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Are gardeners the same as landscapers?
Gardeners are not the same as landscapers, though there is quite a bit of overlap. Landscape architects work in the same field as building architects and interior designers: They figure out what to do with raw space. Landscape architects do need to complete a degree program and exam. Landscape designers don’t necessarily have to have a degree, but the better ones generally have professional certifications or accreditations. They design smaller projects, but they do not typically install and plant them. Some landscape contractors perform the installation/planting/upkeep functions, which is part of the function of a gardener.
What are the most common services offered by gardeners?
The most common services offered by gardeners include lawn care (mowing and watering), raking and debris cleanup, weeding and planting, fertilizing and mulching, and pest control.
Is a degree in horticulture required to be a gardener?
A degree in horticulture is not required to be a gardener. Those with horticulture degrees are more likely to get managerial positions, and are usually better qualified for specialized fields such as running a restaurant group’s vegetable garden or working within a horticulture therapy program.
What is a master gardener?
The master gardener designation is a volunteer certification, not a post-graduate degree, though it’s typically offered via university extension. Programs are designed to provide a research-based, in-depth education that encompasses entomology, plant pathology, and botany. Unlike degree programs, the master gardener programs typically cost very little, and after completing them, people are expected to “pay it forward” by volunteering in community roles and public education projects.
Do gardeners receive special education or certification?
Not all gardeners receive special education, certification or training. However, many opt to get a degree in horticulture or landscaping, and gardeners who want to set up their own business or work with commercial clients also often attain certifications in specific topics. The most stringent rules are around pesticides: Gardeners who apply pesticides are typically required to get special training and certification or licenses. Exact laws vary by state.
How much does landscape design cost?
The cost of landscape design varies depending on the scope of the project. Expect to pay anywhere from $2,000 to upward of $11,000 for the initial design. The cost of purchasing and installing the necessary elements can cost from $11-$17 per square foot.
What maintenance services do landscape designers provide?
Many landscape designers provide maintenance services that can help keep landscape looking neat and attractive. These maintenance services might include hand pruning of ornamental shrubs, insect and disease control, weed management, tree trimming, mowing, fertilization, and leaf removal.
What's the difference between landscape design and landscape installation?
Landscape design is the process of designing the look of the outdoor space that is being enhanced. Landscape installation is the process of installing all the elements needed to make the design a reality.
What factors should be considered when choosing a landscape designer?
When choosing a landscape designer, it's essential to select one whose design style matches your tastes, and evaluating a landscape designer's portfolio of previously completed projects will offer insight in this area. An n experienced landscape designer will have the background necessary to navigate unexpected challenges that may crop up during the project. Select a landscape designer who is licensed, bonded and insured. If you prefer organic gardening, choose a landscape designer whose practices are in line with this philosophy.
How long does it take to complete and implement a landscape design?
The size of the project plays a role, and larger landscape design projects will take longer to complete. Once the initial site visit has been made, it can take up to four weeks for the landscaping professional to complete the design. After the design has been prepared, it can take up to three weeks for the installation to be completed. Any alterations made along the way will lengthen the process.