Gardening, Landscaping, and Groundskeeping Skills

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When you’re promoting your services for landscaping work, whether on a resume, website, or even neighborhood flier, it’s essential to list the gardening skills and services you have to offer. We’ve put together a collection of landscaping, gardening, and groundskeeping skills and keywords that potential employers and clients look for.

We’ve also included a list of questions that employers and clients might ask when they’re interviewing candidates for gardening and landscaping work.

Pest Management

Share your knowledge of pest control, whether it's plant, animal, or insect.

  • Beneficial Insects
  • Biological Pesticides
  • Deer, Rodent, Mole Control
  • Pest Control
  • Pest Management
  • Picking/Killing Weeds
  • Nontoxic Pest Management
  • Weeding

Lawn and Grass Work

If there are local concerns in lawn care, such as cold-weather tolerance or a prevalent type of invasive weed, your resume or website should mention your skills in managing them.

  • Grass Management
  • Lawn Aeration
  • Lawn Disease Control
  • Lawn Care
  • Lawn Fertilization
  • Lawn Cutting
  • Low-Water Grasses
  • Mowing
  • Seeding Lawns
  • Sod Installation

Irrigation and Drought Management

Drought management skills are essential in some areas and have advanced far beyond basic drip systems.

  • Bioswales
  • Drip Irrigation
  • Drought Tolerant Plants
  • Evapotranspiration (ET)
  • Irrigation Scheduling
  • Rainwater Harvesting and Catchment
  • Soil Moisture Monitoring
  • Sprinkler Installation and Maintenance
  • Watering Plants

Soil Management

Again, add details to these skills based on the soil challenges unique to your area.

  • Composting
  • Crop Rotation
  • Digging
  • Fertilizing
  • Mulching Garden Beds
  • Soil Analysis
  • Soil Amendment
  • Soil Maintenance
  • Winterizing


This is a starter list. If you specialize in certain types of plants, say roses or fruit trees, then be sure to add those to your resume.

  • Dividing Bulbs
  • Farming
  • Flower Maintenance
  • Garden Design
  • Gardening
  • Germinating Vegetable/Fruit Seeds
  • Greenhouse Work
  • Harvesting
  • Landscape Design
  • Landscaping
  • Plant Identification
  • Plant Selection
  • Planting

Tree and Bush Work

Tree-trimming companies are always looking for qualified and experienced job candidates, although many companies also offer on-the-job training to get you up to speed on these skills.

  • Aerial Lift Operator
  • Branch Thinning
  • Bush Trimming
  • Cutting Wood
  • Grafting
  • Pruning
  • Stalking Trees
  • Stump removal
  • Tree Climber
  • Tree Trimming

Equipment Maintenance

This is an area homeowners often need help with.

  • Blade Sharpening
  • Garden Tool Repair/Maintenance
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Repair

Landscaper Interview Questions

Here’s a list of frequently asked interview questions for landscapers, landscape technicians, and landscape architects. You’re sure to impress if you come prepared to discuss examples that show off your technical skills. If you can share a portfolio of photos of your past work, even better.

  • What types of landscaping projects have you worked on in the past?
  • How much guidance do you like to receive on a project?
  • Do you prefer to work independently or in a group? Why?
  • What is your favorite planned or built landscape? Why?
  • What was your most successful project? Why do you believe it was successful?
  • Tell me about a project you worked on that involved collaboration with other landscapers.
  • What are your views on the organic growth of plants?
  • Name three popular dust solutions.
  • What are two or three insect killers you prefer to use?
  • Tell us about a time when you dealt with a difficult plant disease successfully.
  • What would you do if a client asked you to make a revision that you did not agree with?
  • What soil traits must be considered before selecting plants to cultivate?
  • Tell me about a time when your design did not turn out as you had planned. What steps did you take to resolve the problem?
  • What experience do you have in creating a promotional piece or concept design?
  • Do you have any experience using AutoCAD to create a design concept? If so, how have you applied AutoCAD to your landscaping work?

More Interview Tips

Job interviews don’t have to be stressful. In fact, they can be a really positive experience if you approach them with an optimistic mindset and do some preparation beforehand. One of the best ways to gain confidence before your interview is to make a list of ten or so of the best qualities you would bring to the job. Having a friend role-play the part of your interviewer can also help you become comfortable practicing responses to questions about your gardening and landscaping skills and experience.

Finally, remember that you are interviewing the employer or client as much as they are interviewing you – you need to know, before accepting a job, whether project timeframes and budgets are viable. Here’s a list of questions to ask your interviewer that will help you to decide if you are a good fit for the job.