Horticultural tradespersons maintain plants and planted areas, construct horticultural features and apply treatments to enhance plant growth and control pests.
Duties & Tasks
Horticultural tradespeople may perform the following tasks:identify and correct soil deficienciesidentify and treat pests and diseases affecting plantsprepare fields, garden beds or lawn areas by cultivating soil and adding fertilisers and compostuse growth regulators and other chemicalsread landscape plans and construct rockeries, paths or pondsplant and transplant flowers, shrubs, trees and lawnsmaintain gardens by fertilising and trimming plants and ensuring that they are receiving adequate water prune trees and hedges to promote their health and increase the attractiveness of plantsthin out, hoe, irrigate and fertilise cropsmaintain lawn and grass areas using machinery, fertilisers and chemicalsservice equipment such as tools, lawn mowers and heavy machineryoperate and install irrigation and drainage systemsplan and supervise the daily activities of other workersdevelop long-term plans, set budgets and manage the financial aspects of the organisation or business.
Horticultural tradespeople usually work outdoors and in all kinds of weather. Some of the work is physically demanding as it involves bending, lifting and the use of machinery such as tractors, rollers and edging machines. Protective clothing must be used when handling fertilisers and pesticides, and to prevent injury while using machinery.
- enjoy practical and mechanical activities able to undertake manual and heavy work able to work safely with chemicals and machinery able to work for long hours able to work outdoors in all sorts of weather conditions.