The landscaping invoice is used to be paid for outdoor maintenance and cleanup. Depending on the arrangement between the landscaper and the client, the amount paid can be on a per-job or per-hour ($/hr) basis.
Table of Contents
- What Does a Landscaper Do?
- Landscaper Certifications
- Residential Landscaper vs. Commercial Landscaper
- Landscaper Salary & Hourly Pay ($/hr)
A landscaper may offer limited or full-service lawn care management. This may include, but is not limited to, lawn mowing, raking, edging, gardening, mulching, cutting bushes and hedges, and any other requests related to the grounds of the property.
In the northern regions of the USA, some landscapers provide fall and winter care for the lawn and preparations for spring. Additionally, the landscaper may also provide snow removal services during the winter months. In order to cut the best deal, try to get as many services to package at a wholesale price.
A landscaper seeking to improve their knowledge and exhibit credentials of lawn care know-how may use one (1) of the following associations to seek an official certification:
The NALP is a nationally recognized organization promoting professional practices of lawn care management. This is important for lawn care specialists with responsibilities over high-end clients such as golf courses, luxury real estate, and other related property. The association offers two (2) certifications:
- Lawn Care Manager: Certification is provided by the University of Georgia. The online course is 120 hours and costs between $319 to $379.
- Lawn Care Technician: Study the materials on your own and take the online test when ready. The cost for testing is $400 ($300 for members).
The association is a nationally recognized organization related to the proper irrigation of lawns, mostly involving golf courses. They offer six (6) certifications:
- Irrigation Designer: Recommended at least 2-3 years of experience. No study materials. Four (4) hour exam, 150 questions, $495 exam fee ($250 for members).
- Irrigation Technician: Recommended 1,000 hours to study. Three (3) hour exam, 100 questions, and $300 fee ($175 for members).
- Landscaper Irrigation Auditor: Recommended one (1) year of experience. Three (3) hour exam, 125 questions, and $495 fee ($250 for members)
- Golf Irrigation Auditor: Recommended one (1) year experience. Three (3) hour exam, 125 questions, and $495 fee ($250 for members).
- Irrigation Contractor: Recommended three (3) years of experience. Three and a half (3.5) hour exam, 150 questions, $495 fee ($250 for members).
- Irrigation Designer: Recommended three (3) years of experience. Four (4) hour exam, 150 questions, and $495 fee ($250 for members).
- Landscape Water Manager: Recommended three (3) years of experience. Four (4) hour exam, 150 questions, and $495 fee ($250 for members).
Whether the property is residential or commercial, a landscaper’s duties are to tend to the grounds. The main difference is that a residential landscaper tends to put more time and care into beautifying the property, whereas a commercial property may only need the “bare necessities” to look presentable. Commercial clients often opt for a landscaping contract where the grounds must be maintained on a recurring basis (e.g., daily, weekly, bi-weekly, etc.).
- Property is serviced 4-14 days.
- For smaller properties (1-3 acres).
- Offer extensive to minimal services, most often times extensive.
- Contract not required.
- Payments made per job.
- Personal relationship with the landscaper.
- Property is serviced every 4-7 days.
- For larger properties (3+ acres).
- Offer extensive to minimal services, most often times minimal.
- Contract commonly required.
- Payments made on a recurring basis (.e.g weekly, monthly, etc.).
- No personal relationship with the landscaper. If a property manager is in charge, the landscaper may be hired as a subcontractor.
Salary: $26,601 (source: glassdoor)
Hourly Rate: $12.79 (source: payscale)