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Effective: Fall 2012

Advisory: Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in HORT 15 strongly recommended.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Demonstrate skills required for proper pruning of various species of trees and shrubs.
  • Plant trees and shrubs.
Description -
Horticultural principles and practices for management of plants and gardens. Proper selection and maintenance of trees, shrubs, and ground covers. Fine gardening techniques used by landscape gardeners. Transplanting and planting containerized and boxed plant material. Preparation of planting areas and post-planting care of landscape plants. Techniques for pruning of various species. Operation of equipment and tools used in gardening.

Course Objectives -
The student should be able to:
  1. evaluate the health and value of nursery stock to be planted in the landscape.
  2. demonstrate skills required for proper pruning of various species of trees and shrubs.
  3. recognize and evaluate various planting and post-planting techniques in order to select the most appropriate method for care of a given plant species.
  4. practice and achieve proficiency in the safe handling of various landscape maintenance equipment including hand tools and power equipment.
  5. identify routine maintenance requirements and special problems in several different landscape settings
  6. employ methods necessary to carry out proper maintenance procedures on plant material.
  7. preparation of planting areas including soil modification.
  8. transplant trees, shrubs, and perennials.
  9. plant trees, shrubs, and perennials.
  10. recognize the variety of planting techniques used in different cultures around the world.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory, greenhouse, and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves and clothing for fieldwork.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Study of natural and directed plant growth and form
  2. Pruning procedures including selection and safe handling of tools used for specific jobs
  3. Process of proper plant selection for specific landscape sites
    1. Determination of climate
    2. Climate modification techniques
    3. Planting site evaluation
  4. Techniques and procedures involved in:
    1. Plant material installation
    2. Transplanting
    3. Staking
    4. Mulching
  5. Routine maintenance procedures and practices
    1. Fertilizing
    2. Irrigating
    3. Soil management
    4. Chemical growth control
    5. Diagnosis and correction of plant problems
  6. Plant area preparation
    1. Planting site preparation
    2. Tilling and digging beds
    3. Soil modification
  7. Planting techniques utilized by different cultures
Methods of Evaluation -
Methods of evaluation used for this course will include:
  1. Lab exercises
  2. Midterm
  3. Written plant report
  4. Final examination
  5. Participation through attendance
Representative Text(s) -
Ortho, Ortho's All About Pruning, Ortho, 1999.

Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
Method of Instruction -
Methods of instruction will include:
  1. Lectures.
  2. Participate in discussions.
  3. Engage in lab activities.
  4. Guest speakers.
  5. Engage in small group discussions.
  6. Read assigned reading activities.
  7. Perform self-guided research.
Lab Content -
Lab content will include:
  1. Plant anatomy and physiology review.
  2. Pruning basics.
    1. Shearing
    2. Pinching
    3. Renewal
    4. Rejuvenation
    5. Drop crotch
    6. Decorative techniques
  3. Planting and post-planting care activities.
    1. Plant preparation
    2. Plant hole preparation
    3. Planting bare root stock
    4. Planting containerized stock
    5. Planting boxed stock
    6. Deep watering
    7. Mulching
    8. Staking
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 30-50 pages per week from assigned text. Supplemental reading will be provided in hand-out form or through reference to on-line resources.
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.
  3. Guest speakers from industry will provide supplemental lecture and demonstration.
  4. Writing assignments include:
    1. topical white papers