Whats the difference between a landscaper and a gardener?

Do I need a landscaper or a gardener?

Need work done in your garden? Wondering who to call? Let’s look at the difference between a landscaper and a gardener.

Within any industry there are a range of specialisations.  Take medicine for example, there are doctors, nurses, auxiliaries, paramedics, surgeons, heart specialists. I don’t need to carry on, suffice to say it’s complex.

Within the landscaping and gardening industry we also have a big range of skill sets and specialisations.  At Manor Landscapes, we are landscapers who also offer a grounds maintenance service. But we work closely with garden designers, arborists, surveyors, growers, structural engineers and many other brilliant people to make sure we do the best job possible.

landscaper creating patio with a decorative stone trim

A skilled landscaper at work laying a patio

Knowing that there are many specialists in the landscaping and garden industry doesn’t help answer your question. So what IS the difference between a landscaper and a gardener? And who should you call when you need help to tame your plot?

What Does A Gardener Do

Gardeners are great. They know exactly how to keep plants looking good and growing strongly.

Call a gardener if you need help with 

  • General tidying of beds and borders
  • Weeding
  • Pruning
  • Mulching
  • Planting
  • Treatments for plant pests and diseases

What Does A Landscaper Do?

Landscapers earn their living by building and renovating gardens.  They understand things like drainage, retaining walls, hard landscaping, turfing, garden structures, decking and more.

terraced garden on three levels with light grey cladding to retaining walls and verdant green planting on each level

This elegant garden with its patio, water feature, retaining walls and sturdy steps was build by Manor Landscapes. The work involved moving soil to recontour the garden, digging footings, building strong walls, plumbing in the water feature, and laying slabs.  Our client can now choose whether to look after the garden themselves or to ask a professional gardener to take care of the plants.


Call a landscaper if you need help with

  • Garden clearance – including removing old garden features
  • Brings garden designs to life
  • Driveway building
  • Creating raised beds
  • Making shed and greenhouse bases
  • Fencing
  • Laying paths
  • Building patios
  • Installing irrigation
  • Garden drainage
  • Tree planting
  • Planting up beds and borders
  • Advice and recommendations on garden design

For other types of help in the garden

Manor landscapes have many friends in this industry. If you’re in a pickle with garden related matters, and you don’t know who to ask for help, you can always phone and ask us for advice.  We are happy to recommend reputable specialists who will be able to help you out.

The Association of Professional Landscapers has an online directory of gardeners and landscapers and garden designers – visit their website to search for reputable industry professionals.  

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