DTM*1010 The Identification and Care of Landscape Plants in Turf Environments I

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The following description is for the course offering in Fall 2021 and is subject to change. It is provided for information only. The course outline distributed to the class at the beginning of the semester describes the course content and delivery, and defines the methods and criteria to be used in establishing the final grades for the course.

This course studies the recognition, identification, naming, physical features and cultivar adaptation of woody and herbaceous plants found in cultivated landscapes combined with turf. This course also practices maintenance techniques of herbaceous and woody plants (trees specifically) in golf courses, parks, lawns and other urban landscapes where trees and turfgrasses are featured. The focus of this course is to study and review plant examples in outdoor environments.

Restrictions: DTM*1400, DTM*2500


Teaching Assistant:


Credit Weight:


Course Level:

  • Diploma

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture



Semester Offering:

  • Fall

Class Schedule and Location:

Please refer to Web Advisor for class schedule and location.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate skills to accurately identify common landscape plants found in turf environments such as parks, sports complexes, residential areas and golf courses
  2. Apply and practice plant identification tools and techniques in outdoor environments and thereby;
  3. Distinguish unique growing criteria and other critical plant characteristics
  4. Implement best practices for installing plant material in the outdoor landscape
  5. Assess the value of soils and site growing mediums and the impact on good plant health
  6. Practice plant evaluation techniques and build skills in pest diagnosis, pruning and upkeep of plant material
  7. Students will learn how to integrate theory and practical experience in developing a long-term strategic plan for the management of landscape plants

Lecture Content:

Topics to be covered in lectures include:

  • The review and identification of plant characteristics including annual and herbaceous perennial plants and their use in the landscape
  • The review and identification of woody plants including deciduous, coniferous and broad-leafed evergreens and their use in the landscape
  • The impact of soil on plant health
  • Best pruning and care practices for woody plants
  • Best planting (installation/site preparation) practices for ornamental plant material
  • Climatic and micro climatic implications on plant health
  • Tools/equipment for planting and care
  • Mode of delivery will include weekly tours of the campus to view the plants we will be covering that week. Weekly recorded virtual tours will also be available online.
Labs & Seminars:

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test
Contribution for Final Grade
Plant ID Quizzes 40%
Written Reports 39%

Literature Review

Management Plan Outline 6%
Summary Test 5%
Marking Schemes & Distributions

The weekly Plant identification quizzes will be performed in a lab with live samples and images. An online version will also be available.

The written reports will be research papers associated with plant identification 

Final examination:

There is no final examination scheduled for this course.

Course Resources:

Recommended Resources

Trees in Canada, 2007. J.L. Farrar

Pests of Landscape Trees and Shrubs, University of California Pub. 3359

Arboriculture: Integrated Management of Landscape Trees, Shrubs and Vines, Harris, Clark and Matheny

Other Resources

Bedding Plant Favorites, 1996 L. Hole

Perennials for Ontario, 2001 A. Beck and K. Renwald

Trees and Shrub Gardening for Ontario, 2001 A. Beck and K. Renwald

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