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LANDSCAPE GARDENER: I Create Beauty

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Melanie, a Landscape Gardener, describes her job and responsibilities. She got into this line of work after someone gave her a garden to tend. What she knows now about her career, is the flexibility in the work schedule and the ability to develop partnerships.

Degree: Psychology
Job Title: Landscape Gardener
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

Job Description

Grounds maintenance workers provide a pleasant outdoor environment by ensuring that the grounds of houses, businesses, and parks are attractive, orderly, and healthy. Using hand or power tools or equipment, workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Most states require workers who apply pesticides to be licensed.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $30,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time, Irregular, Varies Widely, Seasonal
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Strength/stamina, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Landscape Architecture
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m='16730'>getting</span> <span m='17070'>up at</span> <span m='17480'>about</span> <span m='19210'>10</span> <span m='19370'>o'clock</span> <span m='19630'>in</span> <span m='19700'>the</span> <span m='19770'>morning,</span> <span m='21270'>making</span> <span m='21560'>a</span> <span m='21600'>Green</span> <span m='21950'>Drink,</span> <span m='23280'>putting</span> <span m='23350'>on</span> <span m='23500'>my</span> <span m='24940'>boots</span> <span m='25660'>and</span> <span m='25950'>my-- it</span> <span m='26290'>depends</span> <span m='26600'>on</span> <span m='26690'>how</span> <span m='26870'>cold</span> <span m='27140'>it</span> <span m='27240'>is--</span> <span m='27530'>and</span> <span m='27840'>different</span> <span m='28080'>layers</span> <span m='28480'>of</span> <span m='28570'>clothes,</span> <span m='29470'>and</span> <span m='30110'>heading</span> <span m='30460'>out</span> <span m='30780'>with</span> <span m='31000'>my</span> <span m='31460'>big</span> <span m='31670'>truck</span> <span m='32509'>and</span> <span m='33110'>sometimes</span> <span m='33600'>going</span> <span m='33690'>to</span> <span m='34270'>the</span> <span m='35080'>rock</span> <span m='35280'>and</span> <span m='35390'>soil</span> <span m='35680'>store</span> <span m='36600'>and</span> <span m='36920'>sometimes</span> <span m='37350'>it's</span> <span m='37580'>just</span> <span m='37880'>going</span> <span m='38120'>to</span> <span m='38250'>the</span> <span m='38510'>plant</span> <span m='38770'>store</span> <span m='39180'>or</span> <span m='39460'>sometimes</span> <span m='39940'>just</span> <span m='41500'>going</span> <span m='41750'>right</span> <span m='41910'>to</span> <span m='42060'>the client's</span> <span m='42330'>house</span> <span m='43080'>and</span> <span m='44280'>either</span> <span m='44720'>doing</span> <span m='45110'>maintenance.</span> <span m='46710'>Sometimes</span> <span m='47040'>I</span> <span m='47150'>do</span> <span m='47280'>design</span> <span m='47900'>and</span> <span m='48090'>installation</span> <span m='48710'>of</span> <span m='48790'>plants</span> <span m='49240'>and</span> <span m='49910'>watering</span> <span m='50190'>systems</span> <span m='51370'>and,</span> <span m='53380'>basically,</span> <span m='55160'>creating</span> <span m='55500'>beauty</span> <span m='56010'>wherever</span> <span m='56500'>I go.</span> </p><p><span m='57270'>I</span> <span m='57450'>started</span> <span m='57990'>because</span> <span m='58540'>somebody</span> <span m='58920'>gave</span> <span m='59270'>me</span> <span m='60060'>a</span> <span m='60140'>garden</span> <span m='60510'>that</span> <span m='60630'>they</span> <span m='60790'>designed</span> <span m='62170'>and</span> <span m='62620'>had</span> <span m='62850'>me</span> <span m='63040'>start</span> <span m='63390'>to</span> <span m='63790'>maintain</span> <span m='64310'>it,</span> <span m='64599'>and</span> <span m='65000'>it</span> <span 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m='75420'>and</span> <span m='75600'>I</span> <span m='75750'>could</span> <span m='75980'>just</span> <span m='76200'>drive</span> <span m='76440'>wherever.</span> <span m='77430'>And</span> <span m='77610'>this</span> <span m='77790'>person</span> <span m='78060'>gave</span> <span m='78160'>me</span> <span m='78350'>this</span> <span m='78550'>garden,</span> <span m='78990'>and</span> <span m='79290'>I</span> <span m='79360'>started</span> <span m='79690'>maintaining</span> <span m='80200'>it.