Landscaping includes all visible features of the land. It accounts for plants, irrigation systems, retaining walls, pathways, pavement, garden sculptures, fences, arbors, lighting, water features, and even the house itself. Landscapers work among and alter these elements to improve the functionality and aesthetics of the space.
Most lawn care professionals in America refer to themselves by the broad term landscaper, regardless of their typical scope of work. Some landscapers only mow, prune, remove leaves, and plant flowers, which, we have noted, are traditional gardener tasks. Others perform comprehensive landscaping services, including design, installation, and maintenance of hardscaping, irrigation, lighting, and plants.
Landscaping creates solutions for the entire property. If you need to build a retaining wall, correct a drainage problem, install a flagstone pathway, add outdoor lighting or an irrigation system, or maintain the lawn, a landscaper can do it. The key to a successful hire is in matching the landscaper’s knowledge, skills, and experience with your individual needs.
Design, Installation, and Maintenance
Many landscapers offer professional design services by highly-trained landscape architects. Landscape designs are scale drawings that show the placement of existing and future trees, garden beds, buildings, hardscaping elements, and other garden features. They can also include overlays for irrigation and landscape lighting systems.
Landscape installers build the space according to design plans. Specialists in landscape lighting, irrigation, and water gardening have the technical expertise to design, install and maintain these sophisticated elements. Landscape maintenance technicians perform traditional gardening functions of caring for grass, trees, garden beds, and container gardens.