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What is Landscape Management?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 17, 2024
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Landscape management is the process of overseeing the design, creation, and maintenance of a landscaping project. The actual process may involve providing services to individuals or businesses or even to parks, wildlife preserves, or governments who maintain protected areas of forest. In all forms, landscape management seeks to effectively care for the landscape while complying with the wishes of the client.

One of the most basic types of landscape management has to do with maintaining residential yards. In this application, the management process involves providing effective lawn care. This can involve such tasks as planting trees and shrubs, treating the grass and soil so the groundcover is healthy and uniform, and using a diverse mix of design elements to create a pleasing appearance for the property. Contractors and landscapers who focus on residential clients normally also provide ongoing lawn maintenance, such as cutting the grass and trimming shrubbery.

In like manner, landscape management may focus on creating and maintaining a landscape design around office buildings or corporate campuses. Many of the same skills and techniques employed with a residential property can also be used effectively with commercial properties of this type. The scale of the work is normally much broader than with residential customers and may require a larger crew to maintain the design properly.

While landscape management for homes and businesses may require nothing more than a working knowledge of flora and fauna along with an eye for detail and design, choosing to be involved in the maintenance of forests and other wooded areas is somewhat more complex. For this reason, professionals who choose to enter landscape management of this kind often have completed degree programs related to forestry and agriculture. They will be familiar with tree seeding processes, irrigation techniques and be mindful of cultivating the general landscape in a manner that will not disturb local wildlife.

In all its forms, landscape management can be extremely rewarding. Like any creative endeavor, landscaping requires the ability to visualize the completed work even when the current condition of the land is far from the vision. The ability to work with land that has little to no visual appeal or purpose and to be able to carve out an environment that is pleasant to the eye and also serves practical purposes requires a great deal of time, commitment, and skill. For this reason, people who go into landscape management often spend years preparing for their work, combining formal instruction with practical training in an apprentice situation.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum , Writer
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including WiseGEEK, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.

Discussion Comments

By GenevaMech — On Mar 02, 2011

@ Submariner- Some of the most well known landscape architects completed their graduate studies at Harvard's graduate school of design. They have one of the world’s most well known landscape architecture programs. This school has graduated LAs like Thomas Church and Hideo Sasaki. In the case of Thomas Church, the father of the California garden style, he took up undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley.

Both of these schools are selective, Harvard being very selective...obviously, but if you dream of being one of the best, you may want to consider them.

By submariner — On Feb 27, 2011

What are good schools for getting into professional landscape management? I am interested in garden design, and would like to design courtyards for corporate office buildings and headquarters. I am looking for the best way to get my foot in the door at a large landscape architecture firm.

By FrameMaker — On Feb 26, 2011

I am taking a contemporary landscape architecture class, and I never knew there was so much involved in garden landscaping. The design process can be very involved, and there are a number of styles of gardens. I always thought of a garden as an organic project that was just designed on a whim, but some of the gardens that we study is years in the making. It takes a true professional to design some of these gardens, and to manage them for decade’s takes skilled landscape managers.

Malcolm Tatum

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