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Landscape Career – Best Choice Ever

Written by Jacob Lichty, Intern

Growing up every kid has a dream. Mine was always to be a professional hockey player.  I carried that with me from mites through high school to juniors.  But being an Iowa hockey player was no easy task. The prices to play the sport went through the roof. As I got older, the cost to play increased.

I started working in landscaping with my dad to help cover those costs.  He taught me how to be more efficient in work to get through more jobs at a quicker pace.

My first job was when I was 14 years old… a small irrigation job.  It was the first job that really grabbed my attention in landscaping. I could never figure out what quite grabbed my interest about it, but I loved the feeling of it all coming together and seeing a finished project.

Over the next several years I jumped around jobs doing anything from working at a hockey rink to working at a grocery store. The one thing that remain consistent through those years was I was always doing landscaping anytime I had free time. No matter how busy I was with my other jobs, I found time to go out and landscape.

National Collegiate Landscape Competition – Provo, Utah 2017

National Collegiate Landscape Competition – Provo, Utah 2017

After changing majors several times, my parents insisted I focus on just one.   My passions….music, being outdoors, building patios, and retaining walls. My dad said, “If that’s the case, you should look into landscaping as a career!”  At the time, I didn’t know you could have a career in landscaping. And the rest is history. I’m in it for life.

I have one year left of school at Hawkeye Community College in Iowa.  For summer 2017, I have an internship with a great company with amazing people and doing a job I love.  To this day, I am grateful my dad steered me toward landscaping.

I would recommend landscaping to anyone who loves being outdoors.  It is never dull.  Every day is different.  Did landscaping choose me or did I choose landscaping? I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

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