SRJC Course Outlines

7/23/2024 1:09:33 PMHORT 80 Course Outline as of Fall 2002

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HORT 80Title:  LANDSCAPE PRACTICES  
Full Title:  Landscape Practices
Last Reviewed:12/12/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled3.0013 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  AG 93

Catalog Description:
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This course prepares students to evaluate and improve the function and aesthetic value of public and private landscapes by applying appropriate maintenance techniques. Topics include planting, pruning, watering, soil fertility, pest management, weed control, proper use and care of hand tools, and landscape maintenance business practices.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Prepares students to evaluate and improve landscapes by applying appropriate maintenance techniques. Includes: planting, pruning, watering, soil fertility, pest management, weed control, hand tools, and landscape maintenance business practices.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Describe landscape maintenance careers and employment opportunities.
2. Demonstrate safety consciousness in dress/apparel, tool use, job site
  demeanor, and use of personal safety equipment.
3. Identify, maintain, and describe the use of various hand tools.
4. Select and safely use appropriate hand tools for a variety of landscape
5. Describe basic pruning systems applied to shade trees, shrubs, vines,
  perennials, and roses.
6. Demonstrate pruning techniques on a variety of landscape plants.
7. Maintain and improve soil conditions with amendments and fertilizers.
8. Identify common turf grasses for the region and recommend proper care.
9. Describe the steps required in the renovation and repair of a lawn.
10. Describe proper planting techniques for container, balled and
   burlapped, and bare root plants, ground covers, and bedding plants.
11. Recommend appropriate staking/guying methods.
12. Create an annual maintenance calendar for a selected landscape.
13. Prepare and present a contract proposal for landscape maintenance
14. Compare and contrast the three common techniques for developing a
   maintenance cost estimate.

Topics and Scope
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I.  Landscape maintenance industry in California
   A. Scope of work of the maintenance industry
   B. Career and employment opportunities
   C. Licenses and permits
   D. Local ordinances
      1. Weed abatement
      2. Noise control
      3. Waste disposal
II.  Safety
   A. Importance of safe work habits
   B. Clothing and shoes
   C. Job site behavior
   D. Safety training and record keeping
III. Tool identification, care, and safe use
   A. Hand tool cleaning, sharpening, repair
      1. Shovels, spades, hoes, trowels, weeders
      2. Garden and lawn rakes
      3. Pruning shears, loppers, saws
      4. Wheelbarrows, carts, and miscellaneous implements
IV.  Principles of plant growth
   A. Plant structures and their function
   B. Life cycles and seasonal changes
   C. Light, air, water, and mineral requirements
V.  Pruning
   A. Objectives
      1. Plant health
      2. Landscape function
      3. Flowers and fruit
      4. Aesthetics and special forms
   B. Plant types and pruning needs
      1. Deciduous trees and shrubs
      2. Evergreen trees and shrubs
      3. Conifers
      4. Flowering trees
      5. Fruit trees
      6. Roses
      7. Rhododendrons, azaleas, and camellias
      8. Perennials
   C. Pruning methods and systems
      1. Heading back
      2. Thinning
      3. Pinching
      4. Shearing
      5. Pollarding
   D. Plant responses to placement and timing of pruning cuts
      1. Identification of stem structures
         a.  Terminal and lateral buds
         b.  Vegetative and flower buds
         c.  Bud scale scars and age of wood
      2. Importance of the branch collar and branch bark ridge
      3. 3-cut method of removing large diameter branches
      4. Shaping and directing growth with pruning cuts
VI.  Soil amendments and fertilizers
   A. Aeration and drainage characteristics of different soil types
   B. Amendments
      1. Organic
      2. Inorganic
   C. Mulches
      1. Organic
      2. Inorganic
   D. Fertilizers
      1. Selection of organic and inorganic fertilizers
      2. Nutrient needs of various plant types
      3. Fertilizer label
      4. Calculation of amounts required
      5. Spreader types and calibration
   E. Soil sampling and testing
VII.  Irrigation systems
   A. Identification of system components
   B. Operation, adjustments, and basic repairs
      1. Controllers
      2. Valves
      3. Heads and emitters
      4. PVC pipe, risers, and plastic tubing
   C. Plant water needs and water-efficient irrigation scheduling
VIII. Planting methods
   A. Container grown plants
      1. Nursery cans and boxes
      2. Flats and cell packs
   B. Bare root
   C. Balled and burlapped
   D. Root barriers
   E. Tree staking and guying methods
IX. Lawn care
   A. Warm and cool season turf grass varieties
   B. Mowing, edging, watering, fertilizing
   C. Aerating and dethatching
   D. Repair of damaged and degraded turf
      1. Spot seeding and sodding
      2. Renovation and overseeding
   E. Lawn insect, disease, and weed problems
X.  Professionalism in the landscape maintenance industry
   A. Importance of proper business practices and licenses
   B. Public image and personal appearance
   C. Scheduling seasonal maintenance tasks annually
   D. Cost estimating and maintenance contracts
   E. Client relations and communications
   F. Certified Landscape Technician or Maintenance exam

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1.  Written and oral report on selected maintenance topic.
2.  Proposal for small scale maintenance business setup and operation.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
15 - 40%
Written homework, Essay exams, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 35%
Homework problems, Field work, Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 20%
Class performances, Field work
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 35%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Biondo, Ronald J. and Schroeder, Charles B. (1998). Introduction to
Landscaping: Design, Construction, and Maintenance. Interstate, IL (ISBN:
Ingels, Jack E. (1997). Landscaping Principles and Practices. NY: Del Mar
(ISBN: 0-8273-6735-X).
Instructor prepared syllabus.

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