</span> <span m='80340'>And</span> <span m='80640'>then</span> <span m='80800'>my</span> <span m='80860'>mom</span> <span m='81180'>came</span> <span m='81400'>in</span> <span m='81550'>on</span> <span m='81630'>the</span> <span m='81710'>job</span> <span m='81980'>because</span> <span m='82800'>she</span> <span m='83010'>would</span> <span m='83100'>help</span> <span m='83290'>me</span> <span m='83510'>cut</span> <span m='83650'>my</span> <span m='83780'>time</span> <span m='84110'>in</span> <span m='84190'>half</span> <span m='85390'>so</span> <span m='85570'>that</span> <span m='85700'>I could</span> <span m='85860'>study.</span> <span m='86400'>I</span> <span m='86660'>transferred</span> <span m='87080'>from</span> <span m='87270'>junior</span> <span m='87500'>college</span> <span m='87900'>to</span> <span m='88470'>California</span> <span m='89150'>State</span> <span m='89440'>University,</span> <span m='89830'>Fresno.</span> <span m='90850'>And</span> <span m='93080'>when</span> <span m='93200'>I</span> <span m='93250'>came</span> <span m='93460'>back,</span> <span m='93670'>my</span> <span m='93740'>mom</span> <span m='93970'>had</span> <span m='94100'>turned</span> <span m='94320'>the</span> <span m='94390'>business</span> <span m='94720'>into</span> <span m='95010'>a</span> <span m='95610'>gardening</span> <span m='96000'>business.</span> </p><p><span m='97045'>What</span> <span m='97430'>I</span> <span m='97580'>realize</span> <span m='98160'>about the</span> <span m='98440'>gardening</span> <span m='98680'>business</span> <span m='99090'>is</span> <span m='99250'>there's</span> <span m='99420'>a</span> <span m='99470'>lot</span> <span m='99690'>of</span> <span m='99760'>sweeping.</span> <span m='101878'>There's</span> <span m='102290'>a lot</span> <span m='102450'>more</span> <span m='102580'>sweeping</span> <span m='103010'>than</span> <span m='103100'>you</span> <span m='103190'>realize,</span> <span m='103450'>though.</span> <span m='103560'>But</span> <span m='103980'>what</span> <span m='104240'>I</span> <span m='104310'>realize</span> <span m='104580'>about</span> <span m='104770'>the</span> <span m='104830'>gardening</span> <span m='105090'>business</span> <span m='105710'>is</span> <span m='106040'>that</span> <span m='106360'>you</span> <span m='106550'>can</span> <span m='107570'>make</span> <span m='107960'>your</span> <span m='108160'>own</span> <span m='108480'>hours,</span> <span m='109130'>you</span> <span m='109390'>can</span> <span m='110370'>develop</span> <span m='110900'>partnerships</span> <span m='111500'>in</span> <span m='111560'>business</span> <span m='112090'>with</span> <span m='113670'>your</span> <span m='114160'>horticultural</span> <span m='115050'>resources,</span> <span m='116300'>and</span> <span m='117340'>create</span> <span m='117650'>a</span> <span m='117680'>great</span> <span m='118230'>life</span> <span m='118510'>for</span> <span m='118600'>yourself.</span> <span m='120620'>A</span> <span m='120680'>lot</span> <span m='120890'>of</span> <span m='120960'>times</span> <span m='121280'>it's</span> <span m='121570'>very</span> <span m='121820'>hard</span> <span m='122060'>work,</span> <span m='122930'>and</span> <span m='123460'>some</span> <span m='123750'>people</span> <span m='123980'>burn</span> <span m='124240'>out</span> <span m='124450'>quickly</span> <span m='124820'>because</span> <span m='125080'>they</span> <span m='125200'>try</span> <span m='125420'>to</span> <span m='125480'>do</span> <span m='125660'>too</span> <span m='125820'>many</span> <span m='126000'>things</span> <span m='126590'>too</span> <span m='126790'>fast</span> <span m='127310'>and</span> <span m='127530'>too</span> <span m='127680'>hard.</span> <span m='128520'>And</span> <span m='128910'>I</span> <span m='128970'>think that,</span> <span m='129289'>if you</span> <span m='129380'>can</span> <span m='129639'>find</span> <span m='129850'>your</span> <span m='129960'>niche,</span> <span m='130690'>you</span> <span m='130820'>can</span> <span m='130990'>become</span> <span m='131410'>a</span> <span m='131470'>designer</span> <span m='132280'>and</span> <span m='132770'>create</span> <span m='133100'>a</span> <span m='135810'>stamp</span> <span m='136320'>on</span> <span m='136610'>gardens.</span> <span m='137670'>What</span> <span m='137860'>I</span> <span m='137960'>try</span> <span m='138160'>to</span> <span m='138250'>do</span> <span m='138490'>is</span> <span m='139040'>make</span> <span m='139280'>the</span> <span m='139360'>client</span> <span m='139680'>happy.</span> <span m='140100'>And</span> <span m='140233'>then</span> <span m='140366'>oftentimes,</span> <span m='141580'>I'm</span> <span m='141760'>happy</span> <span m='142130'>because</span> <span m='142400'>they're</span> <span m='142550'>happy.</span> </p>","file":{"id":343071,"video_id":"3110965422001","name":"1838-Melanie - Landscape Gardener","duration":143384,"thumbnail_url":null}});