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Working As A Landscape Labour

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $26,036

    Average Salary

What Does A Landscape Labour Do

Grounds maintenance workers ensure that the grounds of houses, businesses, and parks are attractive, orderly, and healthy in order to provide a pleasant outdoor environment.

Duties

Grounds maintenance workers typically do the following:

  • Mow, edge, and fertilize lawns
  • Weed and mulch landscape beds
  • Trim hedges, shrubs, and small trees
  • Remove dead, damaged, or unwanted trees
  • Plant flowers, trees, and shrubs
  • Water lawns, landscapes, and gardens
  • Monitor and maintain plant health

Grounds maintenance workers are generally under the direction of a professional grounds manager and perform a variety of tasks to achieve a pleasant and functional outdoor environment. They also care for indoor gardens and plantings in commercial and public facilities, such as malls, hotels, and botanical gardens.

The following are examples of types of grounds maintenance workers:

Landscaping workers plant trees, flowers, and shrubs to create new outdoor spaces or upgrade existing ones. They also trim, fertilize, mulch, and water plants. Some grade and install lawns or construct hardscapes such as walkways, patios, and decks. Others help install lighting or sprinkler systems. Landscaping workers are employed in a variety of residential and commercial settings, such as homes, apartment buildings, office buildings, shopping malls, and hotels and motels.

Groundskeeping workers, also called groundskeepers, maintain grounds. They care for plants and trees, rake and mulch leaves, and clear snow from walkways. They work on athletic fields, golf courses, cemeteries, university campuses, and parks, as well as in many of the same settings that landscaping workers work. They also see to the proper upkeep of sidewalks, parking lots, fountains, fences, planters, and benches, as well as groundskeeping equipment.

Groundskeeping workers who care for athletic fields keep natural and artificial turf in top condition, mark out boundaries, and paint turf with team logos and names before events. They mow, water, fertilize, and aerate the fields regularly. They must ensure that the underlying soil on fields with natural turf has the composition required to allow proper drainage and to support the grass used on the field. In sports venues, they vacuum and disinfect synthetic turf to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and they remove the turf and replace the cushioning pad periodically.

Groundskeepers in parks and recreation facilities care for lawns, trees, and shrubs; maintain playgrounds; clean buildings; and keep parking lots, picnic areas, and other public spaces free of litter. They also may erect and dismantle snow fences and maintain swimming pools. These workers inspect buildings and equipment, make needed repairs, and keep everything freshly painted.

Some groundskeepers specialize in caring for cemeteries and memorial gardens. They dig graves to specified depths, generally using a backhoe. They mow grass regularly, apply fertilizers and other chemicals, prune shrubs and trees, plant flowers, and remove debris from graves.

Greenskeepers maintain golf courses. Their work is similar to that of groundskeepers, but they also periodically relocate holes on putting greens and maintain benches and tee markers along the course and provide more intense turf maintenance. In addition, greenskeepers keep canopies, benches, and tee markers repaired and freshly painted.

Pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators apply herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides on plants or the soil to prevent or control weeds, insects, and diseases. Those who work for chemical lawn or tree service firms are more specialized, inspecting lawns for problems and applying fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals to stimulate growth and prevent or control weeds, diseases, or insect infestations.

Tree trimmers and pruners, also called arborists, cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to clear utility lines, roads, and sidewalks. Although many of these workers strive to improve the appearance and health of trees and plants, some specialize in diagnosing and treating tree diseases. Others specialize in pruning, trimming, and shaping ornamental trees and shrubs. Tree trimmers and pruners use chain saws, chippers, and stump grinders while on the job. When trimming near power lines, they usually work on truck-mounted lifts and use power pruners.

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How To Become A Landscape Labour

Most grounds maintenance workers need no formal education and are trained on the job. Most states require licensing for workers who apply pesticides and fertilizers.

Education

Although most grounds maintenance jobs have no education requirements, some employers may require formal education or certification in areas such as landscape design, horticulture, or arboriculture.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require workers who apply pesticides and fertilizers to be licensed. Obtaining a license usually involves passing a test on the proper use and disposal of insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides.

The National Association of Landscape Professionals offers seven certifications in landscaping and grounds maintenance for workers at various experience levels.

The Tree Care Industry Association offers certification for tree care safety professionals.

The International Society of Arboriculture offers six certifications for workers at various experience levels.

The Professional Grounds Management Society offers certification for workers at various experience levels.

Training

A short period of on-the-job training is usually enough to teach new hires the skills they need, which often include how to plant and maintain areas and how to use mowers, trimmers, leaf blowers, small tractors, and other equipment. Large institutional employers such as golf courses, university campuses, or municipalities may supplement on-the-job training with coursework in horticulture or small-engine repair.

Advancement

Grounds maintenance workers who have good communication skills may become crew leaders or advance into other supervisory positions. Becoming a manager or a landscape contractor may require some formal education and several years of related work experience. Some workers use their experience to start their own landscaping companies.

Important Qualities

Physical stamina. Grounds maintenance workers must be capable of doing physically strenuous labor for long hours, occasionally in extreme heat or cold.

Self-motivated. Because they often work with little supervision, grounds maintenance workers must be able to do their job independently.

