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Education and Experience

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by cmplumley, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. cmplumley

    cmplumley LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    I was just wondering what every ones education and experience was in the landscaping field. The main question I’m trying to get around is how you learned to do such things as irrigation, hardscapes, and other landscape techniques. I have worked for a lawn care company, and I’m plowing snow with a company in the winter. Also I’m attending the Institute of Applied Agriculture at UMD with hopes of a degree in landscape management at UMD CP. I was just wondering what else I should do to broaden my horizon.
  2. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,353

    I think the most important classes you can take are business classes if you want to run your own business. Most landscapers fail because of bad business practices not quality of work. So if you can do both you will be a head of the game!!
  3. cmplumley

    cmplumley LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    Thank you sir
  4. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,381

    Agreed, while you should know what you are doing when it comes to hardscapes, etc. you also need how to properly bid jobs, control costs, payroll, taxes, record keeping, etc. I took a small business management course at a local community college and learned a ton. Good luck!

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