Lawn Care vs. Landscaping: What’s The Difference?

Some people may not know the difference between a landscaper and a lawn care professional, and that is probably because most people use the two terms interchangeably. In fact, when dealing with lawn care services and landscaping services, most companies offer both. So are there companies that offer just lawn care services? Sure. There are companies that just offer services that would fall under one of the three categories: lawn care, lawn maintenance, and landscaping.

You can think about lawn care as improving on the existing yard without dramatically changing its layout or structure. A lawn care company will fertilize, replace sod, perform pest control, and seed. They do other things, but these are just a few examples. A lawn maintenance company also takes care of the existing yard, but by mowing, trimming, and weed eating. To muddy the waters even further, most lawn care companies perform both sets of services. So should lawn care include lawn maintenance and vice versa? The best person to answer that question is you. If your company falls strictly under lawn care, then you have a lawn care company. If you only mow, trim, and weed eat, then consider yourself a lawn maintenance company.

Landscaping, on the other hand, can be characterized by the transformation of an outdoor space either by planting, construction, or rearranging. If you fall into this category, then you have probably planted hundreds of plants, shrubs, and/or trees, while knowing the common and Latin names of them all. Most professions within landscaping require at the very least, ample experience within the green industry. Some even require an array of formal education. I’ve recently published another article concerning landscaping professions, and you can view it here.

I hope this article has shed some light on the differences between lawn and landscape businesses. Please feel free to comment and let me know if this article has helped you in any way.

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