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Effective: Summer 2017
HORT 52CHORTICULTURE PRACTICES: PLANT INSTALLATION & MAINTENANCE3 Unit(s)

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 will be able to:
  1. evaluate the health and value of nursery stock to be planted in the landscape.
  2. practice and achieve proficiency in the safe handling of various landscape maintenance equipment, including hand tools and power equipment.
  3. demonstrate skills required for proper pruning of various species of trees and shrubs.
  4. plant and transplant trees, shrubs, and perennials.
  5. recognize and evaluate various planting and post-planting techniques in order to select the most appropriate method for care of a given plant species.
  6. identify routine maintenance requirements and special problems in several different landscape settings.
  7. 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 in order to determine plant health (Lec)
  2. Demonstrate proper use and maintenance of landscape tools, including: (Lab)
    1. Hand equipment
    2. Power equipment
  3. Prune trees and shrubs (Lec and Lab)
    1. Heading back
    2. Thinning
    3. Drop crotch cuts
    4. Renewal pruning
    5. Rejuvenation pruning
    6. Decorative pruning
  4. Install plant material (Lec and Lab)
    1. Bare root material
    2. Container material
    3. Balled and burlapped material
    4. Boxed material
  5. Demonstrate techniques and procedures of post-planting care, involved in: (Lab)
    1. Plant material installation
    2. Transplanting
    3. Staking
    4. Mulching
  6. Engage in routine maintenance procedures and practices (Lec)
    1. Fertilizing
    2. Irrigating
    3. Soil management
    4. Chemical growth control
  7. Planting techniques utilized by different cultures
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Lab exercises
  2. Midterm
  3. Written plant report
  4. Final examination
  5. Participation through attendance
Representative Text(s) -
Gilman, Edward, F. An Illustrated Guide to Pruning. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Cengage Learning, 2011. (This book is a seminal text in horticultural pruning.)

Disciplines -
Ornamental Horticulture
 
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lectures.
  2. Discussions.
  3. Lab activities.
  4. Guest speakers.
  5. Assigned reading activities.
  6. Self-guided research.
 
Lab Content -
  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. Writing assignments include:
    1. Topical white papers
  3. Other:
    1. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.
    2. Guest speakers from industry will provide supplemental lecture and demonstration.