education in lawn care

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by touhey33, May 14, 2004.

  1. touhey33

    touhey33 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    How many of you have degrees in or related to lawn care, is it important to have a degree to start your own lawn care business, i will have a bachelors degree, but it is not related to the lawn care industry. Should i consider pursing an education in the field.


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  2. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,128

    I am in the middle of obtaining my bachelor's degree in criminal justice. It come in handy when a client tries to tell me the law or the city ordinance. As far as getting a degree in agriculture or turf grass management, it would probably depend on if this is what you plan to do for the remainder of your life. I am going to law school after get my bachelor's degree but I will probably own my business until I die. I love it and want to expand. I do alot of research about the industry, I study plants and grasses, irrigation, water conservation, fertilization and soil in my spare time in order to be proficient and knowledgeable about what I am doing. I wouldn't say it is a must have to get a degree in this industry. I don't think it would hurt anything if you did though. Maybe think about making horticulture or agriculture your minor if you haven't already gotten that far into your degree plan yet.
  3. Trevors Lawn Care

    Trevors Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,180

    I think i am just going to take two or three classes at the local community college, so i have an understanding of what i am doing. I am going to business school come fall, so that will help in the business end of the work, but not really the knowledge part.

    i dont think it would hurt anything
  4. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    you will learn more on lawnsite, and with hands on, than any school .
  5. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    Education is a great thing.................
    But,there is a big difference between knowledge and wisdom.
    Knowledge is just a bunch of facts................wisdom is knowing how to make use of those facts.That part can't be learned in classroom.
  6. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    very well put dv
  7. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    Very true DVM.

    The best education you can get (negative and positive) is to go and work for someone else for a few months. First you will find out if you can hang before you buy equipment.

    You will also get to try out some equipment brands and see if you like them. You get to burn the cr@p out of someone elses accounts while you learn to line trim.
    All kinds of things like why it is important to maintain equipment. Why you don't let the dumbest guy on the crew make the mix gas.

    Think of it as free anti stupidity insurance with an education they are paying you for.
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Well, I think having a degree related to the Green Industry is extremely helpful. What may be even more helpful is having a degree in a business related field. Running a mower, doing installs, and landscaping vs. running a business is not exactly the need different skills.
  9. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    Well said DV, just like in football, all the plays look pretty in the playbook, but you don't know what will work until your out on the field playing.

    "Knowledge is knowing how to do something"

    " Wisdom is knowing how to do it right, the first time "
  10. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    But then again, education is never a bad thing !

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