Upkeep is a very important part of any sort of landscaping employed anywhere. As time progresses, the landscape architecture begins to overgrow and overwhelm the area being beautified. If not rectified, initial input of arranging the landscape is later laid to waste. It is important to have people who know how to sustain landscape that is initially implemented and designed to enhance the look of a property. Sustaining the landscape of an area is difficult, and it takes knowledgeable people to upkeep beautifying performed on a property.
Working as landscape fellow with a couple years of previous landscaping experience, carrying my experience to the Shi Center, I believed I had relatively valuable knowledge of implementing and sustaining landscaping of a property. I was wrong. My boss Sue Black proved my knowledge relatively inadequate for the job of assisting her with her job of keeping up with the area around the Shi Center. Tremendous knowledge of everything from plants, to trees, to water systems is used to competently do the job of preserving the Shi Center. My minor knowledge of grading, irrigation, and trenching proved mostly useless for the job at hand. I had to adapt ways to get the jobs assigned by Sue done, and learn about the many families of plants and trees to better my understanding of landscape architects’ method to their madness. Years of knowledge by Sue Black is employed to keep the Shi Center beautiful, I learn, every day from Mrs. Black, invaluable knowledge of landscaping methods and techniques to assist in my future endeavors in landscaping.
Every Day duties I engaged in included weeding, raking leaves, pruning, and other general upkeep activities. Some joked that by the end of my work, my middle name would be weed. This was not an understatement. Tink was an excellent supervisor to my daily duties as numerous hours of weeding were done to keep the weeds at bay from areas that are affected by them. All the aforementioned activities are crucial in keeping the Shi Center looking so incredible, which is one reason Landscaping is such an enjoyable enterprise. Sue Black had techniques that were outstanding, and decimated the workload. Techniques Sue taught me included a faster weeding technique, and a quick way of pruning plants that might normally take hours. One impressive bit of knowledge Sue taught me was about the pump for the pond. The contraption looks menacing when first encountering it, but when Sue showed me the workings of the machine, it was not so much. Props to Sue for knowing how to run the instrument! It is impressive! To sum up, When attempting to sustain a property, one must be equipped with multiple methods and techniques that allow for easier and more efficient upkeep.
Fall is the season of leaves and cold. So many leaves falling pose a challenge of having to collect the leaves for disposal for beauty purposes, as well as safety purposes. It may seem like a trivial matter that the leaves are piling up on the ground around the Shi Center, but it is not. Sue points out the harmfulness of the buildup as the leaves kill the grass if built up, and people could feasibly slip and fall on the leaves. Cold is another factor that is generally prevalent in the fall. Plants must be properly prepared for the temperatures that could theoretically kill them with cold. Expert knowledge of the leaves and the cold keep the public safe, and the plants alive through the fall season.
As the semester winds down, I find myself learning about an eclectic mass of information pertaining to the landscaping business. This Knowledge, if applied, can be used by me to better my understanding of landscaping, and better my use of the knowledge. Guided by Sue Black, I have learned proper methods to many workings around the Shi Center. Landscape upkeep is hard, and the knowledgeable Sue Black is one of the people who keep the property of the Shi Center looking immaculate for the visitors and workers.
By: Darrin Anderson