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LANDSCAPE GARDENER, IN-DEPTH: I Love Pruning And Shaping So I Can See The Way Things Grow Later

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Melanie, is a Landscape Gardener; she shares that she likes most about her job, its challenges, her key decision and her work-life balance. Working as a gardener not only allows Melanie to really connect with nature, it also allows her to be creative and artistic; she's presently exploring creating living walls.

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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<span m='12670'>just</span> <span m='13270'>probably</span> <span m='13660'>pruned</span> <span m='14020'>about</span> <span m='14290'>50</span> <span m='14710'>roses</span> <span m='14990'>over</span> <span m='15270'>the</span> <span m='15420'>last</span> <span m='15730'>three</span> <span m='15900'>days.</span> <span m='16880'>And</span> <span m='17340'>I</span> <span m='17450'>love</span> <span m='17900'>shaping</span> <span m='18280'>so</span> <span m='18770'>that</span> <span m='19000'>I</span> <span m='19060'>can</span> <span m='19280'>see</span> <span m='20100'>that</span> <span m='20280'>way</span> <span m='20610'>that</span> <span m='20850'>things</span> <span m='21580'>grow</span> <span m='21890'>later,</span> <span m='22500'>and</span> <span m='22870'>really</span> <span m='23120'>creating</span> <span m='23830'>for</span> <span m='23950'>the</span> <span m='24060'>future.</span> </p><p><span m='25200'>Some</span> <span m='25420'>days</span> <span m='25670'>you</span> <span m='25750'>don't</span> <span m='25950'>want</span> <span m='26080'>to</span> <span m='26130'>get</span> <span m='26290'>up.</span> <span m='26960'>Some</span> <span m='27110'>days</span> <span m='27390'>it's</span> <span m='27690'>too</span> <span m='28080'>cold.</span> <span m='28470'>And</span> <span m='28910'>sometimes</span> <span m='29590'>there's</span> <span m='29850'>too</span> <span m='30050'>much</span> <span m='30420'>rain,</span> <span m='31200'>and</span> <span m='32250'>there's</span> <span m='32570'>not</span> <span m='32750'>enough</span> <span m='32970'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='33330'>But</span> <span m='34530'>there's</span> <span m='34750'>other</span> <span m='35090'>things</span> <span m='35320'>that</span> <span m='35450'>I'm</span> <span m='35650'>actually</span> <span m='35920'>exploring,</span> <span m='36520'>which</span> <span m='36720'>are</span> <span m='37030'>living</span> <span m='37320'>walls.</span> <span m='38320'>There's</span> <span m='38630'>other</span> <span m='38800'>things</span> <span m='39030'>you</span> <span m='39140'>can</span> <span m='39290'>do</span> <span m='39620'>that</span> <span m='39800'>are</span> <span m='41326'>a</span> <span m='41730'>side</span> <span m='42580'>business</span> <span m='43000'>of</span> <span m='43260'>the</span> <span m='44240'>physical</span> <span m='44610'>gardening.</span> <span m='45110'>So</span> <span m='45370'>it</span> <span m='45480'>can</span> <span m='45610'>be</span> <span m='46260'>a</span> <span m='46330'>challenge</span> <span m='46860'>to</span> <span m='48430'>create</span> <span m='48770'>those</span> <span m='48980'>things.</span> <span m='49220'>But</span> <span m='49320'>once</span> <span m='49570'>you</span> <span m='49670'>get</span> <span m='49940'>a</span> <span m='50020'>reputation,</span> <span m='50710'>then</span> <span m='50880'>that</span> <span m='51020'>can</span> <span m='51270'>build.