Do you consider youself skilled?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Landscraper1, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. Landscraper1

    Landscraper1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Southeastern Ma.
    Messages: 753

    Here is a quote from another thread, I read today.

    "Let's face facts here, we work in an industry that doesn't really require much skill or investment to be able to start up. If you have a lawn mower, trimmer and a rake, you can start a lawn mowing business...grab yourself a shovel and a wheelbarrow and you are now a "landscape contractor". Realistically, you could train a monkey to mow a lawn..."

    I took offense to this. If this is all we think of this industry then, we will not go far in this business. I feel that landscaping is like most trades, you have a starting point that is very basic but, must be expanded with education and experience. You can also say a person with a hammer and a saw, can call himself a carpenter. I have seen hack jobs done by men calling themselves a carpenter or landscaper.
  2. fastlane

    fastlane LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    There is a big difference between mowing lawns and landscaping. I think the two should not be painted with the same brush. Most people can maintain their lawn. Most people can't build walls or lay pavers etc.
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,492

    Technically, building walls and laying pavers is Hardscaping a different field in itself and definately not unskilled.
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  4. ToddH

    ToddH LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,192

    I am not as creative with designs as I would like.
  5. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,096

    I agree 100%, even though I predominantly do maintenance & snow. With that said, I still consider myself skilled. Yes just about anyone can mow a lawn...but efficiency in time (not just moving fast) while doing a great job is part of the skill set. Couple that with the ability to sell and retain customers...yes even lawn maintenance companies can be highly skilled. As fastlane said, landscaping and lawns should not be painted with the same brush.
  6. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    I consider myself skilled. I have a very extensive knowledge of plant materials, proper planting and care techniques. I have college background in Horticulture. I am a licensed Arborist, irrigation contractor, Ornamental & Turf Applicator, Landscape/Horticulturist. I maintain my certifications with yearly continuing education classes and constantly educating myself and others of new info in this industry. I have a good eye for design and balance in new landscapes and enhancing mature landscapes
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  7. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,758

    Seeing the potential for future problems/issues takes a trained eye...and presenting these to your customer takes some skill as well. People skills go a long ways toward customer retention.

    One of my longest running customers has a multi-trunked Redbud in her front yard. Over the years, I'm seeing that one of the trunks is beginning to separate itself distance-wise from the others. Unfortunately it is leaning toward the house. An icestorm will no doubt make for some catastrophic issues - as I can envision some damage to her roof/gutters/eaves and even taking out a few I warned her about this possible scenario. The ball is in her court should she take proactive actions. It is more tree than I would want to should be left to an arborist to manage.
  8. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,719

    Just about anyone can MOW a YARD

    Very few can CUT a LAWN

    If you do not understand you are probably in the first category.
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  9. fastlane

    fastlane LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    Please explain the difference.
  10. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,049

    I'm on it for 30+ years and want do die learning.:waving:

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