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Planting, trimming and caring for the natural areas surrounding houses, businesses, and parks to keep them looking good – groundskeepers make it happen.
Most groundskeepers need no formal education and are trained on the job. You may require special licensing to apply pesticides and fertilizers.
You’ll need to be capable of doing physically strenuous labor outside for long hours, sometimes in extreme heat or cold. You must be self-motivated because you’ll often work with little supervision and must be able to do your job independently. Visualization is important as groundskeepers must have the ability to imagine how plants, trees, shrubs, and other landscaping will look before planting or trimming.
You’ll typically be comfortable using and maintaining a variety of complex equipment, including advanced mowers, trimmers, blowers and other tools.
At the five-year mark, you’ll be comfortable understanding more complex groundskeeping challenges and will likely be planning maintenance schedules and how to best apply your skills to different situations.
At this point in your career, you’ll be able to handle the maintenance of any type of area or even move into management. Some groundskeepers use their experience to start their own landscaping companies after 10 years. This may be an option you want to pursue.