of our discussions with our clients are about how to help them build their dream landscape for their home or business, they’re also curious about what exactly we do at Odyssey Landscapes and how we do it. 

That’s why in this post, we’re going to discuss the ins and outs of the landscaping business and some of the most common questions we get about the industry.

 

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Some of the things people wonder about the most are how to get a landscaping job, what the daily work entails, what kind of qualifications and certification a landscaper needs, and the different kinds of tasks that might be expected from you.  

What are the pros and cons of working in the landscaping business?

There are plenty of good reasons to start a career in landscaping. At Odyssey Landscapes, our favourite thing about the job is seeing the happy look on our clients’ faces when they see the finished product of our work. Seeing you go from a dream about what your landscape could like all the way through to the end of the process is a joy. 

But this isn’t the only thing we love about our jobs!

Getting to work outside is a big advantage. Even though you’re working, being out in the Australian sunshine is a much-preferred way to spend a day than behind a desk for most people. During these work hours, you also get to keep fit and active, and of course, you’ll get plenty of fresh air!

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Depending on the type of landscaping you intend to do and the area you want to serve, you may have a very short commute and require minimal tools. We serve the Sunshine Coast, and because we’re able to do major projects – no matter how detailed or complicated – we require major tools and equipment that a lot of beginner landscapers won’t have. 

There aren’t many cons to this industry, but if you’re physically unable to do the tasks at hand, it’s likely not the career for you. Although working outside is considering an advantage, it also means your day to day operations can be somewhat controlled by the weather. If it’s raining or there are heavy winds, for example, it might mean you’re unable to work for a period of time. Ultimately, this can not only push a project back but delay your income as well.

On that note, let’s get to our next question.

What kind of jobs does a landscaper do? 

Landscaping jobs can range from very simple tasks like mowing a lawn or picking weeds to more advanced projects like installing arbours, vertical gardens, and much more. 

To have a look at some of the jobs we do on a daily basis, take a look at our projects page. 

You’ll get to see some of the interesting things we get to do, like when we sourced and planted these two massive Phoenix Canariensis palms for clients in Ninderry. 

 

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Some of the jobs you might do as a landscaper include:

  • Lawn mowing and maintenance
  • Sod installation and hydroseeding
  • Weeding or fertilizing
  • Pest control application
  • Landscape care and maintenance services
  • Landscape design and contracting services
  • Landscape architecture services

During your career as a landscaper, you’ll tend to find yourself enjoying certain tasks more than others, so you may tailor your business according to what you enjoy the most. Your training and qualifications for landscaping can also affect the kinds of jobs you do. Generally, clients want to hire a business with a proven track record of good work and they want to be sure their landscapers know exactly what they’re doing and have been properly certified.

How can you become a landscaper? 

In many cases, landscapers are self-taught or they learn on the job as they go and move up through the ranks. For many people, learning through watching and practicing is the best. But if you intend to stick to jobs like mowing the lawn and basic gardening, you likely won’t need any education beyond a high school diploma to qualify. 

But if you plan on advancing your career and becoming a landscape designer or architect in Australia, you will typically need to be qualified in the industry before you can get a job. To do this, you can take landscape design courses to learn about the technical and creative aspects of the job. 

In Australia, many aspiring landscapers do their certification through ACS Distance Education. Their Certificate in Horticulture (Landscaping and Garden Design) program is 700 hours and it includes training in horticulture, garden design, and landscaping. 

We always encourage aspiring landscapers to get as much education as they can in their field. Not only does it open them up to a higher earning potential, but it also makes them eligible for more jobs and they’re better at their work, too! 

Many landscapers like to get a foot in the door and start out with a landscaping company so they can get work experience while they get their education to advance in their careers.  

What does a landscaper need to know? 

To get an idea of what a landscaper needs to know to do their job, you can take a look at some of the core course content a landscaping student will learn. 

Course content includes: 

  • Developing a detailed maintenance program for a garden
  • How to explain health and safety requirements on a landscape site
  • How to plan, design, and install a landscape
  • Plant culture, anatomy, and more
  • Soils and soil nutrition
  • How to describe the correct procedures for the proper removal of tree limbs
  • How to maintain a new landscape
  • Identifying and controlling pests/weeds
  • The history of landscaping
  • Design principles
  • Alternative techniques for establishing and growing plants
  • Preparing cost estimates for landscaping jobs and delivering them to clients

What kind of questions will a landscaper be asked during a job interview?

Interviewing for a new position can be stressful, but the more prepared you are, the more relaxed you can be. If you want to become a landscaper and you’re preparing yourself for an interview with a landscaping company, these are some of the questions you might be asked:

  • What kind of training/certification/education do you have?
  • What kind of equipment have you used? 
  • Are you comfortable working in all weather conditions?
  • Are you able to lift heavy materials?
  • What is your work experience?
  • Do you have a moderate fitness level and are you afraid of physical work? 

If you’re convinced landscaping is the perfect career for you, get in touch with us today! We’re always on the lookout for hard-working and passionate people to join our team. Since the creation of the company in 2015, we have quickly become a leader in the industry for quality landscapes and reliable service.

If you’d like to learn more about what we offer our employees as well as what we’re looking for when we hire new landscaping team members, click here. 

 

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