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Gardeners and lawn cutters

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I have a 30-minute commute each way, and I spend the bulk of that time listening to books on tape. This morning I finished Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” where firemen are charged with setting fires (to books) instead of putting them out. It’s a portrait of a dystopian world where books are seen as a threat to society.

This post, apart from being an excuse for me to use the word dystopian, let’s me highlight a quote from the end of the book, where Bradbury talks about the difference between craftsmen and technicians.

The difference between the lawn cutter and the gardener is in the touching.

His point is that a gardener takes care of plants, enriches them and improves the environment he oversees. A lawn cutter, on the other hand, runs his mower roughshod over everything in his path.

Maybe I’m simplifying things a bit, but I think a gardener, by Bradbury’s definition, would bring more value to a landscape, and customers would pay more for it.


March 11th, 2011 at 8:16 am

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  1. depends on clients and they do some pay gardners $35+hr to care for the weeding and flowers they have few tools we mow hole lawn for $50 and bring $20,000 in tools to do the job mower blowers trimmer edger and a back up machine some place


    16 Mar 11 at 4:54 pm

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