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Effective: Fall 2011

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
9 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. This course meets 2 times per quarter. (15 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • List basic terms associated with pruning.
  • Describe wide variety of methods utilized in pruning plants.
Description -
Methods of pruning deciduous and evergreen plant materials. Emphasis on pruning common landscape plants, fruit trees, and roses. Selection of suitable pruning tools, techniques for pruning safely, and use and maintenance of tools and equipment.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. exhibit an understanding of the basic pruning techniques used for common landscape plants, fruit trees, and roses.
  2. list basic terminology associated with pruning.
  3. demonstrate the ability to utilize various tools and techniques which illustrate an appreciation of good pruning habits.
  4. describe the wide variety of methods utilized in pruning different types of plants.
  5. understand the cultural use of pruning techniques.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory, arboretum, and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves and clothing for field work.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to pruning techniques
    1. Pruning tools and equipment
    2. Overview of categories of plants requiring pruning
    3. Common pruning techniques
    4. Cultural use of pruning techniques
  2. Terminology associated with pruning
  3. Practical application of propagation techniques
    1. Common ornamental deciduous, evergreen, and herbaceous plants
    2. Fruit trees
    3. Roses
    4. Grapes and berries
  4. Technical issues
    1. safety practices
    2. protecting plant health (pests and diseases)
    3. equipment maintenance
  5. Guest speakers (as appropriate to topic)
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Student field demonstrations of concepts taught during course.
  2. Documented active participation which furthers student knowledge of different pruning techniques.
Representative Text(s) -
Sunset. Pruning Handbook. Menlo Park, CA: Sunset Pub., 1998.

Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
  3. Demonstrations
  4. Discussions
Lab Content -
  1. Pruning tools & maintenance lab: Hands-on introduction of pruning tools and their use. Students will learn techniques for proper pruning tool maintenance.
  2. Safety practices lab: With the instructor, students review the individual tools and their safe handling and operation.
  3. Pruning techniques lab: Upon completion of tool introduction and safety practices labs, students will practice the use of pruning tools in a series of lab applications.
  4. Plant species specific pruning labs: Lab components will stress techniques for the pruning of a variety of woody and/or herbaceous plant species.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 20 pages per week from the assigned text (2 hrs.).
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of the instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.