# How Do Landscapers Use Math?

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When you think about what a landscaper does every day, you probably picture physical labor: planting trees, laying patio bricks and trimming bushes. You probably do not think about math as being a factor in the job. In reality, math is an integral part of the everyday duties of a landscaper.

## Determining Yard Size

When a landscaper starts a project, the first things he must do are measure the yard and determine square footage. This requires the abilities to read a tape measure and to multiply numbers.

## Creating Scale Drawings

Once the landscaper knows the size of the space, she will create a scale drawing of the property to sketch the layout of plants, trees, paths and patios. This requires the use of division and fractions.

## Ordering Supplies

After deciding what type of landscaping to do, he must determine how many supplies to order. For example, if he is creating a 10-by-10-foot patio using square-foot patio bricks, he must use multiplication and division to determine how many bricks to order.

## Making a Budget

Landscapers must give estimates to prospective customers before beginning a project. This means she must use math skills to add up the total cost of all supplies she will need as well as travel and labor costs.

## Sticking to a Budget

The landscaper needs to stick to his budget carefully to make a profit. He will need to keep a careful list of all expenses and add them up daily to be sure he is following his estimated costs.

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R.J. Bowman has a Bachelor's degree in accounting with a minor in English from Pensacola Christian College. After college, she taught English to seventh graders until becoming a mom. At that time, she found freelance writing to be a great way to keep her writing skills sharp.

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