Landscape Technician

Job Description:

A Landscape Technician assists in landscaping projects by planting, maintaining, and caring for plants and outdoor spaces, often working under the direction of a Landscape Supervisor or Manager.

Job Category:
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing

What you will do:

You will need:

  • Planting trees, shrubs, flowers, and other vegetation according to design plans
  • Preparing soil for planting by amending, cultivating, and ensuring proper drainage
  • Performing routine maintenance tasks such as watering, weeding, pruning, and fertilising plants
  • Applying mulch to conserve moisture, control weeds, and improve soil quality
  • Installing, maintaining, and operating irrigation systems to ensure proper watering
  • Identifying and addressing common pests and diseases affecting plants
  • Operating and maintaining landscaping equipment and tools
  • Assisting in the installation of hardscape elements like pathways, retaining walls, and patios
  • Adhering to safety protocols and regulations when using equipment and working outdoors
  • Collaborating with landscaping crews and supervisors to complete tasks efficiently
  • Interacting with clients when necessary and providing updates on maintenance activities
  • Adapting tasks to different seasons and weather conditions
  • Participating in eco-friendly landscaping practices, such as recycling and composting
  • Maintaining records of work activities, plant care, and equipment usage
  • Ensuring landscaping tools and machinery are in good working order


You will need:

  • knowledge in plant care and plant identification
  • proficiency in pruning, fertilisation, mulching, and other horticultural practices
  • familiarity with irrigation systems and techniques
  • knowledge in soil management and pest control
  • knowledge in operating and maintaining landscaping equipment and tools safely and effectively
  • knowledge of safety regulations and environmental sustainability practices

As well as:

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Entry Requirements:

While specific GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) subjects are not mandatory for becoming a Landscape Technician, the following subjects can provide a strong foundation for the skills and knowledge required:

  1. Science (Biology): Offers an understanding of plant biology, ecosystems, and soil science, which are fundamental to landscaping.
  2. Mathematics: Enhances your ability to perform calculations, measurements, and budgeting, important in landscaping tasks.
  3. Design and Technology: Provides valuable skills related to design, planning, and construction, which are relevant to landscaping projects.
  4. Geography: Offers insights into environmental and geographical factors that can impact landscaping.
  5. English: Develops communication skills, which are crucial for working with teams and occasionally interacting with clients.

While these subjects can be beneficial, practical experience, formal education in horticulture or landscaping, and relevant certifications often play a more significant role in preparing for a career as a Landscape Technician. Consider pursuing A-levels or vocational qualifications related to horticulture or landscaping for more specialised education in this field.

To become a Landscape Technician, you typically need the following qualifications and requirements:


While not always mandatory, a high school diploma or equivalent is beneficial. Some employers may prefer candidates with formal education in horticulture, landscape management, or a related field.

Hands-On Experience

Gain practical experience in landscaping through entry-level positions like Landscape Laborer, Groundskeeper, or similar roles.

On-the-Job Training

Learn essential skills such as plant care, soil management, irrigation, equipment operation, and safety protocols through on-the-job training.

Certifications (Optional)

Consider obtaining certifications like Certified Landscape Technician (CLT) to demonstrate expertise and enhance qualifications.

Physical Fitness

Maintain good physical health and endurance, as landscaping often involves manual labor and outdoor work.

Working Hours and Environment:

Landscape Technicians typically work regular business hours, with seasonal variations, performing outdoor tasks at client locations, which may include physical labor and occasional overtime during peak seasons.

Career Path & Progression:

The typical career path of a Landscape Technician involves starting in entry-level positions, gaining experience and skills, potentially specialising, and advancing to supervisory roles with experience and continued learning.