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What Does a Landscaper Do?

Landscapers create outdoor scenes for public and private areas. They may design the settings themselves, utilizing greenery, cement, rocks, water, and other materials to construct a beautiful and functional outdoor space, or they may work with a landscape architect and follow the architect’s designs for installation and placement of the scenery. The term “landscaper” is often used interchangeably with “groundskeeper” or “gardener,” but the positions are actually different. A groundskeeper or gardener maintains existing outdoor areas, including raking and mowing the grass, planting and trimming bushes and flowers, mulching and weeding the landscape beds, spreading fertilizers, and other tasks related to the proper upkeep of an outdoor area. A landscaper may stay on with a project to maintain the space, but they generally focus on the construction and installation of the scene.