The landscape industry is having trouble finding workers, an issue I’ve seen coming for years. When I began my career in 1980 I encountered few hispanic workers, and as I moved up the ladder and had to hire my crew it was my lot to comb through American – born applicants.
Even in the early 1980’s it was difficult to find motivated young men willing to perform the arduous landscape labor, and turnover was high. We worked four ten-hour days and my crews had to pull Saturdays, so I had to deal with many hangover-related issues.
I spent the last five years working for a non-profit that employed disabled people, so not only did I have the usual headaches of finding willing staff, but they had to possess a level of disability in order to be eligible.