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45-2092.01 - Nursery Workers

Work in nursery facilities or at customer location planting, cultivating, harvesting, and transplanting trees, shrubs, or plants.

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  • Hauls and spreads topsoil, fertilizer, peat moss, and other materials to condition soil, using wheelbarrow or cart and shovel.
  • Digs, rakes, and screens soil and fills cold frames and hot beds to prepare them for planting.
  • Sows grass seed or plants plugs of grass and cuts, rolls, and stacks sod.
  • Plants, sprays, weeds, and waters plants, shrubs, and trees, using hand tools and gardening tools.
  • Cuts and opens incision in rootstock, using budding knife, and inserts and ties bud.
  • Fills growing tanks with water.
  • Inspects bud tie to ensure quality.
  • Moves containerized shrubs, plants, and trees, using wheelbarrow.
  • Traps and destroys pests, such as moles, gophers, and mice, using pesticides.
  • Ties, bunches, wraps roots, and packs flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees to fill orders.
  • Folds and staples corrugated forms to make boxes used for packing horticultural products.
  • Dips rose cuttings into vat to disinfect prior to storage.


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