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Landscape Labour Demographics

Gender

Male

89.1%

Female

9.7%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

79.4%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

76.0%

French

6.3%

Portuguese

3.2%

Japanese

2.7%

German

2.3%

Russian

1.8%

Chinese

1.4%

Italian

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Dakota

0.5%

Korean

0.5%

Hebrew

0.5%

Burmese

0.5%

Carrier

0.5%

Hindi

0.5%

Tagalog

0.5%

Hmong

0.5%

Thai

0.5%

Navajo

0.5%

Arabic

0.5%
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Landscape Labour Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.2%

University of Maine

6.3%

Liberty University

5.9%

West Virginia University

5.9%

Monroe Community College

5.5%

University of Missouri - Columbia

5.1%

Utah State University

5.1%

Universal Technical Institute

5.1%

Ohio State University

5.1%

California University of Pennsylvania

4.7%

Erie Community College

4.7%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.7%

Dutchess Community College

4.3%

Idaho State University

4.3%

Butte College

4.3%

Weber State University

4.3%

Western Michigan University

4.3%

Montana State University - Bozeman

4.3%

Iowa State University

4.3%

Grand Rapids Community College

3.9%
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Majors

Business

19.0%

Criminal Justice

10.9%

General Studies

9.9%

Precision Metal Working

6.4%

Automotive Technology

5.9%

Computer Science

4.3%

Psychology

4.0%

Kinesiology

3.9%

Liberal Arts

3.7%

Environmental Science

3.6%

Biology

3.4%

Accounting

3.1%

Electrical Engineering

2.9%

Applied Horticulture

2.9%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Plant Sciences

2.8%

Management

2.6%

Education

2.6%

Communication

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

46.4%

Bachelors

27.8%

Associate

13.8%

Certificate

7.4%

Diploma

2.4%

Masters

1.8%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Landscape Labour Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Supervisor of Landscaping Workers Pavers By Porter Sparks, NV Nov 17, 2015 $60,008
Supervisor of Landscaping Workers Pavers By Porter Sparks, NV Nov 19, 2015 $60,008
Landscape Laborer George E. Ley III PA Apr 27, 2016 $44,265
Landscape Laborers G and M Landscape Services, LLC Nantucket, MA Apr 08, 2016 $43,264
Landscape Laborers Nantucket Lawn and Garden, Inc. Nantucket, MA Apr 08, 2016 $43,264
Landscape Laborers Nantucket Lawn and Garden, Inc. MA Apr 01, 2015 $41,990
Landscape Laborer R & M Drain and Waterproofing, Inc. CO Apr 01, 2015 $41,197
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Worker Valencia Work Group, Inc. New Rochelle, NY Aug 09, 2016 $38,376
Landscape Laborers Cooper Landscaping, Inc. Harwich, MA Mar 15, 2016 $36,147
Landscape Laborers MacAuley Brothers Inc. Weymouth Town, MA Apr 19, 2016 $36,147
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers Blake D. Gleason Harwich, MA Apr 01, 2016 $36,147
Landscape Laborer Paragon Landscape Construction Hanover, MA Apr 01, 2016 $36,147
Landscape Laborer Tim Acton Landscaping MA Mar 10, 2016 $36,147
Landscape Laborer Dex By Terra, Inc. MA Apr 06, 2015 $35,604
Landscape Laborer Jim Whiting Nursery and Garden Center, Inc. Rochester, MN Apr 01, 2016 $28,279
Landscape Laborer Glen Street Associates NY Apr 01, 2015 $28,258
Landscape Laborer Creative Exteriors, Inc. Dillsburg, PA Apr 01, 2016 $28,258
Landscape Laborer Hummel's Landscape, Inc. Harrisburg, PA Apr 01, 2016 $28,237
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers Landtech Contractors, Inc. (L) WY Apr 01, 2015 $28,216
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers Bath Inc. WY Apr 01, 2015 $28,216
Landscape Laborer Graff's Turf Farms Inc. CO Apr 01, 2015 $28,216
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers Tree of Life Landscaping, Inc. CO Apr 01, 2015 $28,216
Landscape Laborer Landscape Management Company Gainesville, GA Mar 07, 2016 $25,858
Landscape and Groundskeeper Davis Landscape Group of Georgia LLC Suwanee, GA Mar 15, 2016 $25,858
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers Imagescapes, Inc. Duluth, GA Apr 01, 2016 $25,858
Landscape Laborer Thelen and Associates, Inc. Norcross, GA Mar 15, 2016 $25,858
Landscape Laborers Landcare-Atlanta Norcross, GA Apr 01, 2016 $25,858
Landscape Laborers Austin Outdoor LLC-Atlanta Smyrna, GA Apr 01, 2016 $25,858
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers Aquatron Irrigation, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Apr 01, 2016 $25,858
Landscaping Laborers Dreamscapes Lawn Maintenance Co., Inc. Acworth, GA Apr 13, 2016 $25,858

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Top Skills for A Landscape Labour

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Top Landscape Labour Skills

  1. Clean Flower Beds
  2. Snow Removal
  3. Walls.Use Hand Tools
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Trim and clean flower beds and cultivate lawns and gardens.
  • Traveled daily to various locations to perform a variety of landscaping duties and snow removal.
  • Provided timely yard maintenance for a variety of residential and commercial customers.
  • Operated vehicles and powered equipment, such as mowers, tractors, chain saws, sod cutters, and pruning saws.
  • Operated and maintained power mowers, weed blowers, electric clippers, pruning saws and other landscape maintenance equipment.

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