Landscape Contracting

Landscape Contracting is designed to provide the student with the first two years of the four-year landscape contracting program at Mississippi State University leading to the Bachelor of Science in landscape contracting and management.

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The program includes three summer semesters of internship with an approved landscape contracting company, so students should remain in contact with the appropriate department at Mississippi State University to provide a seamless transition. Students who successfully complete this curriculum are eligible for the Associate of Arts degree.

In order to become a landscape contractor, you need to take a post-secondary education program in landscaping. This type of program is typically one to two years in length. The courses required include studies of native plants, soil, water drainage and long-term plant health. Additional courses are required to obtain certification in the operation of construction equipment. Landscape contractors often use this type of equipment.

What can I expect from a career in Landscape Contracting?
A landscape contractor is the person responsible for the physical work of landscaping. These contractors create the suitable ground conditions, install plants and shrubs, and recommend stones and gravel. All these items must be suitable for the location and intended use.

Landscaping and grounds maintenance contractors and managers perform some or all of the following duties:
Plan, organize, direct and control the operations of landscaping, interior plantscaping, lawn care and tree service establishments

  • Tender bids on contracts for landscaping and grounds maintenance work
  • Plan and estimate the materials and labor requirements for individual contracts
  • Organize and direct the planting and maintenance of trees, gardens, lawns, shrubs and hedges and the construction and installation of fences, decks, patios, walkways and retaining walls
  • Hire and supervise staff
  • Maintain financial and personnel records.

How much can I earn? What is the job outlook?

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