I worked summers as a teenager for a guy who lived in my parents neighborhood. Mostly running the Lawn Boy, trimming and walking around with a backpack blower. After 3 years of doing that part time, I went to work for a local nursery and spent 5 years as part of the installation team. Got to the point where the designers would pretty much let me go to it because I had proven my abilities. That's when I decided to go to school for landscape design. Got 2 years of schooling in before I left school, got married, bought a house, and had kids. I hope to go finish that degree in the next few years, but hands on experience has been my biggest asset so far.