Originally Posted by CL&T
best thing to do is stay in school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Being in the trades or doing manual work today is considered a stigma and so our workforce is rapidly declining as we retire and our sons or daughters aren't taking our places as they once did. So we are inundated with illegals "doing the work nobody wants to do".
There's the rest of your lowballers.
Agreed. I'm reading a great book right now called "Shop Class As Soul Craft," which studies the decline of the skilled trades over the last 30 years in favor of the "information revolution" and sitting around a desk being a yes-man, rubber stamping someone else's "work."
With that being said, i think there is a fine line between some 'landscapers' and 'skilled tradesmen.' IMHO, a true skilled trade would be the guy in your town that's respected as the top landscape equipment mechanic. Now there is certainly a certain amount of skill and trade to landscape design, hardscapes, and even some general lawn maintenance. But just running a midsize over a yard as fast as you can, edging, then blowing, all in as little time as possible, is not much more than a commodity these days, so you can't be surprised when that type of work is subject to 'lowballers.'