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Working As A Landscape Technician

  • 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

  • $34,044

    Average Salary

What Does A Landscape Technician 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 Technician

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 Technician Career Paths

Landscape Technician
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Carpenter Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Operations Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Package Handler Operations Manager Finance Manager
Car Wash Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Service Technician General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Instructor Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Installer Foreman
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Material Handler Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Construction Worker General Contractor Adjuster
Property Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Crew Leader Foreman Operations Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Carpenter Delivery Driver Account Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Crew Leader Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Landscape Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

89.4%

Female

9.2%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

66.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

76.5%

French

5.9%

Russian

5.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

German

2.9%

Dari

2.9%

Carrier

2.9%
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Landscape Technician Education

Schools

Liberty University

7.7%

Iowa State University

7.7%

Pennsylvania State University

6.7%

University of Idaho

6.7%

Colorado State University

6.7%

Ohio State University

5.8%

Ashford University

4.8%

Boise State University

4.8%

Kent State University

4.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.8%

Universal Technical Institute

4.8%

East Carolina University

3.8%

Missouri State University

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.8%

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

3.8%

Fox Valley Technical College

3.8%

Northern Kentucky University

3.8%

New River Community College

3.8%

Brigham Young University - Idaho

3.8%

West Virginia University

3.8%
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Majors

Business

20.0%

Criminal Justice

10.1%

Automotive Technology

8.7%

General Studies

8.2%

Environmental Science

5.4%

Plant Sciences

4.7%

Applied Horticulture

4.7%

Precision Metal Working

3.8%

Education

3.8%

Psychology

3.5%

Biology

3.3%

Computer Science

2.8%

Kinesiology

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.6%

Marketing

2.6%

Accounting

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.3%

Other

34.7%

Associate

15.4%

Certificate

5.9%

Masters

3.1%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

0.2%

License

0.1%
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Real Landscape Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Landscape Tech Pine Brook Landscape/Nursery, Inc. White House Station, NJ Mar 23, 2010 $33,392
Landscape Technician Nissho of California, Inc. Vista, CA Jun 01, 2012 $30,160
Landscape Technician Prende Austin, TX Apr 04, 2016 $26,088
Landscape Technician Demeter Gardens New Preston, CT Apr 20, 2011 $25,232
Landscape Technician Demeter Gardens New Preston, CT Apr 21, 2010 $25,232
Landscape Technician Main Street Landscape Company Lebanon, TN Mar 15, 2016 $25,086
Landscape Technician Carmen's Landscape Designs, Inc. Miami, FL Nov 01, 2016 $25,044
Landscape Crew Tech Greenearth Landscape Services, LLC. Panama City Beach, FL Apr 21, 2016 $24,439
Landscape Tech Lawn Management Company, Inc. TX Feb 02, 2015 $23,667
Landscape Crew Tech Greenearth Landscape Services, LLC. FL Apr 15, 2015 $23,646
Landscape Technician Progressive Grounds Management, LLC Arnaudville, LA Apr 01, 2016 $22,644
Landscape Technician Progessive Grounds Management, LLC LA Feb 02, 2015 $21,976
Landscape Technician M.J. Design Associates, Inc. Plain City, OH Nov 10, 2016 $19,386
Landscape Technician M.J. Design Associates, Inc. Plain City, OH Jun 10, 2016 $19,386
Landscaping Technician Outdoor Solutions Columbus, GA Apr 08, 2010 $14,609
Landscaping Technician Outdoor Solutions Columbus, GA Nov 10, 2009 $14,609
Landscaping Technician Outdoor Solutions Columbus, GA Nov 04, 2009 $14,609
Landscaping Technician Outdoor Solutions Columbus, GA Nov 03, 2009 $14,609
Landscaping Technician Outdoor Solutions Columbus, GA Feb 11, 2010 $14,609
Landscaping Technician Outdoor Solutions Columbus, GA Jul 25, 2008 $14,609
Landscaping Technician Outdoor Solutions Columbus, GA Jul 10, 2008 $14,609

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Top Skills for A Landscape Technician

  1. SOD Cutters
  2. Flower Beds
  3. Irrigation Systems
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  • Care for established lawns by mulching, aerating, weeding, grubbing and edging flower beds and paved areas.
  • Performed minor repairs and maintenance procedures on equipment along with irrigation systems.
  • Provided landscaping and snow removal services Excellent customer service skills
  • Team was responsible for sprinkler system preventative maintenance program contracts using Summit Landscaping.
  • Assured the implementation of security and safety standards.

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Top 10 Best States for Landscape Technicians

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  5. Wyoming
  6. Maine
  7. Colorado
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