hard landscaper

hard landscaper

Job Description

A hard landscaper works on assembling man made objects and materials in landscape design.

This work can include laying patios, erecting fences, installing pavements, designing and installing water features and installing driveways.


Required NVQ

Red CSCS Card

NVQ Trainee

Green CSCS Card

NVQ Level 1

Blue CSCS Card

NVQ Level 2

Gold CSCS Card (Supervisors)

NVQ Level 3

Black CSCS Card (Managers)

NVQ Level 4

Why is this a Job for Me?

If you have a decent level of physical fitness, enjoy working outdoors and have creative flair.

Average Salary

£17,000 - £23,000

Required Skills

  • Must be physically fit - lots of heavy lifting and intricate work that requires stamina
  • Able to work accurately and efficiently - landscaping jobs are often time intensive
  • Creatively minded - particularly important once qualified and involved in planning
  • Wide variety of construction techniques - i.e brickwork/woodwork etc.
  • Good communication skills

Working Hours


Hard Landscapers can expect to work a 38-40 hour week, though this can be a very varied career according to weather conditions and the seasons.

Qualification Pathways


Hard Landscaping

Level 2 NVQ

Hard Landscaping

Career Progression

hard landscaper


Site Manager/Self employed


Patio laying

Create a patio surface for a landscape, using different materials including wet-cast concrete, hydraulically pressed concrete or natural stone.


Install wooden deck panels over soil covered by deck fabric. Turn this framework into an outdoor balustrade.


Construct a wooden fence by fixing timber panels and posts in concrete.


Lay pathways on excavated, compact and damp soil. These can be made from a range of different materials, including wood chips, gravel, mulch or cinder.


Dig a hole in the ground and insert either a pre-moulded pond or a liner for a multi-level structure. Use concrete and blockwork with much deeper digging for coy carp ponds.

Required PPE

Sturdy shoes with a protective toe box and non-slip soles

Hard hat

High-vis jacket


Odour masks

Required Tools


Perfect for shovelling rubble, digging trenches and mixing mortar and concrete.

Lump/club hammer

Ensure that walling and wooden posts are correctly installed with this specially sized hammer that provides enough force to help structures properly bed-in to the ground.

Pick Axe

Great for breaking up hard clay soils and using as a cutting tool for removing turf or creating edging in a garden. Also helps with levelling work by breaking up material that forms a mound.


Helps transport either large amounts of organic matter or materials and heavy tools across the construction site.

Hand Edger

Ideal for tidying up after you have finished a pathway or patio, this tool is placed around edges where grass meets with your work to create neater borders.


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