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Old 10-25-2012, 04:58 PM
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Best way to LEARN

I see all of the beautiful work a lot of you do, and often wonder to myself, where do you learn how to do this? I know you all have massive experience, etc, but where do you start?

I'm extremely confident in my lawn maintenance capabilities, but when it comes to landscape designing and implementation, my confidence goes way down.

Thanks for any input.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:00 PM
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Landscapers are born, not taught. Some guys just have a natural eye for it. Those that don't, show it in their work.

I'm not a landscaper, I just maintain it. :-)
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:19 PM
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Landscapers are born, not taught. Some guys just have a natural eye for it. Those that don't, show it in their work.

I'm not a landscaper, I just maintain it. :-)
I don't buy that... Anything can be learned.

Any valuable input would be appreciated.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:28 PM
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Many books and courses one can take to learn it.

Best method I think is to work for a company that knows it. On the job training.
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:59 PM
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Like anything you can learn but some people have a knack and some dont.

Id say one of the biggest things you can do is take some sort of course for woody plant ID and perennial ID and design. Alot of 2 year schools offer this. Without a good knowledge of plants you are going to have one hell of a time designing and end of with either plants in the wrong spot or the exact same plants on each landscape.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:23 PM
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I don't buy that... Anything can be learned.

Any valuable input would be appreciated.
Exactly! Anything can be learned. Familiarity breeds confidence. Do free installs for friends/family, they buy material. That will give you practice.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:33 PM
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The easiest way is to work for a company that is really good at it. I went to school, and i learned 100 times more out in the field plus you get paid for it.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:36 PM
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The easiest way is to work for a company that is really good at it. I went to school, and i learned 100 times more out in the field plus you get paid for it.
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Good point...I was going to mention to work for a company. But that might be hard running your own, plus if a competitor catches wind that you're learning from them they might not like that. But definitely the way to go, paid to learn.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:47 PM
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Good point...I was going to mention to work for a company. But that might be hard running your own, plus if a competitor catches wind that you're learning from them they might not like that. But definitely the way to go, paid to learn.
Yea if your boss finds out you have a company most likely he wont be very happy about it.
It would be hard to do both at the same time. I feel you should know the majority of the work involved with the trade before starting a business. Its hard facing a client with lots of questions and not having the answers to them.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:11 AM
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im in the same situation as you! what ive been trying to do is develop connections and sub out the work but ask if i can help on the job so i can learn how its done
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