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What is the difference between a Gardener and a Landscaper?

Landscapers often describe gardeners as 'plantsmen' because a gardener is focused on the health and well being of plants whereas landscapers are typically involved in outdoor building work such as driveways, patios, walls etc - 'hard' landscaping.

A good gardener will know what to prune, when to prune and how to prune. A gardener will also identify pests and diseases, apply feeds and herbicides, monitor the weather and adjust mower cutting heights accordingly. A seasoned gardener will know which plants thrive locally and where to buy good plants. A gardener is equipped for gardening whereas a landscaper is equipped for building.

Of course, there will always be some cross-over and a landscaper may also offer some garden maintenance. A landscaper may struggle to offer regular maintenance unless they have a separate dedicated maintenance team. Equally, a gardener will likely offer 'soft' landscaping such as fence repairs, applying decorative gravel and mulch, creating flower borders, planting advice and small landscaping projects. Some gardening partnerships or larger firms will have the skills and equipment to offer both gardening and landscaping services.


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