Many times a Groundskeeper is required to do more than take care of the plants, trees, and lawn. In some areas where there is snow and ice a Groundskeeper may do snow removal service during the winter months in order to keep the business going all year long. In northern climate summer does not last long and winter takes over making it necessary for a Groundskeeper to do winter chores like clearing driveways and sidewalks of snow. Some Groundskeeper have contracts with businesses that keep trees and plants inside the building so the Groundskeeper must take care of the inside areas.
Other Groundskeepers maintain lawn furniture by repairing or painting it for the consumer. Often after a long hard winter parks need to be cleaned and reset for the spring and summer season. The Groundskeepers bring out the benches and picnic tables. The Groundskeepers may paint them for the season or wash them down before putting them in place. Parks keep playground equipment for children and the Groundskeeper will make sure that this equipment is cleaned and maintenance is done. The Playground equipment must be made safe before the children can play again. A Groundskeeper may work in parks while others may work in schools or zoos where the ground and the equipment need attention to be kept for the season or all year long.
The Golf Courses often need a Groundskeeper to maintain the fairway. The golfers expect the lawn to be maintained in a certain manner. The Groundskeeper may need to lay new sod in order to make it good for golfing. The small ponds need to be cleaned of any debris that could have accumulated over the winter. The Golf Course needs attention all year long so during the summer Groundskeepers often take care of the lawn and the surrounding areas of the Golf Course.
Golf Courses are not the only sporting arena that a Groundskeeper attends, baseball, football, soccer and other outdoor sporting events all require the service of a Groundskeeper. Many times after the event the ground needs to be resodded in order for the sporting event to take place again. The Groundskeeper in these cases often rolls out a carpet of sod filled with grass. The Groundskeepers has a lot of work to keep the ground in prime condition for these sporting events.
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