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 deficiencies
identify and treat pests and diseases affecting plants
prepare fields, garden beds or lawn areas by cultivating soil and adding fertilisers and compost
use growth regulators and other chemicals
read landscape plans and construct rockeries, paths or ponds
plant and transplant flowers, shrubs, trees and lawns
maintain 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 plants
thin out, hoe, irrigate and fertilise crops
maintain lawn and grass areas using machinery, fertilisers and chemicals
service equipment such as tools, lawn mowers and heavy machinery
operate and install irrigation and drainage systems
plan and supervise the daily activities of other workers
develop 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.