Professionals in this industry must be, above all, creative. They should have backgrounds in some other sub specialty, such as masonry, architecture, eco-friendly environmental design, or home interior design. They should have an eye for beauty, and how to incorporate natural features into the landscape, such as boulders, ponds, waterfalls, and other components.
Landscape consultants can provide valuable ideas in terms of garden design, and placement of shrubbery, trees, plants, and flowers. They may have artistic or creative backgrounds, along with training experience in landscaping. Formal schooling isn't necessarily required, but classes should be focused on landscape and garden design, lawn care, and environmental eco-friendly design. A higher educational background is a plus, though, as it provides added dimension to the field.
These professionals need to have good communication skills, as they often work one-on-one with clients on ideas and advice. They are often contractors with backgrounds in building, whether as part of remodels or renovations. Landscape consultants provide many services to clients, such as advice on water irrigation and sprinkler system installation, hardscapes, lighting, and garden design. Some professionals focus on residential services, such as small-scale gardening and shrubbery placement, while others work more with commercial aspects, such as planning of entire office park landscapes. They may provide an added value to clients with detailed websites where they may provide portfolios, testimonials, and backgrounds. Each landscape consultant or contractor should have knowledge of architecture, lighting design, and home interiors. They should be able to effortlessly apply this knowledge to everyday situations involving landscape design.