do you think a degree in landscaping is necessary for success in landscaping?

Discussion in 'Lawn Care Business Management' started by christw, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. christw

    christw LawnSite Member
    from pa
    Messages: 22

    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.
  2. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you have no degree but you have experience on the field it balances out.:waving:
  3. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,878

    I'll graduate with an Associate's in Horticulture/Landscape in May. My teachers are awesome and the amount learned and the networking is priceless. Plus when I say I'm in school/graduated with a degree, it separates my company from the 60% of companies, most are sh!theads out running around with no clue about anything.
  4. clydebusa

    clydebusa Inactive
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    Sure can't hurt. Besides some of the degree will be towards business and that will pay big in the scheme of things.
  5. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
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    Is it necessary? No. Is it a good thing to have? Yes.
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  6. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    More knowledge never hurts, but like galli said, good to have, but not totally necessary, I would mix it with some sort of business degree as well.
  7. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It depends on the program, some have business classes implemented in them. I did take several accounting & business classes btw.
  8. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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  9. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No, but working for someone/a company that really knows what they're doing in the field is a must. EXPERIENCE! I would think an education geared towards the business-end of a landscaping company would be more valuable.

    This is the issue in our industry- startups with no experience or knowledge in the trade.
  10. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,878

    I'd say this accounts for a solid 50% of the marketplace.
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