I spent a morning with Mario, a self-employed local landscaper, who employs a few guys to work for him and go around with him. We visited probably 10 houses in the morning and Mario and his guys mowed lawns, pulled weeds, and pruned some plants. As well, at the beginning of the season they fertilize the lawns and Mario does not use any pesticides. The hardest thing about this job is the manual labour, it must be exhausting pushing a lawn mower all day (which can be up to 10 hours long). I felt pretty bad just observing while they were working really hard. Mario says that one of the challenges of gardening in Toronto is that his work is seasonal. So during the winter months he uses his truck and plows snow. He says he enjoys landscaping and gardening way more, but he already has a truck so being in the snow removal business was a no brainer.

Being a landscaper sounds hard so I asked Mario why he became one years ago. He said that he enjoys being outside all day and would not want to be sitting all day. He also said that he doesn’t work weekends and he always working with plants and nature. The only concern Mario has is that since gardening can be very physically demanding he isn’t sure how much longer he can personally do it for. 

A Typical Day

The landscaper I shadowed spends all day maintaining lawns and people’s front and back yards.

Top 3 Perks

1) Working outside all day during a beautiful time of the year 

2) Job autonomy (you arrange your own schedule) 

3) Working with a team


Job Culture

Being outdoors for long hours, driving all day, pushing and operating heavy machines, carrying heavy objects, working as a team to accomplish a job


1) A driver's license

Skills Needed

Physically fit, leadership skills, sales skills, measurement skills

The Field

- Baby boomers are becoming seniors and as they become older they are hiring more gardeners/landscapers because the work is too hard for themselves