The Difference Between Landscapers and Landscape Designers

Published on: October 30, 2018

When you look up landscapers for your area, you will most likely find pages of options. However, there are landscaping companies and landscape designers, with a big difference between the two. Before you begin searching for someone to help you with your landscaping, you should know what type of landscaper you need. Here are the main differences between landscape designers and basic landscapers.


Anyone who mows lawns can call themselves a landscaper. Lawn maintenance is the basic service that landscapers offer. This includes mowing, edging, seeding, fertilizer and caring for your lawn. Most landscapers also do some planting, weeding, pruning and other yard care. This is considered “soft-scaping” which involves plants and soil, not building hardscapes from rock, brick or other supplies.

Landscape Designers

Landscape designers offer more services than basic landscapers. While they may offer lawn and yard maintenance as one of their services, they also can build and design new landscapes. This often includes hardscapes such as retaining walls, fences, patios, fire pits and water features. Plus, more than just builders, the talent is in their design capacity. Like an interior designer, they coordinate the placement of different elements to create a style for your landscape, not just random features and plants.

If all you need is someone to mow your lawn, almost any landscaper can do the job. However, if you are planning to renovate or upgrade your landscaping, you want a landscape designer that can help you create a yard and outdoor space that fits your style and tastes. Make sure to find an experienced landscape design company with great testimonials and references for your landscaping needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

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