Commercial landscaping involves much more than planting trees and grasses. In the commercial world, keeping to the required timing plan is essential. This is especially the case when working with large commercial construction companies with strict deadlines and millions of dollars of materials on the commercial sites.
What is commercial landscaping?
Commercial landscaping is landscape construction primarily for commercial properties and public spaces. In some cases it may also involve landscape design or it may require working with a landscape architect instead.
What skills does a commercial landscaper need in this field?
These landscapers needs to be skilled at reading and interpreting building plans, project management, people management and material estimation. In addition to this the landscaper needs to have a thorough understanding of horticulture, concrete construction and the principles of landscape design. It is also important to have spatial skills and artistic flair in order to convert what is seen on a 2D drawing into a real commercial landscape.
To achieve the required aims in this landscaping field detailed planning is essential. This involves working with subcontractors such as form workers, concreters and horticulturist to the ensure everyone knows and meets the work schedule. Working in commercial landscaping also requires an eye for detail. When working with the local councils or other local authorities, the drawings are provided by the landscape architect. There is a great deal of skill for the commercial landscaper to interpret the drawings and ensure an accurate high-quality interpretation of the landscape architect is brought into fruition.
What are the properties commercial landscapers develop?
These landscapers work on landscaping projects as diverse as office buildings, hotels, apartment buildings, factories, and public spaces around community infrastructure. Professional landscaping is also used around freeways and railway lines.
What else is important in this type of landscaping?
Landscapers need to be aware of their responsibilities to protect the environment and maintain a safe workplace as well as a safe facility for clients and members of the public. The quality of materials brought onto the work site as well as disposal of material from the site is important. These landscapers need to be true allrounders. As well as the horticulture, project management and commercial skills, the landscaper will need to have excellent knowledge of drainage and heavy duty irrigation systems.
What is a public space?
Public spaces are often parks, and also includes streetscapes, public squares and shopping centres regardless of who owns the property. An urban or rural outdoor place designed to produce benefit for the public.
What Landscaping Materials are used?
In this field the materials used can be quite different to residential landscaping. Public space landscaping often uses soft rubber surfacing, in-situ concreting and alternating coloured exposed aggregate concrete.
Where can I study to become a landscaper?
In Melbourne landscaping can be studied at Holmesglen. A Melbourne suburb near Glen Waverley.
The Certificate 3 course in Landscape Construction provides skills in areas including building with concrete, with brick, and with block or stone. Important landscaping skills include constructing paving, installing drainage systems, and building different types of retaining walls. Students also learn about plant health and topsoil structure.