The Secret To Landscaping And Grounds Keeping As A Rural Business
The Secret To Landscaping Is Making Your Customers Say WOW!
The secret to prosperous landscaping and grounds keeping is helping homeowners present a beautiful yard to visitors and passersby.
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And, homeowners unwilling or unable to invest the time and effort to create such an impression may instead invest in the services of landscaping and grounds-keeping workers.
Landscaping workers, also called landscapers, create aesthetically pleasing outdoor spaces.
Grounds-keeping workers, also called groundskeepers, maintain previoiusly established landscapes.
Although their duties are distinct, landscaping and grounds-keeping workers may perform some of the same tasks and sometimes work together.
Landscapers begin a project by talking with a prospective client about what her or she wants.
They take these preferences into a ccount when planning a new design for fron or backyard spaces.
Then, landscapers measure the area and consider soil types, sunlight availability, and other factors efore drawing up plans for the layout.
The work involved in each job depends on the landscaper’s vision, and the client’s budget.
For example, landscapers might lay sod and plant trees, bushes, and flowers to enhance a yard’s beauty.
By adding edging and mylch around their plantings, landscapers establish sections and help to minimize weeds.
Retaining walls, walkways, patios, water gardens, and other structures create ambiance.
And, to address other considerations, such as safety or convenience, landscapers might install in-ground lights or sprinklers.
After completing installation of their design, landscapers must devise a plan for its upkeep.
This plan, which also requires client approval, includes timetables for watering plantings, mowing the lawn, and trimming existing vegetation.
Groundskeepers implement the plan for maintaining existing yards.
In addition to watering and mowing, they might apply fertilizers or other lawn products to eliminate weeds or pests.
They also trim grass in areas that the lawnmower can’t reach and replenish mulch around plants as needed.
Landscaping and grounds-keeping workers use tools, such as push and ride-on lawn mowers, clippers, rakes, and shovels.
Some lawncare work may require use of tractors, backhoes, or other heavy equipment.
Repairing and maintaining these tools and equipment is another of their tasks.
Work arrangements for landscapers and groundskeepers vary.
Many of these workers are self-employed; others work for landscaping companies.
Their jobs are physically demanding and often require working in severe weather, including extreme temperatures.
Except in warmer regions of the United States, landscaping and grounds-keeping work is largely seasonal.
Workers are usually busiest during the growing seasons, but opportunities also exist at other times for raking and mulching leaves in the Fall.
Also, for clearing snow or ice from walkways and driveways in the Winter.
Training And Skills
There are no specific educational requirements for landscaping and grounds-keeping workers.
To advance or specialize, formal training in horticulture or landscape design is beneficial.
This training is available at community colleges and adult education centers.
In addition, professional organizations offer certification based on experience and successful completion of an examination.
Because the work involved in these occupations, landscapers and groundskeepers should be physically fit.
And, workers must be able to work with poisonous or allergy-inducing plants and insects, as well as fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals.
Some States require that landscape contractors be licensed, and most require certification or licensure.
That’s usually required by completing a written test for those who apply pesticides.
Moreover, workers who operate motor vehicles or heavy equipment must have the relevant driver’s or operator’s license.
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