Plants are very important, not only for the beauty they give to our planet but also their functionality. After all, without plants, we cannot possibly exist. To address their importance, there are so many careers that involve caring for plants and trees. Here are a few of the jobs in gardening and landscaping:
- Horticulturists - Horticulturists are trained in the study of plants and crops, along with their growth and cultivation, and harvesting processes. Horticulturists choose which particular area of specialization they'd like to focus on from among the many various ones available. Those related to gardening and landscaping involve working with ornamental plants, the maintenance of native species of flowers, and study of pest control and resistance for gardens, among others.
- Lawncare specialists - Lawncare specialists usually work for a landscaping company. They work with lawns and gardens of homes (backyard landscape) or public places, such as parks. They specialize in the maintenance of plants and gardens. Their jobs include applying fertilizer and pest control, mowing grass, trimming bushes, and anything else that improves the condition of the lawn. They are also consultants for clients, so that these clients know how they can properly care for their gardens. They also give their clients gardening ideas to further improve the aesthetics and ecology of the lawn.
- Landscape architects - A landscape architect's job is mainly to make plans and designs for the creation of a garden and lawn surrounding a residence or a public place (such as parks and other recreational areas, hospitals, government offices, and malls). He should take many factors in consideration; aside from the aesthetic factors, he also has to think in terms of functionality and other existing elements such as the slope of the land, the temperature during different seasons, the hillside contours, etc. That's where his knowledge of engineering, irrigation, and plants, trees, soil and land features comes in handy. He should also know how to work with relevant computer programs to create his landscaping plans and landscaping designs. In addition, he manages the landscaping project to make sure that it stays within budget, that it can be efficiently maintained, and that it meets the client's specifications. Particular specializations include resource management, golf course design and historic landscape restoration.
- Nursery worker - Nursery workers are in charge of planting and tending to plants and trees. Their specific duties depend on the company they are working for, but it mostly involves growing seedlings, transplanting them to flowerpots or outdoor fields, grafting branches of a tree to another tree, pruning, and fertilizing. If they work at a plant sales company, part of their job will be making financial transactions and talking about the plants to potential clients. They also take pictures of plants as part of their advertising.
To be efficient at a job related to gardening and landscaping, you should be naturally inclined to plants and have skills in growing and tending to them. So why not try out your skills at basic gardening at your own home, to help you determine whether a career path in gardening and landscaping is truly for you. Good luck!