Best way to LEARN

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by jason72g, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. jason72g

    jason72g LawnSite Member
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    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.
     
  2. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,187

    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. :)
     
  3. jason72g

    jason72g LawnSite Member
    Posts: 88

    I don't buy that... Anything can be learned.

    Any valuable input would be appreciated.
     
  4. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,187

    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.
     
  5. andersman02

    andersman02 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 503

    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.
     
  6. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Exactly! Anything can be learned. Familiarity breeds confidence. Do free installs for friends/family, they buy material. That will give you practice.
     
  7. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
    Posts: 1,266

    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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  8. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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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.
     
  9. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
    Posts: 1,266

    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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  10. kyles landscape

    kyles landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 331

    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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