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. Banksy

    Banksy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    If going back to college to get a degree is not a realistic option, where else can one learn more about horticutlure or at least some solid basics?
  2. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Messages: 925

    Look for training seminars through PLANET, if not associations more local to your area.

    Here in GA there's the Urban Ag Council, GGIA, UGA Extension Events. Georgia Certified Landscape Professional, etc.

    I don't know what's available in your area, but at minimum, I'm sure there's a state master gardener program.
  3. Banksy

    Banksy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    Oh, some seminars would be cool.
  4. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,996

    Check with your state's nursery and landscape association. I'm on the board for the Northern VA Nursery and Landscape Association and we put on educational opportunities throughout the year. We just hosted Allan Armitage for two talks about plants, we provide a study course to become a certified horticulturist, and we work with another group to put on an awesome green industry field day in the summer. I'll be doing one of the classes, so drive up to DC and watch a fat man melt while talking about plants in July.

    Which dovetails nicely with the OP's question - you can be successful without going to college for this. I majored in Sociology/Criminology at Miami U, and ten years later studied interior design for two years. Everything I've learned has been either on the job or from books, lectures, and bugging smart people to teach me. Now I teach classes about plants, design, and running a business.

    I will say though that if you CAN do school, it'll almost always jumpstart your career. I would never talk someone out of education, but if you can't swing it, don't think that means your career is over before it starts.
  5. Banksy

    Banksy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    This is purely a side business, (that hasn't really started) but I don't want to hack it either. I want to be able to answer questions on weed/grass identification, fert/pre-em stuff, why grass might be dying or not growing. I can cut a lawn and make it look mint, just don't ask me the what's and why's of that lawn yet. See what I mean?
  6. Banksy

    Banksy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    I'll give this place a call.

    I just learned two minutes ago that the City of Raleigh offers free classes from horticulture stuff to energy proofing your home. Good places to start.
  7. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
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  8. Banksy

    Banksy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    Thanks, man!
  9. ztman

    ztman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you want to work for in the industry as a professional or a manager, ie golf course superintendent, manage grounds and crew at upper end hotels and resorts, a degree is almost mandatory. If you are talking about a cutting operation not mandatory.
    What types of positions are you looking for, running your own operation or working for a company in the industry
  10. Banksy

    Banksy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    "The NC Turfgrass Short Course is designed to provide basic information to new professional turfgrass managers, and review and update for experienced turf managers. The course is taught once each year during the February/March time frame. "

    This sounds like what I need to attend, I think. I didn't see any dates though.

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