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In the world of landscaping, there are many “landscaping” terms that people throw around and use interchangeably, even though they have different meanings.

When someone uses the term “landscaper” or “gardener,” are these terms being correctly utilized? What is the difference between a “gardener” and a “landscape contractor” and what is the difference between a “landscape designer” and a “landscape architect?”

Over the next two articles, a number of these terms will be explained to help you better understand how to use each term correctly.

This week, we are going to focus on the terms “gardener,” “landscaper,” and “landscape contractor.”

What is a Gardener?

For the most part, a gardener will do grass maintenance to keep your lawn looking lush and green. A gardener may also take care of plants and make sure they are in good condition and can live properly under the current conditions though many lack the knowledge and experience to do this properly.  A gardener may also cut hedges and plant flowers or other small plants. Most often, a gardener is uninsured and unlicensed. To become a gardener, you do not need any formal training or education. Gardeners can only legally do small planting projects under $1,000 without being licensed.

What is a Landscaper? 

The term “landscaper” can actually be confusing and misleading since it means different things to different people.  Some people say “landscaper” and mean “gardener.”  Others say “landscaper” and actually mean “landscape contractor.” Since this term doesn’t have any clear definition, we try to steer clear of using it and focus on using the more descriptive terms “gardener” or “landscape contractor.”

What is a Landscape Contractor?

A landscape contractor specializes in outdoor construction projects.  Like all contractors, a landscape contractor is licensed, bonded, insured, and regulated by the California Contractor State License Board. To become a landscape contractor, one has to undergo training and an apprenticeship period.  Additionally, he or she must pass an extensive certification exam.

A landscape contractor utilizes both creative vision and specialized technology in order to engage in landscape and garden project planning.  A landscape contractor can also work in landscape management and lawn care.  A common goal for landscape contractors is to make your garden and surrounding areas beautiful environments to enjoy. They often work in collaboration with landscape designers, landscape architects, and general contractors to make sure your landscape is an ideal one for your home and family needs.

Here at McCabe’s Nursery and Landscaping in Temecula, we can perform any of these functions, based on your specific needs and desires.  Contact us any time to discuss your project.

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