Garden Professionals Defined

Summary from January, 2018 Speaker Program
Garden Professionals Defined

tree clipart“Oregon’s Landscape Contractor Licensing Law, ORS 671.510-760 requires anyone who wants to call themselves a landscape construction professional or a landscape contracting business and anyone who wants to perform landscape work to have a valid landscape construction professional license and/or landscape contracting business license. The law states, “no person shall use the title of a landscape construction professional, landscape gardener, landscape contracting business or landscaper, or any title, sign, card or other device indicating, or tending to indicate, advertise or represent in any manner that the person is a landscape construction professional or landscape contracting business unless the person has a valid license.”

A landscape construction professional cannot offer landscape contracting services unless the individual is an owner or in the employ of a licensed landscape contracting business. If the landscape construction professional is the sole proprietor, the landscape construction professional must also obtain a license as a landscape contracting business.” ~State of Oregon: Construction Contractors Board
Landscape Architect: A person who has a degree in the field of landscape architecture. Their expertise includes: site analysis, site inventory, land planning, planting design, and hardscape designs such as paths, walls, stairs, patios, pergolas ,etc.. They are schooled in slopes and grading, storm water management, sustainable design, and construction specification to ensure all plans meet current building codes, and local and federal ordinances. They can design and manage large municipal projects, commercial projects and small residential project. They are required to have and maintain a state Landscape Contraction Professional License for each state in which they practice, and they must complete continuing education to maintain their state license. They are also required to have a city license in all cities were they work.

Landscape Designer: A person who plans outdoor spaces, including gardens. Their backgrounds can be varied from apprenticeships to college programs. They can draw plans to scale, plan simple hardscapes, provide plant lists, select and work with contractors and oversee projects. They help clients clarify goals to personalize their project. In Oregon, a Landscape designer is required to have an Oregon State Landscape Contractor’s Professional License. Continuing education classes are required to maintain this license and a City license is required in all cities where they work.

Landscape Contractor: A professional who implements the plans of a landscape designer or architect. Landscape construction professionals must meet experience and/or education requirements and pass a competency exam to obtain a state Landscape Contacting License. They must complete continuing education classes to renew their license. They are also required to have a city license in all cities where they perform work.

Landscape Maintenance or Gardener: A worker who can install plants and maintains gardens and/or yards. Their expertise can range from unskilled labor to skill craftsman. This category of work is unregulated in Oregon and does not require a state license in the State of Oregon. However, always check with your city or county for local license or permit requirements.  In the Rogue Valley these workers are required to have a city license in all cities where they perform work.

AGC Meeting on Sept. 3rd 2016

At the garden club’s month meeting,  Nancy Appling Salucci gave a lecture on what it takes for a tree to be recognized as an Oregon Heritage tree.


Tool Talk

~The following tools are used & recommended by Ashland Garden Club Members~

Hori Hori Knives Japanese Hori Hori Knife –Used for weeding, digging, cutting roots, dividing perennials, removing plants from pots. Unbelievably versatile!


Nejiri Gama Garden Hoe.jpg Nejiri Gama Garden Hoe (Japanese garden hand tool) Narrow end pushes deep into the soil helps with weeding, planting seedlings, aerating the soil, making seed trenches, and breaking up clods & soil.


Hand Plow Ho-Mi DiggerHand Plow Ho-Mi Digger (short-handled) A Korean tool that’s an all-around hand-digging tool, useful for planting, weeding, rock-removal and finding irrigation lines.


Sheep Shears – Large long blades are useful for clipping & trimming small shrubs .

Long Handle Gardening Fork Dividing perennials, digging out trees, shrubs & perennials, Easier on the back when using long handle as leverage.

Garden Bucket Caddy Slips into a plastic bucket and holds garden tools.

Flexible Buckets – Great for hauling weeds, plants, hand tools around the garden.

Felco 7Felco Pruners – Pruning, quality pruner, replaceable blades & parts, easy to sharpen. Right or Left handed offered.  Felco 7: Is a ergonomic heavy duty pruner with a spinning handle,  great for people with a arthritic thumb.


Florian Ratchet Pruner Ratchet-cut mechanism increases hand strength, prunes branches up to ¾ Inches in diameter, has a Lifetime Warranty. Right or Left handed offered.

 Kneelon Knee padsKneelon Knee Pads – Flexible, Waterproof, durable, machine washable.



circlehoe.jpg CircleHoe– For weeding & cultivating close to plants.

Hoop Hoe, Stirrup Hoe, Action Hoe – All Similar hoes for weeding around plants.


Winged Weeders – For weeding, cultivating, edging, aerating and making furrows.

Balling Spade – Ideal for cutting deep and slicing through roots.

potlifterPotlifter – Lifts 250 lb – Saves your back when lifting pots or rocks. Also sold: Pro Potlifter for lifting 350 lbs.

Yard Butler Rotary Cultivator or Garden Weasel Cultivator (collapsible handle available) – Weeds, aerates, detachable center tines work between plants & rows.

Leaf Luster Digital Soil Thermometer – For measuring soil temperature for germination and transplanting

 Leaf Luster Soil Tester – Contains tests for ph, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium levels.

Rapitest PH Meter – easily checks the pH level of your garden soil and potted plants.

Mico-tip Pruners – aka Floral Pruners- For deadheading & pruning smaller plants & flowers.

Fiskars Softough Mico-Tip.jpgFiskars Softough Mico-Tip Pruners- Awarded the Arthritis Foundation Ease-of-Use Commendation for a design that is easy-to-use for people with arthritis or limited hand strength.

Roto Digger Auger- Uses: Planting bulbs, bedding plants, seedlings, deep water aeration, fertilizing trees & shrubs.

Corona AC 8300 Sharpening Tool – 5-Inch super carbide file for sharpening straight edge tools.

 Fiskars Softouch Weeder (7060) – Ergonomic weeder with forked tip cuts deep to remove weeds by the root.

Corona Clipper Razor Tooth folding sawCorona Clipper Razor Tooth – 10″ Folding Pruning Saw – Sturdy, easy to use, easy to store. Lifetime warranty.


Tru Temper Miniature Shovel – For planting bulbs and weeding.

Tru Temper Narrow Garden Fork – D-handle – For digging and mulching.

Yard Butler RKT-1000 Rocket Weeder – Pull weeds from the roots, organic weed control, ergonomic handle, ejector button pops off the weed-keeping your hands clean.

Gardex or Garden Home  Leaf Scoops-  Multi-purpose hand-held leaf scoops.


Planting Poetry

Rhonda Nowak, Master Gardener, English Composition teacher at Rogue Community College and garden writer for the Mail Tribune, gave an informative talk Monday on how to plant your container gardens with poetic flare.

Read her Literary Gardener blog here…