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Landscaping Careers

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  • 1. Landscape Careers Turf Manager Arborist Contractor Nursery Manager Landscape Architect
  • 2. Crocus
      • Plant type: Interior Plant, Perennial
      • Hardiness Zones: 4a to 9a
      • Height: 3" to 6“, Spread: 3" to 6"
      • Exposure: partial shade to full sun
      • Blooms: Blue, Orange, Pink, Purple, White, Yellow in Late winter or Early spring, - Bloom in snow
      • Soil: dry to moist, Adaptable, Loamy, Neutral, Well drained
    • FORCING Bulbs: The practice of bringing a plant into growth or flower (usually by artificial heat or controlling daylight) at a season earlier than its natural one.
  • 3. Turfgrass Management Careers
    • Golf course turf management
    • Lawn and landscape maintenance
    • Athletic field managers
    • Parks and grounds managers
    • Technical sales to the turf industry
  • 4. Turf Management Jobs
    • Golf course management is the largest source of employment for graduate turf managers
    • Currently, 90-95% of graduates of turf programs accept employment in the golf course industry following graduation.
    • The average salary range for students accepting assistant superintendent positions is $34,000 to $38,000 per year.
  • 5. Arborists
    • Arborists select and transplant trees...
    • prune, repair, brace, and fertilize them...
    • manage pests...
    • ensure that the trees in their care grow well and remain structurally safe. 
    • Arborists protect trees on construction sites and appraise the value of damaged or destroyed trees. 
  • 6. Areas of Specialty Arborists
    • Commercial arboriculture
      • For hire to homeowners
    • Municipal arboriculture or urban forestr y
      • Work for local governments – street trees
    • Utility arboriculture
      • Clear power-lines
  • 7. Arborist Salary & Job Outlook
    • Expectation for job growth
    • Certification from the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) is recommended
    • Median yearly salary earned by arborists is $44,072.
  • 8. Landscape Contractor
    • Plan, organize, direct, or coordinate activities of workers engaged in landscaping or groundskeeping activities
    • Planting and maintaining ornamental trees, shrubs, flowers, and lawns
    • Applying fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals, according to contract specifications.
    • May also coordinate activities of workers engaged in terracing hillsides, building retaining walls, constructing pathways, installing patios, and similar activities in following a landscape design plan.
    • Reviewing contracts to ascertain service, machine, and work force requirements
    • Answering inquiries from potential customers regarding methods, material, and price ranges; and
    • Preparing estimates according to labor, material, and machine costs.
  • 9. Landscape Contractor Salaries
  • 10. Nursery Manager
    • Nursery/greenhouse managers oversee the daily operations of a greenhouse and/or nursery.
    • They manage the care of plants, flowers, and trees;
    • Hire and coordinate nursery and greenhouse workers; and
    • Observe environmental standards for agricultural and horticultural production.
  • 11. Nursery Manager Career Outlook
    • Salary: Median—$37,172 per year
    • Employment Outlook: Very Good- strong growth in homeowner landscape sales
  • 12. Landscape Architect
    • About 21 percent of landscape architects are self-employed.
    • Almost all States require landscape architects to be licensed,
    • Need a passing score on the Landscape Architect Registration Exam.
    • Good job opportunities are expected, but new graduates may face competition for jobs in the largest and most prestigious firms.
  • 13. Landscape Architecture
    • Plans and designs development of land areas
    • Compiles and analyzes data on such site conditions as: soil, vegetation, and rock features; drainage; and location of structures
    • Must consider environmental impact in development of landscaping plans.
    • Prepares site plans, working drawings, specifications, and cost estimates for land development
    • Inspects construction work in progress to ensure compliance with landscape specifications
  • 14. Job Outlook
    • Expected to continue to grow faster than average
    • Median annual income: $74,000
    • Requires bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture or Horticulture