Gardeners ensure that gardens, lawns, shrubs and trees are healthy, well maintained and attractively designed. The main aim of a garden is to create a peaceful mood, a positive first impression and to increase the property value.

Gardener work mainly outside and are responsible for the establishment, maintenance and decoration of gardens and parks. Their tasks include: clearing areas for planting; ploughing or digging beds; planting of seedlings; watering seedlings and older plants regularly; pulling out weeds; applying weed killer, fertiliser, soil nutrients and pesticides; mowing of lawns; pruning, trimming and edging.

They may apply mulch for the protection of plants or build retaining walls, install patios and terraced hillsides. They need to know about soils, pests and plant disease control.

Personal Requirements

  • love plants, trees and gardens
  • good health and physical strength
  • willing to work outdoors in all types of weather
  • prepared to get dirty
  • hardworking, reliable and honest
  • able to operate machines such as lawnmowers and bush cutters


  • private homeowners
  • schools
  • shopping malls and office blocks with gardens
  • municipalities
  • botanical gardens
  • garden-service undertakings
  • large institutions

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