How to Become a Teen Landscaper

What Does a Teenage Landscaper do? 

As a teenage landscaper, you’ll spend the majority of your time cultivating and caring for the greenery outside of a business or a building. You will basically be helping people keep their lawns and backyards clean, whether it be a huge building to a small house. By doing this you will be planting new flowers, trees, or bushes, mowing, pulling weeds, installing and cleaning lawn furniture, and generally maintaining the outside of a building. A landscaper will spend a lot of time working outside and making things look pleasing, so it’s good to have a green thumb. You’ll get your hands dirty working on these things, so you might as well enjoy it!

How Much Does a Teenage Landscaper Get Paid?

As a teenage landscaper just getting started, you can expect to earn somewhere between $10-$15 per hour.  The biggest issue with this type of work is that it is quite physical. You will have to spend your entire day outside doing manual labor. Another issue is that it is extremely short term, if you are just starting. You will have to work your way up to long contracts, but right now it will be one day contracts. But if you start now and stick to it, you can make a landscaping business that will prosper and be successful. Big landscaping companies make a lot right now, and there is a need for them in the market.

How Can I Get Started as a Teenage Landscaper?

  1. Make sure that you speak to your parent(s) before trying to become a teen landscaper.  Doing so we’ll ensure your safety and they’ll likely be able to help you in your efforts.
  2. You’ll need to learn a couple of skills to be a successful landscaper. There are a couple of tools needed when landscaping, and you should learn how to use them to their full benefit to get the work done in the most efficient way. DIY Network has compiled a list of the most commonly used landscaping tools. You can then look through the list to see which ones you need and go to Amazon to purchase them.  Also, it wouldn’t hurt to learn skills like how to pull weeds the best way, or how to trim a bush.
  3. Once you have learned how all the skills necessary to become a landscaper, you should try to get certified. Certified landscapers are more likely to land a job, and it is an excellent investment of your time for better landscaping success in the future.  Don’t be afraid to take classes on landscaping in your community or neighborhood, these will help people understand that although you’re young, you know what you’re doing.
  4. Find a couple of good positions. Most people who are in need of landscapers will not be on big business websites, since it is your regular folk who need your service. You should try finding customers on sites like Craigslist. An alternative and efficient method is to go door-to-door. Go to every house in your neighborhood and ask if they need your landscaping service. This can be extremely effective since your customers will all be in your area, so you won’t have to commute to your customers.
  5. Once you’ve found an available position, apply! Show them your certification, if you have one, and don’t be afraid to show off some of your skills. Clients will also be looking for athletic landscapers since they can have more stamina when doing their job, and they can do their physical job more effectively. Don’t be afraid to tell them of your strengths. If you don’t get accepted at first, don’t be discouraged; you will land a position eventually.
  6. Congrats, you’re officially a landscaper. It will take a good amount of time to earn money, but everyone starts from somewhere, and this is a great experience building job. If you stick to this job, and form your own company, you will have no difficulty in the future making money, and being successful.

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REQUIRED RESOURCES

  • DIYNetwork.com:  A list of all of the most common landscaping tools to help you understand what you'll need.
  • Amazon.com: An online store that gives you numerous options for tools to purchase and has the largest selection available.
  • Craigslist.com: This website will help you find landscaping jobs in your local area.