There’s a lot of confusion around gardening, with landscape gardeners, garden designers and regular gardeners all falling under the umbrella term, ‘gardener’. Even I can be called a gardener when I take the time to pot my plants – albeit an amateur!
If you’ve got a gardening job that you’d like help with, the first step is working out what type of gardener you really need. You don’t want to waste both yours and the gardener’s time by approaching the wrong one.
A regular gardener (sometimes called a labour only or maintenance gardener) will deal solely with the practical aspects of your garden. They will carry out maintenance jobs such as mowing your lawn, trimming your hedges and raking leaves.
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A landscape gardener will also do this for you but this is really the secondary stage to their job. Their work begins at the planning and designing stage, as they consult with you about what you’d like from your garden and come up with a design that’s achievable and that you’ll be happy with. Maybe you’ve got your heart set on step installation or a pretty little water feature.
They use their specialist knowledge on the climate and make judgements about what will and won’t work, according to your water source, the nature of your ground and other existing characteristics of your garden – including how the back of your property leads into this space.
Once they’ve brought your garden to life, they’ll also come up with a maintenance plan for you (and/or them) so that your garden will stay looking lovely all year round! Garden designers are exactly the same, only their initial focus will be on planting and how to design the garden around the needs of plants. Landscape gardeners prefer to begin with the space itself and work by fitting other plants into this design for the same outcome.
Of course, there are some jobs that don’t require an extensive garden revamp but will still require a landscape gardener or garden designer over a regular gardener. For instance, soil irrigation and installing a fence are more specialist jobs which need the gardener to be knowledgeable about the groundwork involved. Because of the time spent planning as well as making your garden come to life practically, you can expect to pay more for their time.
Could you do with a professional maintenance gardener or landscape gardener to make your garden come to life? Post your job here and try to be as clear as possible about the service that you need, in order to find the right gardener for you!