Working at a plant nursery can be an exciting job. You get to spend the entire day with plants enjoying the warmth of the greenhouse and it can be a very relaxing job too. Whether you are thinking about this type of job or have recently become employed by a plant nursery, the following tips might come in handy. Here are 5 tips for those working at nurseries.
5 Learn to Notice the Signs of Pests and Disease
The quicker you can nip either of these in the bud, the better off the plants will be. Having a severe break out of any type of pests, fungus, or disease can be detrimental to a nursery.
It is important to be aware of the signs of pests and diseases when working at a nursery. Pests and diseases can cause serious damage to plants, and catching them early is essential for protecting the plants. Common signs of pests include yellowing or wilting leaves, small holes in the leaves or stems, and spots or discoloration on the leaves. Diseases can also cause yellowing or wilting of leaves, as well as stunted growth, discoloration, and wilting of the flowers.
It is important to inspect the plants regularly for signs of pests and diseases. If any signs are spotted, it is important to take action quickly to prevent the spread. This could include removing infected plants, using insecticides or fungicides, or adjusting the watering and fertilizing schedule. Regular pruning can also help to reduce the spread of pests and diseases, as it removes any diseased or dead material.
In addition, it is important to practice good hygiene at the nursery. This includes washing hands before and after handling plants, wearing protective clothing, and cleaning tools regularly. This can help to reduce the spread of pests and diseases, as well as any other contaminants.
Finally, it is important to be aware of the plants’ environment.
4 Protect Your Skin
Most likely you will be outside and interacting with plants you’ve possibly never seen before. Sunblock is the key to preventing a severe burn, but this should be common sense. Wearing long sleeves and light cotton gloves should be enough to keep your skin protected against any plants that may irritate it.
When working at a nursery, it is important to protect your skin from the environment. Sunblock is essential to preventing sunburn, but wearing long-sleeved shirts and light cotton gloves can help protect your skin from any plants that may cause irritation.
In addition to sunblock and protective clothing, it is also important to stay hydrated. Working in a nursery can be physically demanding and you will need to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and energized. If you are outside for long periods of time, you should also wear a hat to protect your face from the sun and shade your eyes from any bright light.
It is also important to take safety precautions when working in a nursery. Make sure to wear closed-toe shoes to protect your feet from any sharp objects or tools. Be aware of your surroundings and watch out for any insects or other animals that may be present. If you come across any poisonous plants, be sure to wear gloves and take extra care when handling them.
3 Be Prepared for Lots of Laborious Tasks
You will be lifting bags of soil, carrying hoses for watering the plants, moving seedlings around from one building to the next, and you might eve be shoveling mulch or sand too. Make sure you are up for this type of work. A strong back and lack of laziness are two key attributes you will need.
2 Don’t Take Plants without Asking
Just because a plant looks sickly and you think it might be ready for the garbage, don’t take it home without asking first. I worked at a nursery when I was in college and the owner was more than willing to let workers take home plants that looked rather down in the dumps, as long as he was consulted first.
1 Be Familiar with the Plants You Are Working with
I find it frustrating when I ask a worker at a nursery a question about the plant I have in my hand and the worker stares at me blankly. Know what types of plants you have in stock and what their likes and dislikes are. Trust me; people purchasing plants will greatly appreciate your knowledgeable answers.
Out of these 5 tips, do you find any that are useful?
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