Profession garden labourer

Garden labourers perform simple and routine tasks in operations to cultivate and maintain trees, shrubs, flowers and other plants in parks and private gardens, to produce saplings, bulbs and seeds, or grow vegetables and flowers by intensive cultivation techniques.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Related professions horticulture, gardening

  • First line supervisor horticultural nursery gardeners
  • Floral arranger
  • Flower binder
  • Garden architect
  • Gardener (cemetery)
  • Gardener (public parks)
  • Gardener, all other
  • Greenkeeper sports grounds
  • Groundsman
  • Head groundsman
  • Horticultural grower
  • Horticultural technician
  • Horticultural worker
  • Landscape architect

Knowledge

  • Watering principles

    Methods, principles and systems for supplying water to land or crops by means of pipes, sprinklers, ditches or streams.

  • Plant species

    The variety of plants, trees and shrubs and their special characteristics. 

  • Pest control in plants

    Types and features of pests in plants and crops. Different kinds of pest control methods, activities using conventional or biological methods taking into account the type of plant or crop, environmental and climate conditions and health and safety regulations. Storage and handling of products.

  • Soil structure

    Diversity of soil elements and types of soil in relation to plant growth.

  • Plant propagation

    Types of different propagation methods, materials and seeds and their criteria for health and quality.

Skills

  • Propagate plants

    Carry out propagation activities by appling appropriate propagation methods such as grafted cutting propagation or generative propagation considering the plant type. Carry out propagation control considering the required terms and conditions for specific plant type.

  • Grow plants

    Carry out plant growing activities. Carry out grow control considering the required terms and conditions for specific plant type.

  • Maintain turf and grass

    Establish and maintain fine turf, grassed fields, and synthetic surfaces for sports events. Ensure a pleasant appearance of the property grounds.

  • Plant green plants

    Plant seeds manually or by using ground equipment.

  • Prepare the ground

    Prepare the ground for laying turf or seeding by clearing the area, choosing the optimal soil, choosing the ground deepness and the appropriate fertilisers.

  • Nurse plants

    Determine the need for nursing activities and carry out nursing by cultivating, maintaining, watering and spraying the plants and trees manually or using appropriate equipment, taking into account the plant species and following safety requirements.

  • Maintain ground

    Mow grass, rake leaves, and remove fallen limbs and trash. Remove weeds from landscapes in parks, greenways and other properties. Maintain the grounds and landscapes of private clients and businesses. Perform maintenance such as fertilising; spraying for weed and pest controls; planting, pruning and removing trees and shrubs; mow, trim, edge, cut and clean up uncontrolled weeds.

  • Prepare planting area

    Prepare planting area and soil for planting by for example fertilising, mulching by hand or using mechanical tools or machinery; prepare seeds and plants for sowing and planting by enuring the quality of seed and plants.Sow and plant by hand, using mechanical tools or machinery and in accordance with national legislation.

  • Use gardening equipment

    Use gardening equipment such as clippers, sprayers, mowers, chainsaws, complying to health and safety regulations.

  • Operate turf management equipment

    Operate turf management equipment like hedge cutters, mowers and strimmers.

  • Prepare sites for planting of grass

    Prepare lawn areas by spreading top soil and planting grass, and by laying instant turf.

  • Prepare planting area for planting

    Prepare planting area and soil for planting by fertilising, mulching and performing weed control. Take the conditions of the area, soil and plant type into account.

  • Work in outdoor conditions

    Can cope with the different climate conditions such as heat, rain, cold or in strong wind.

  • Handling chemical products for soil and plants

    Handling chemical products for soil and plants includes cleaning the equipment used for spreading and spraying, mixing of chemicals, preparing pesticides and herbicides for spraying, preparing fertilisers for spreading.

  • Maintain plants' growth

    Support growth, appearance and intended purpose of the plants.

  • Prune plants

    Carry out pruning with relevant tools, related to the different purposes like maintenance pruning, pruning for growth, pruning for fruiting, debudding and volume reduction.

  • Plant according to guidelines

    Plant according to guidelines including digging, staking and maintenance.

  • Perform hand pruning

    Efficiently perform hand pruning by using specific pruning tools like shears, lopping shears, saw, a small pocket scale to weigh the pruned material, and twine.

  • Maintain plant health

    Manage and support overall plant health. Practice sustainable gardening techniques and integrated pest management in gardens both outdoor and indoor.

  • Prune hedges and trees

    Cut and prune trees and hedges in ornemental forms, considering botanical and esthetical aspects.

  • Maintain plant soil nutrition

    Manage and support overall soil nutrition. Practice sustainable gardening techniques and integrated pest management in gardens both outdoor and indoor.

Optional knowledge and skills

maintain the greenhouse establish vertical gardens ecology pruning techniques establish green roof turf management prepare land for turf laying horticulture principles build fences greenhouse types plant disease control pruning types maintain turf management equipment maintain gardening equipment transport physical resources within the work area landscaping materials assist in interior plant projects lawn care create garden areas in cemeteries herbicides sprayers perform weed control operations build garden masonry provide lawn care nurse trees execute disease and pest control activities