Landscaper and landscape contractor are often used interchangeably. However, do they really mean the same thing? Most times, the answer is no. So, what are the differences? How would you, the consumer, know which one to call for the service that you need? Let’s take a look at both and compare the similarities and the differences.
The word, “landscaper”, is a very generic term for any individual who works in the landscaping industry. A landscaper can be someone who performs lawn maintenance. A landscaper could also be someone who completes a complete landscape installation including plants, trees and sod. There are no official requirements to be a landscaper. Practically anyone can be labeled a landscaper if they perform any type of landscape work.
However, to be a landscape contractor, the individual must have met a set of criteria set forth by the state’s governing body. In North Carolina, all landscape contractors are governed by the North Carolina Landscape Contractors’ Board (NCLCB).
To become a licensed landscape contractor, an individual must apply and pass the contractor’s exam (which tests the applicant’s knowledge of all facets of the landscape industry including plantings, irrigation, lighting, etc.) as well as carry a $10,000 surety bond. Upon passing the exam, the individual is granted a license for the year in which they are applying. In order to maintain their licensure, the contractor must have at least 7 hours of continuing education annually.
The NCLCB aspires to help regulate the landscape industry by creating and maintaining a minimum standard of expectations. By setting a standard, the homeowner is more protected and can feel assured that they are getting the highest quality of service, knowledge and experience for their project. For more information on NCLCB, check out their website – https://nclclb.com.
Anyone can be a landscaper, but only those who have the education and experience can be a landscape contractor.
Grantlin Landscape Services, Inc. is a licensed landscape contractor. Call us today for your next project!