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How to become and arborist?

The field of landscape and gardening is a broad and exciting field with many different areas. I have worked in many of these areas and enjoy working with nature by installing, growing and maintaining plants, trees, shrubs, grasses and so on. However, in this article, we will be looking at the job of an arborist, what are their responsibilities, and how to become certified.

The job of an arborist

The job of an arborist is to maintain trees and shrubs keeping them well pruned where they don’t interfere with power lines, become a security hazard in the case of blocking areas that should be visible to the public, blocking road signs, and other hazards that may endanger the lives of people.

An arborist also keeps trees and shrubs well groomed so they can maintain their natural appearance thereby improving their health, flower and fruit productions.

This is a great field that presents many opportunities, but in order to work as an arborist, specialized training is needed to caring out your responsibilities in a safe and a professional way.

Tools of arborist

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The ornamental pest control business

If you have a love for working outdoors and giving mother nature a helping hand then ornamental pest control is the right job for you. I have spent some 20 plus years in the field of landscape and gardening and have worked in many different areas which include

landscape design and installation, landscape maintenance, nurseryman, interior plant scape design and installation, interior plant maintenance, irrigation and so on, but one area that I really loved was working as a plant pest technician.

For me, it was a joy to learn the many aspects that relate to this field. The requirements for this field is as followed.Costway home garden

Job knowledge

1.Knowing plant names and basic care of a plant.

2.Having a knowledge of plant nutrients and how these nutrients benefit plants.

3.Knowing the names of host insects and how to identify them. Host insects are insects that attack or feed on plants of their choice, for example, mealy bugs may feed on croton plant but not on the Indian rubber plant. Indian rubber plants have their own host (pest) insects.

4. Having a knowledge of these host insects, such as knowing their life cycle along with their feeding habits and when they are most active. Here are some insects that you may find in your garden.

5. Knowing which measures to take to decrease their population.

6. Identifying and treating plant disease.

7. Having a knowledge of chemicals.

8. Knowing how to apply chemicals and the best time to apply them.

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What do I need to have an interior plantscape business?

Startup Cost: $1000-$1500

Home Base: You can start part time and go full time once you have enough clients

Training: There are online courses that you can take, on the job training or self- taught by purchasing books

Let’s get rolling

If you love working with plants and also with nature interior plant scape is for you. I worked as an interior plantscape technician for many years and I really loved working with plants. My training came from right there on the job where I was placed with several interior plant scape technician

I enjoyed learning the many different names of plants along with how to care for them, but my greatest delight was going in different areas of the five- star resort that I worked for and create the most beautiful

plant designs, bringing total change or transformation to those areasCostway home garden

Job responsibilities

As an interior plant scape technician your responsibilities include plant design, learning the different names of plants, learning their water and fertilizing requirements, knowing the differences between high maintenance and low maintenance plants, knowing which pest feeds on which plants, and identifying them so that you would be able to know what to use. Here is some additional information on interior plant scape that can also help

and what measures to take in getting rid of them, ( pesticides). Also knowing the requirements of plants as far as lighting is a concern. Example some plants survives in low to medium light while others survive in medium to high lighting and also installing and extracting plants.

Tools needed

1. A vehicle – Van, Truck, Jeep is good or you can start off with a car.

2. Pruners, 2 is good.

3. water jug.

4. water tank, depending on the size of job and distance you may have to travel to service each plant.

5. dusters to clean plants, 2 is good.

6. Scissors.

7. Probe or moisture meter to test the soil’s moisture to see if the plant needs water at the time of service.

8. A few bags of fertilizers for indoor plants. Examples of quick and slow release fertilizers.

Example of how this business works

If you are servicing an office building that has let’s say 10 plants and the contract is set at $15.00 per visit and it takes you about 15-20 minutes to service that office, but the contract is also set at 4 visit within that month that means you would make $60.00 for that month. Office visit once per week at $15.00 x 4 visits=$60.00 per month and if the contract is set at  $25 per visit x 4 visits per month that = $200.00 for the month.

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