If you are looking for some professional help to create a stunning outdoor space, you may be wondering whose services it is you need – a gardener, landscaper or landscape designer? Many people mistakenly believe that these roles are one and the same – they’re not – and which one you need will depend on the skills you require to create the garden of your dreams.
So, what are the differences between a landscape designer, a landscape gardener and a gardener? Here’s a quick guide to who’s who in the world of professional gardening.
Gardeners are the green-fingered guys and girls who manage and maintain plants, lawns, beds and borders in private, public and commercial settings.
Their work might include digging, planting, weeding, lawn mowing, hedge trimming and other garden maintenance tasks.
Gardeners are perfect to employ when a green space is already established, but just needs a bit of maintenance and tidying up here and there. Experienced gardeners will also be able to advise what plants will work best in your garden and help you achieve the results you are after.
The landscape gardener
When your vision for your garden is more than just about the plants and includes structural elements, such as laying a stunning driveway, creating the perfect path, patio, decking, screening, pond and so forth, then it is the services of a professional landscape gardener you require.
Landscape gardeners operate at the heavy-duty end of the gardening spectrum, creating structures and hard landscaping that transforms your entire garden or defines specific areas of your space. Your landscape gardener will talk to you about the result you are wanting to achieve and then help you with any designs and in selecting the right landscaping materials and planting to achieve it.
Once the designs are agreed, your landscape gardener will put those plans into action to achieve the perfect garden landscape. Your landscape gardener’s team will set about transforming your garden using carefully chosen landscaping products and materials that will ensure the health and longevity of the garden from above and below the surface. They might use products that prepare the ground or aid irrigation and procure the right materials for treating lawns, establishing effective weed control and nourishing the soil, for example.
The landscape designer
Coming somewhere between the gardener and the landscape gardener is the garden or landscape designer. The landscape designer focusses on plans and designs for an outdoor space, be that a private garden, or a public or commercial setting. At the top level of this industry is the Landscape Designer / Architect, who will be educated to degree level in their field.
As well as having excellent knowledge of plants, ecosystems and outdoor spaces in general, they will be able to fully plan and specify the location and design of buildings, walkways, playgrounds and other features, as well as the planting requirements.
In addition to creating the overall concept, the landscape designer may project manage the entire programme of works, hiring both landscape gardeners and gardeners and specifying landscaping materials and products to achieve the results they desire.
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