Register free!
Search
 
     

Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #11  
Old 03-24-2013, 04:02 PM
Banksy's Avatar
Banksy Banksy is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: JoCo, NC
Posts: 172
If going back to college to get a degree is not a realistic option, where else can one learn more about horticutlure or at least some solid basics?
__________________
2011 F250 xl, 6.2, ecsb, 4x4

48" Bobcat WB w/ 14hp Kohler
21" Troy Built
Echo 225 trimmer/edger combo
Poulan blower
12x6 atv trailer
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 03-24-2013, 04:14 PM
New2TheGreenIndustry New2TheGreenIndustry is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Athens, GA
Posts: 481
Quote:
Originally Posted by Banksy View Post
If going back to college to get a degree is not a realistic option, where else can one learn more about horticutlure or at least some solid basics?
Look for training seminars through PLANET, if not associations more local to your area.

Here in GA there's the Urban Ag Council, GGIA, UGA Extension Events. Georgia Certified Landscape Professional, etc.

I don't know what's available in your area, but at minimum, I'm sure there's a state master gardener program.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 03-24-2013, 04:34 PM
Banksy's Avatar
Banksy Banksy is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: JoCo, NC
Posts: 172
Oh, some seminars would be cool.
__________________
2011 F250 xl, 6.2, ecsb, 4x4

48" Bobcat WB w/ 14hp Kohler
21" Troy Built
Echo 225 trimmer/edger combo
Poulan blower
12x6 atv trailer
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 03-24-2013, 04:46 PM
PaperCutter PaperCutter is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 1,204
Quote:
Originally Posted by Banksy View Post
If going back to college to get a degree is not a realistic option, where else can one learn more about horticutlure or at least some solid basics?
Check with your state's nursery and landscape association. I'm on the board for the Northern VA Nursery and Landscape Association and we put on educational opportunities throughout the year. We just hosted Allan Armitage for two talks about plants, we provide a study course to become a certified horticulturist, and we work with another group to put on an awesome green industry field day in the summer. I'll be doing one of the classes, so drive up to DC and watch a fat man melt while talking about plants in July.

Which dovetails nicely with the OP's question - you can be successful without going to college for this. I majored in Sociology/Criminology at Miami U, and ten years later studied interior design for two years. Everything I've learned has been either on the job or from books, lectures, and bugging smart people to teach me. Now I teach classes about plants, design, and running a business.

I will say though that if you CAN do school, it'll almost always jumpstart your career. I would never talk someone out of education, but if you can't swing it, don't think that means your career is over before it starts.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 03-24-2013, 04:50 PM
Banksy's Avatar
Banksy Banksy is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: JoCo, NC
Posts: 172
This is purely a side business, (that hasn't really started) but I don't want to hack it either. I want to be able to answer questions on weed/grass identification, fert/pre-em stuff, why grass might be dying or not growing. I can cut a lawn and make it look mint, just don't ask me the what's and why's of that lawn yet. See what I mean?
__________________
2011 F250 xl, 6.2, ecsb, 4x4

48" Bobcat WB w/ 14hp Kohler
21" Troy Built
Echo 225 trimmer/edger combo
Poulan blower
12x6 atv trailer
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 03-24-2013, 05:03 PM
Banksy's Avatar
Banksy Banksy is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: JoCo, NC
Posts: 172
I'll give this place a call. http://www.ncnla.com/

I just learned two minutes ago that the City of Raleigh offers free classes from horticulture stuff to energy proofing your home. Good places to start.
__________________
2011 F250 xl, 6.2, ecsb, 4x4

48" Bobcat WB w/ 14hp Kohler
21" Troy Built
Echo 225 trimmer/edger combo
Poulan blower
12x6 atv trailer
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 03-24-2013, 05:04 PM
gallihergreen's Avatar
gallihergreen gallihergreen is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Research Triangle, NC
Posts: 2,735
Here are a couple sites to check out Banksy.

http://ncturfgrass.org/about.php

http://www.ncnla.com/

https://www.landcarenetwork.org/index.cfm

http://carolinasirr.org/
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 03-24-2013, 05:06 PM
Banksy's Avatar
Banksy Banksy is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: JoCo, NC
Posts: 172
Thanks, man!
__________________
2011 F250 xl, 6.2, ecsb, 4x4

48" Bobcat WB w/ 14hp Kohler
21" Troy Built
Echo 225 trimmer/edger combo
Poulan blower
12x6 atv trailer
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 03-24-2013, 05:13 PM
ztman ztman is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: mountain pa
Posts: 633
Quote:
Originally Posted by christw View Post
I always hear the term the more you learn the more you earn,which is true. But do you need a degree in landscaping for success.I know the more certifications you have the more you look better on paper.
If you want to work for in the industry as a professional or a manager, ie golf course superintendent, manage grounds and crew at upper end hotels and resorts, a degree is almost mandatory. If you are talking about a cutting operation not mandatory.
What types of positions are you looking for, running your own operation or working for a company in the industry
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 03-24-2013, 05:13 PM
Banksy's Avatar
Banksy Banksy is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: JoCo, NC
Posts: 172
"The NC Turfgrass Short Course is designed to provide basic information to new professional turfgrass managers, and review and update for experienced turf managers. The course is taught once each year during the February/March time frame. "

This sounds like what I need to attend, I think. I didn't see any dates though.
__________________
2011 F250 xl, 6.2, ecsb, 4x4

48" Bobcat WB w/ 14hp Kohler
21" Troy Built
Echo 225 trimmer/edger combo
Poulan blower
12x6 atv trailer
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
lawns landscaping

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:57 AM.

Page generated in 0.07076 seconds with 7 queries