What Will gardening Jobs Be Like In The Next 50 Years
Gardening has been around for centuries, and over time some things have changed, but ultimately the overall task has not. We all know what has happened in gardening jobs in the last 50 years or more but What Will gardening Jobs Be Like In The Next 50 Years?
Gardening jobs will always be in demand, nature is the reason for this as things grow and this growth needs to be managed and controlled. Nature itself will not change but how gardeners garden may well change or improve. Tasks may become easier, some jobs could disappear, and new tasks could be created. Training for the continually changing world of gardening will become more important, understanding the basic and reasons why or how things grow remains but managing this with new techniques becomes vital for modern gardening.
In 50 years plants will most likely change, disease resistant plants will become more prevalent but likewise, pesticide resistant diseases could well find themselves on the increase. In Europe a disease that has already started to change the landscape of gardening is Xylella that has decimated many orchards. In the next half-century greater awareness of more ferocious diseases will become a priority. What can, cannot, should and should not be planted where, how and why will become something even DIY gardeners need to become more aware of and jobs created t support this could be something we all see. Clearly, gardening advice services will become of greater importance and gardening apps that require the knowledge and expertise of horticulturalists could well be on the rise.
Some jobs won’t change, and there will, of course, be jobs we will be glad to see the back of. Automated mowing, for example, could become the way of the future. Controlled by drones by someone sat on the other side of the world, lawns and even fairways on golf courses could see mowing change. For this gardeners soon need to secure a drone pilots licence.
Technology could well play a role in garden design and planting. Improvements in weather forecasting could well change how and when we garden. Plant technology and genetics could become more important, especially in commercial gardening where plants need to be more hardy or fast growing. Pesticides and the control of chemicals in gardening will become something of more concern with greener solutions being continuously sought.
Climate change will most certainly play a part in the development of gardening in 50 years. As the seasons seem to be changing with wetter, colder winters and warmer drier summers and also moving from what was once perceived as “the season” to another time of year gardening jobs will change around this. Summers and Winters could get longer or shorter requiring subtle changes in tasks such as sowing, nurturing and watering. Water could become a scarce commodity and more water-friendly gardening may have to be the norm.
It is difficult to predict what gardening jobs will look like in 50 years. We can for certain say that some of the gardening jobs of today were not the same or did not exist 50 years ago. Technology improves, plants evolve (either naturally or through science) and as well all know the climate is changing. Whatever happens one thing is know for sure, the gardeners of tomorrow need the training and skills to ensure gardens remain looking as good as everyone expects them too.