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Lawn Care and Landscaping: What’s the Difference?

You may hear the words “lawn care” and “landscaping” used interchangeably. You might even think they mean the same thing, but they are actually two distinct areas in the industry.

Most experts agree that lawn care refers to the improvement and maintenance of turf and landscaping is all about visualizing a picture for an outdoor space and then creating that space. So, let’s dig (see what I did there?) a little more into both terms.

Lawn Care

Regular lawn maintenance is key to maintaining your home’s curb appeal. A healthy, well-tended landscape enhances your home’s beauty, creating a welcoming appearance and increasing your home’s value. You can think about lawn care as improving on the existing yard without dramatically changing its layout or structure. A lawn care company fertilizes, replaces sod, performs pest control, and seeds. A lawn maintenance company also takes care of the existing yard by mowing, trimming, and weed eating. Lawn care services that can help enhance your Little Rock lawn include:

  • Mowing
  • Blowing
  • Weed-eating
  • Edging
  • Pruning
  • Mulching
  • Gutter Cleaning
  • General Lawn Cleanup
  • Application of Pesticides and Fertilizers
  • Leaf Removal
  • Snow Removal (yes, even in Arkansas!)


Landscaping, on the other hand, can be characterized by the transformation of an outdoor space either by planting, construction, rearranging, or some combination of the three. Landscaping involves combining botanical elements – such as trees, lawns, shrubbery and other flora – into the space, along with hardscapes – such as pathways, furniture, planting beds, water features and fences. Landscaping goes above and beyond simply caring for and maintaining your lawn. Landscaping services we provide include:

  • Landscape Design
  • Sprinkler System Installation & Repair
  • Sod & Seeding
  • Retaining Walls
  • Power Washing
  • Mulching
  • Planting
  • Drainage
  • Hardscaping
  • Flag Stone Patios and Walkways
  • Lighting
  • Streams
  • Fountains
  • Interior Landscape Design

Another distinction between lawn care and landscaping is that most professions within landscaping require a related degree or, at the very least, extensive experience in the green industry. Landscape architects must have a degree in landscape architecture and they have to pass a national exam to get a license. These professionals work on a variety of projects, from designing and building a residential yard to planning resorts and entire housing developments.

Landscape designers aren’t required to have a formal education, but they can become accredited by professional associations such as The Association of Professional Landscape Designers. These designers typically work on small or residential projects and may not necessarily work with the contractors after they wrap up the design process.

Finally, landscape contractors carry out the architect’s or designer’s creation by actually building the structures and hardscapes and incorporating the botanical elements.

If you need regularly scheduled lawn maintenance or full-service landscaping in the Little Rock area, there’s no need to sweat your lawn care! Call Little Rock Lawns today. We’ll do the dirty work to maintain and improve your home’s beauty with a full range of professional lawn services. Contact us now for a free lawn consultation!