Many people think a career as a landscape professional involves cutting grass and pruning bushes. While those are certainly important tasks within the industry, the industry encompasses so much more than those entry-level responsibilities. Most professionals point to the Five P’s that are much more defining of the industry: people, passion, plants, progression, and pride.
First and foremost, the landscape industry is a people business. Those initially entering the industry work in teams, or crews, to accomplish essential tasks. They work together, supporting one another on jobs, solving problems collectively and achieving goals as a group. Managers are responsible for mentoring those with whom they work, motivating and encouraging them, recognizing their strengths and training them for career advancement. The sales team interact with customers and build relationships based on competencies, trust, and respect.
Passion is something all landscape professionals have. Generally, that passion is best seen in their love for the outdoors. Professionals are also passionate about the environment and take great strides to protect and enhance it. They delight in the knowledge that the landscapes they create provide food and shelter for wildlife, purify the air we breathe, provide oxygen, and protect our nation’s waterways. They are passionate about the positive difference they make on people and the places they live, work and play.
It takes knowledge, skill, and expertise to bring out the full aesthetic and environmental benefits offered by plants. There are thousands of plant species – grasses, flowers, shrubs and trees – that all have unique needs to thrive and different ailments that can negatively affect them. Landscape professionals talk regularly about the satisfaction they receive in taking empty, unmanaged spaces and creating beautiful, healthy lawns and landscapes – rich in color and texture – for people to enjoy.
Most everything we do has a progression. Careers in the landscape industry have building blocks as well.Those entering the field right out of high school are often assigned entry level roles on a crew and find that a strong work ethic, listening, learning and drive are quickly rewarded with opportunities to learn and grow professionally.
The fifth “p” is reserved for pride. Landscape professionals are proud of their work.They are proud their work positively impacts families, communities, and the environment. They know the lawns, trees, and lush landscapes they care for are the root of happiness for some of life’s most cherished memories. Their work makes us happy and it makes us healthier as landscapes clean the air, protect against diseases transmitted by insects, and help us reduce stress.
Eichenlaub Inc. is a full service, design-build landscape construction & maintenance firm that has been providing award winning service to residences and businesses in the greater Pittsburgh area for over 4 0 years. All made possible by our incredible team. We provide an environment where the employee can grow and benefit from working with our company. For those who decide to take the initiative to go above and beyond their basic duties; they will expand their knowledge and skills of the industry and be rewarded for doing so.