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Hardscaping Schools?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Marco09, Jan 25, 2006.

  1. Marco09

    Marco09 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 15

    Are there any hardscaping schools out there? I'm beginning to find out that the school OSU ATI, is basically teaching me plants and not the things I'm really interested in.(hardscapes, lighting, irrigation, etc.). Does anyone have any idears or advice?
  2. MarcusLndscp

    MarcusLndscp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 634

    Along with your education get a good summer job as an apprentice. When I was in school they taught us the theories and simple techniques for bases, patios, walls, slopes etc but that's all only a guideline. Once you're in the field everything changes. You will supplement your work with small pieces of info you learned in school but being in the field is almost never a textbook situation. You simply can't predict all the factors you're going to run into. Find a company who is reputable and doing quality work on a regular basis. Listen, watch and be willing to learn. Hardscaping is a trade that is best learned hands on.....IMO.
    By the way I am not saying school is a waste of time, it's a great foundation for your career. I'm glad I did it.
  3. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    Marco, Marcus is absolutely correct. Get the education from classes and books, but you will learn the most by doing. If you want an education in hardscape, lighting & irrigation, find an installer that does them all or better yet, work with specialists. If you are in a hurry to do it all, you will find yourself in a bad situation. Check with OSU to see if they have a continuing education or professional education department. Rutgers in NJ offers excellent short courses during the winter months that give you enough information to understand the basics and network with others in the fields you desire. Many of the dealers or manufacturers offer seminars either independently or along with trade shows. Pavetech, a manufacturer of paver installation tools and accesories does have a school that you can check out.

  4. jreiff

    jreiff LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 402

    Hate to highjack the thread, just wondering if anyone has taken the Pave Tech course from the web site that Dreams To Designs just posted???
  5. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,284

    I know of a real good school. The best part, it's free. It's a lot of hard work and you'd have to travel to PA. Let me know if you're interested.:)

    Seriously, Marcus gave you some good advice.
  6. Marco09

    Marco09 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 15

    mbella, if you could email me some info, for some reason i can't email you so yeah I'd like to learn more about the school your talking about. thanks!
  7. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,929

    Marco - He is referring to YOU working for HIM!

  8. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,284

  9. klkanders

    klkanders LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 849

    Hey Guys I think I have heard of that school! Isnt it UOHK?
  10. jreiff

    jreiff LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 402

    That's good comedy...

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