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.
Red CSCS Card
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
- 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
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.
Level 2 NVQ
Site Manager/Self employed
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.
Sturdy shoes with a protective toe box and non-slip soles
Perfect for shovelling rubble, digging trenches and mixing mortar and concrete.
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.
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.
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.