A landscape business offers products and services to clients that involve planting and caring for trees, shrubs, flowers, ground covers and grass. Some landscape businesses also offer design and implementation services for sidewalks, walkways, decks, retaining walls, patios, lighting and other external design elements outside of a building.
Type of Projects
Typical landscape projects that a landscaping business may handle include residential yard and estate care, maintaining public and private school grounds, parks, recreation sites and street landscapes. More commercial landscape projects may involve civic center landscapes and waterfronts, business courtyards and golf courses.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, landscape businesses are in high demand. Some people simply don't have the skill and experience to design and maintain their lawn, bushes and flower gardens. Others simply don't have the time so they are willing to pay for a landscape service to do it for them. Business and commercial properties would rather hire a contractor to maintain the property than have the expense of a full-time or even part-time employee, so it's a win-win situation for someone who owns or wants to open a landscape business.
Skills Required to Be a Landscaper
Being a landscaper is more about your desire and enjoyment to work with plants and in the great outdoors. Some have the natural talent and artist's eye for design, but there isn't any special degree, education or experience required to break into and succeed in a landscape business. It also requires a minimum investment to start your own landscape business.
Business Start-up Needs
You can start a landscape business for less than a $500 initial investment. You may already own some of the supplies you'll need, which can save you even more in start-up costs. You may need to purchase other items you don't already have. To get started, you need a lawnmower, shovels, clippers, weeder, edger and leaf blower. You'll need a truck, van or form of transportation that carries all of your supplies, as well as some business cards.
There are landscape design classes you can take at your local garden center, community college or online. These classes help landscape designers learn the newest techniques and latest trends in designing beautiful and functional landscapes. Even experienced landscapers can benefit from a refresher course where they can learn from fellow landscapers.