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Tree Surgeon

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.
  • Working conditions
    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.
    Personal requirements
  • 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.
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