With a focus on teaching in classroom environments this course extends studies in the identification and understanding of biological and physical features of woody and herbaceous plants found in landscapes where healthy turf is a critical factor. Preferred growing requirements of such plants are also reviewed and evaluated. This course further explores the practice of, and the science behind, maintenance techniques for herbaceous and woody plants grown alongside turf.
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- Employ and synthesize plant identification tools and techniques using laboratory environments
- Effectively identify a variety of herbaceous and woody landscape plants understanding their unique growing criteria and other critical plant characteristics
- Assess soils and site growing mediums and identify their impact on good plant health
- Extend problem solving skills in pest diagnosis, pruning and the overall upkeep of plant material to ensure best presentation of aesthetics and function
- Develop strategic planning skills appropriate to the long term maintenance of managed landscapes
- 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 review and identification of bulbs, corms and tubers and their use in the landscape
- Ornamental plant materials and the impact on turf health
- Pest management strategies for woody plants
- Best pruning and care practices for woody plants
- Best planting (installation/site preparation) practices for ornamental plant material
- Developing a tree management program: inventory, tagging and assessment
- Use of IPM in plant management
- Fertilizing and water requirements
- Economic and social impacts of plant communities
- Risk management and mitigation
- Determining plant supply sources
- Tools/equipment for planting and care
- Impact of construction on tree communities
- Invasive and alien plants and their impact on the landscape
Course Assignments and Tests:
|Assignment or Test
|Tree Management Plan (Final)
|End of Semester
|1, 2, 3, 4, 5
|Tree Management Draft Plan
|1, 2, 3, 4, 5
|Every 4 weeks of semester
|10% each = 30%
|1, 2, 3, 4
|Group Work/Oral Presentation
|End of Semester
|1, 2, 3, 4
There is no final exam.
Required Texts: None
- 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
Lab Manual: None
- 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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- For Undergraduate Students: https://calendar.uoguelph.ca/undergraduate-calendar/
- For Diploma Students: https://calendar.uoguelph.ca/associate-diploma/
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