Horticultural workers prepare seedbeds, transfer plants to containers, move container plants around the worksite, till the soil, and unload shipments of packaged soil and other gardening products. They may also propagate new plants through grafting and other measures, as well as prune plants and trees.
Wearing protective gear like dust masks, safety glasses and protective clothing is essential to the horticultural worker's job. The use of fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals exposes horticultural workers to substances that may be harmful. Caution when using gardening equipment and tools is also necessary for horticulture workers to avoid injury.