Gardener trims a bush using large pruning shears

Gardener

Grow and tend plants and flowers in gardens and parks.

Overview

Gardeners plant, care for and maintain lawns, shrubs, trees and flowers. They look after the landscaping and structural elements of the garden and often design gardens or outdoor spaces.

Work is in private gardens at people's homes, at commercial locations or in public parks and gardens.

Suitable for people with an affinity for nature and working the land. Knowledge of plant species and the conditions required for each to thrive is important.

Day-to-day

  • prepare and maintain seed and garden beds
  • propagate and plant trees, bushes, hedges, flowers and bulbs
  • plant grass and lay turf
  • maintain grassed areas through weeding, trimming, fertilising, watering and mowing
  • prune trees and hedges
  • attend to landscaped and paved areas such walls, fences, gravel, pergolas, ponds, barbecues and garden furniture
  • examine trees to assess their condition and determine treatment
  • shape branches using chain or handsaws
  • spray plants and trees to control insects and disease.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

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$1,078 / week
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Moderate
Apprenticeships may be available

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