They are responsible for growing and cultivating all types of plants like flowers, trees, shrubs and lawns in a variety of green spaces. These could be public parks, backyard or gardens. They are creative in many ways. A good example may be the trimming of the tall grasses or shrubs in a more animated and imaginative manner. They can also show their creativity in the landscapes by giving them a different design with many types of trees or grasses arranged in a distinctive manner.
Tools they use
They perform a lot of processes like digging, pruning, growing and harvesting. For each of the process they carry out, there is a specific tool used by them.
A plain household scissor is well enough to be used. A gardener uses it to cut the dead tips of a flower, herb or small vegetable such as pepper.
They are perfect tools for prying up weeds with taproots like dandelions. They are long, look like a notched screw driver and a fork. This structure makes it easy for them to penetrate the soil and remove weed roots deep from the ground.
This is a Japanese tool with a concave blade and a sharp end. It is used for transplanting, dividing perennials, slicing through sod,weeding and removing bonsai plants from pots.
They are small, lightweight and sharp enough to cut a sheep’s toe. They are used to prune woody perennials.
This is the most important of them all, when you need to water the plants and grass. Nowadays the technology has provided sprinkler jets, that spray water at a 360 degree radius.
Shovels are used for digging through hard soils and also for scooping out debris. It can either be used to plant some trees or used to clear out the planted area.
An usual tool used by them. It is used for cutting through tree trunks or woody stem of a plant. If used well it can also help shape the plants.
They use it for edging and weeding. It uses a back and forth motion making it easier to penetrate the top soil and root out the weeds.
To become a gardener there isn’t any specific qualifications to pursue. People can become one by gaining some first hand experience. Volunteering is one of the ways to gain experience. There are a lot of opportunities in the conservation parks and wildlife trusts. Another way around this is to study horticulture. This will inculcate great knowledge and skills towards starting a career in it.
Speaking in terms of business, there aren’t any sub-divisions in this role. It is just a single role in a single green space, using the above mentioned tools.
There are certain scenarios when they are wanted.
Firstly, when the plants need some trimming or designing, they have to be called for. This is a time where, the plants and trees grow out of hand into irregular shapes spoiling the beauty of the garden.
The second scenario is, they are also called when new plants or shrubs have to be planted in the field. This is no easy task and only they who have experience in handling the soil can do it.
They are also called at a time when there is too much of flooding due to heavy rains. This is a time when all the plants and shrubs will get destroyed when the topsoil washes off. Only they can do their magic using their knowledge on gardening to make sure the soil stays strong enough to hold the plants. If it cannot be prevented they can redesign the entire green space as new again.
Here there are two scenarios as to why they are needed.
They are required to do the job because we people might have no time at all to do the work. In the tight and busy schedule, we always need someone to look after our garden. This could be a small field in the backyard or a public park. For public parks, the government or private sector will employ a professional to take care of it. They will stay near the park making it easy for them to commute between the places and also attend to the park whenever required.
The next case is when people do not have any knowledge about planting and harvesting but own a field. Gardeners come into play here helping out to build and design it. They work closely with clients, taking careful consideration of the client’s requirements and plan a layout of it.