Landscaping a trade?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Lynden-Jeff, Mar 18, 2007.

  1. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey,

    I had an argument with a friend. I would consider landscaping a trade but you rarely hear it mentioned when people talk about traders like carpentry, tool and die, electric etc. Do you guys consider this a trade?

    Cheers
    Jeff
     
  2. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Design / Build / Construction I would consider a trade, but not maintenance.
     
  3. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
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    Hell Yes Landscaping is a trade.
    Plant knowledge, appropriate licensing, insurance, equipment expenses and necessary business acumen make it so.
    Or is an industry that generates over $5 Billion dollars a year a part time hobby?
     
  4. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think the "trade" has a specific meaning. Let me check...

    "5. some line of skilled manual or mechanical work; craft: the trade of a carpenter; printer's trade."

    So I'll change my standing and say all Greensmen are tradesman as well. I just never called myself a "tradesman" in the maintenance field. I don't call myself that now, but I guess we are???
     
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    Land or hardscaping, yes...mowing probably not.
     
  6. JFF

    JFF LawnSite Member
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    It's all about the approach. It certainly can be a trade. It can also be a job to some people.

    If you take pride in the work and provide a good service, you are a tradesman, or a craftsman.

    If you are just doing the minimum possible to get paid and moving along, with no consideration of how your work looks, you have a job masquerading as a trade.
     
  7. cutbetterthanyou

    cutbetterthanyou LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't know how you can say that. All of them are, at least if you are successful at it. It takes a certain amount of skill to operate a machine it may not be much skill as land or hard, but some skill is required. If you still think that that is wrong, it takes a certain amount of skill to operate any business successfully. You have, all the paperwork, you have to manage money, manage employees, manage equipment/maintenance, a so on. So I do think it is a trade because it does require skill, even if it isn't in the field it requires business skill.
     
  8. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How about being called a "Groundsman" ?
     
  9. Budget

    Budget LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 368

    Cutting grass on a Z Operating Engineer with out the pay.
    Landscaper should have a apprentice program like the unios have.
     
  10. VBsnow

    VBsnow LawnSite Member
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    You cannot get a degree in carpentry, but you sure can get one in landscape design.
     

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