</span> </p><p><span m='52200'>The</span> <span m='52340'>key</span> <span m='52560'>decision</span> <span m='52990'>for</span> <span m='53100'>me</span> <span m='53400'>for</span> <span m='53600'>landscaping</span> <span m='54340'>was</span> <span m='54970'>the</span> <span m='55340'>freedom</span> <span m='56230'>to</span> <span m='56360'>schedule</span> <span m='56730'>myself</span> <span m='57280'>and</span> <span m='58120'>to</span> <span m='58280'>work</span> <span m='58510'>with</span> <span m='58630'>my</span> <span m='58730'>mom,</span> <span m='59870'>and</span> <span m='61220'>that</span> <span m='62000'>we</span> <span m='62110'>can</span> <span m='62240'>have</span> <span m='62460'>a</span> <span m='62520'>picnic</span> <span m='62920'>every</span> <span m='63100'>day</span> <span m='63650'>and</span> <span m='64440'>make</span> <span m='64709'>mud</span> <span m='64849'>pies</span> <span m='65250'>together.</span> <span m='67700'>I</span> <span m='67800'>mean,</span> <span m='67960'>it's</span> <span m='68100'>a</span> <span m='68150'>little</span> <span m='68360'>more</span> <span m='68590'>work</span> <span m='68970'>than that,</span> <span m='69230'>there's</span> <span m='69430'>a</span> <span m='69460'>lot</span> <span m='69630'>of</span> <span m='69690'>scheduling</span> <span m='70200'>and</span> <span m='70260'>there's</span> <span m='70410'>a</span> <span m='70460'>lot</span> <span m='70650'>of</span> <span m='70830'>the</span> <span m='70930'>business</span> <span m='71320'>side</span> <span m='71570'>of</span> <span m='71660'>it.</span> <span m='72150'>That's</span> <span m='72320'>really</span> <span m='72510'>interesting,</span> <span m='72900'>but</span> <span m='74970'>for</span> <span m='75040'>the</span> <span m='75140'>most</span> <span m='75390'>part</span> <span m='75650'>you have</span> <span m='75810'>a</span> <span m='75860'>lot</span> <span m='76040'>of</span> <span m='76110'>freedom.</span> <span m='76940'>And</span> <span m='80900'>work</span> <span m='81210'>during</span> <span m='81290'>the</span> <span m='81370'>daytime,</span> <span m='81920'>you</span> <span m='82000'>don't</span> <span m='82250'>really</span> <span m='82650'>have</span> <span m='82830'>to</span> <span m='82900'>work</span> <span m='83230'>at night.</span> </p><p><span m='84940'>It's</span> <span m='85190'>not</span> <span m='85450'>difficult</span> <span m='85810'>to</span> <span m='85890'>find</span> <span m='86110'>work as a</span> <span m='86400'>landscape</span> <span m='86820'>gardener</span> <span m='88390'>for</span> <span m='88530'>me.</span> <span m='89430'>I'm</span> <span m='89570'>not</span> <span m='89720'>sure</span> <span m='89870'>what</span> <span m='90000'>it's</span> <span m='90180'>like</span> <span m='90380'>for</span> <span m='90560'>other</span> <span m='90680'>people.</span> <span m='91090'>But</span> <span m='91580'>you</span> <span m='91700'>can</span> <span m='91880'>get</span> <span m='92130'>jobs</span> <span m='92520'>that</span> <span m='92650'>start you</span> <span m='93040'>off</span> <span m='93830'>at</span> <span m='95720'>introductory</span> <span m='96580'>rates</span> <span m='97460'>and</span> <span m='97870'>experience</span> <span m='98380'>level.</span> <span m='99200'>And</span> <span m='99730'>if</span> <span m='99840'>you</span> <span m='99970'>can</span> <span m='100090'>get</span> <span m='100230'>on</span> <span m='100410'>with</span> <span m='100560'>a</span> <span m='100630'>crew,</span> <span m='100885'>then you</span> <span m='101140'>can</span> <span m='101420'>gain</span> <span m='101660'>a</span> <span m='101690'>lot</span> <span m='101830'>of</span> <span m='101900'>experience</span> <span m='102190'>and</span> <span m='102480'>maybe</span> <span m='103150'>understudy</span> <span m='103750'>under</span> <span m='103930'>somebody</span> <span m='104320'>else</span> <span m='104700'>who's a</span> <span m='104980'>designer.