YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – If you like a nice lawn, but don’t want to do the work, one simple phone call can get a landscaper to do the job.
DelliQuadri Lawn Maintenance and Landscaping Contractors has 50 employees at multiple sites every day.
“I enjoy being outside, doing something different every day,” Carmine DelliQuadri said of the gig.
While there is a demand for landscapers, the work can be physically tough. There is no air conditioning, and you’re always battling the elements. In addition, the job entails pleasing your customers as well as your boss, said DelliQuadri.
“Employees that show commitment is more important than talent and strength. The ones that can come to work every single day and do what they’re asked are very valuable,” he said.
Landscaping works best with a supporting cast of people. Crews are segregated into different types of work — from mulching, mowing, dropping fertilizer, planting and even some outdoor flooring work. The idea is to keep the job consistent, so the workers gain a good understanding of their specialty.
“There is a lot of variety… even within the mowing. They go somewhere different every day,” said DelliQuadri, adding that crossover work is possible.
A landscaper saves their customers time, so they can focus on more enjoyable activities. DelliQuadri said landscapers want to enjoy the daylight, too, so it’s not necessarily a dawn-to-dusk type of job.
“For the lawn mowing and maintenance-type of stuff, we try to keep it under 45 hours per week. For this type of work with the construction, it has gone to six days a week.”
DelliQuadri added that some summer helps as they work through the busy season. Because landscaping is heavily team-oriented, the company mainly looks for dedicated, loyal employees to join its team.
Delliquadri added that there is room to learn and grow.
“We’re always looking for new talent, new workers. You don’t have to know what you’re doing,” he said.
For more information on available jobs and requirements, go to the Ohio Means Jobs website.