</span> </p><p><span m='106130'>And</span> <span m='106930'>it's</span> <span m='107190'>about</span> <span m='107950'>being</span> <span m='108200'>an</span> <span m='108300'>artist</span> <span m='108700'>in the</span> <span m='109100'>garden</span> <span m='109310'>a lot of</span> <span m='109540'>times</span> <span m='109940'>for</span> <span m='110040'>me,</span> <span m='110650'>and</span> <span m='110830'>understanding</span> <span m='111660'>plants,</span> <span m='113730'>what</span> <span m='113910'>their</span> <span m='114030'>needs</span> <span m='114350'>are.</span> <span m='115070'>I'm</span> <span m='115260'>also</span> <span m='115500'>a</span> <span m='115560'>docent</span> <span m='115890'>at</span> <span m='115970'>the</span> <span m='116050'>botanical</span> <span m='116490'>garden.</span> <span m='116920'>So</span> <span m='117250'>I've</span> <span m='119210'>put</span> <span m='119360'>myself</span> <span m='119800'>in</span> <span m='120020'>other</span> <span m='121020'>venues</span> <span m='121275'>so</span> <span m='121530'>that</span> <span m='121680'>I</span> <span m='121750'>can</span> <span m='121910'>understand</span> <span m='122640'>the</span> <span m='122730'>world</span> <span m='123110'>of</span> <span m='123170'>plants.</span> </p><p><span m='123825'>And</span> <span m='124100'>they</span> <span m='124290'>say</span> <span m='124490'>that</span> <span m='124670'>if</span> <span m='124840'>you</span> <span m='125120'>can</span> <span m='125310'>understand</span> <span m='125940'>one</span> <span m='126180'>plant</span> <span m='126560'>from</span> <span m='127330'>seed</span> <span m='128229'>to</span> <span m='128810'>its</span> <span m='129240'>life</span> <span m='129419'>cycle,</span> <span m='131600'>how</span> <span m='131660'>it</span> <span m='131840'>grows,</span> <span m='132330'>and the</span> <span m='132420'>root</span> <span m='132740'>structure,</span> <span m='133300'>and</span> <span m='133590'>what</span> <span m='133780'>it</span> <span m='133830'>can</span> <span m='133980'>produce,</span> <span m='134710'>and</span> <span m='134840'>all</span> <span m='134960'>those</span> <span m='135640'>needs</span> <span m='136010'>and</span> <span m='136240'>earth</span> <span m='136570'>and</span> <span m='136770'>everything,</span> <span m='137470'>then</span> <span m='138580'>you've</span> <span m='138860'>done</span> <span m='139080'>well.</span> <span m='139500'>That's</span> <span m='139730'>just</span> <span m='139940'>one</span> <span m='140210'>plant.</span> <span m='142200'>It'll</span> <span m='142470'>take</span> <span m='142640'>a</span> <span m='142680'>lifetime</span> <span m='143100'>to</span> <span m='143180'>get</span> <span m='143290'>to</span> <span m='143360'>know</span> <span m='143490'>plants,</span> <span m='144480'>and</span> <span m='144590'>I'm</span> <span m='144730'>up</span> <span m='144850'>for</span> <span m='144940'>the</span> <span m='145030'>journey.</span> </p><p><span m='145630'>My</span> <span m='145840'>life</span> <span m='146190'>balance</span> <span m='146590'>is</span> <span m='146730'>really</span> <span m='146950'>interesting.</span> <span m='147410'>I</span> <span m='147550'>do</span> <span m='147770'>have</span> <span m='148030'>another</span> <span m='148300'>job.</span> <span m='149190'>So</span> <span m='149310'>I</span> <span m='149420'>work</span> <span m='150650'>landscape</span> <span m='151230'>gardening</span> <span m='151750'>and</span> <span m='151880'>then</span> <span m='152010'>I</span> <span m='152050'>go</span> <span m='152240'>to</span> <span m='152400'>another</span> <span m='152630'>job</span> <span m='152940'>in</span> <span m='152990'>the</span> <span m='153060'>evening.</span> <span m='155210'>And</span> <span m='155340'>I</span> <span m='155430'>try</span> <span m='155800'>to</span> <span m='156930'>make</span> <span m='157130'>sure</span> <span m='157300'>and</span> <span m='157330'>have</span> <span m='157560'>time</span> <span m='157870'>in</span> <span 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