DTM*2010 The Identification and Care of Landscape Plants in Turf Environments II

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The following description is for the course offering in Winter 2023 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.

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.


Teaching Assistant:

Credit Weight:


Course Level:

  • Diploma

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture



Semester Offering:

  • Winter

Class Schedule and Location:

Please consult WebAdvisor

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:
  1. Employ and synthesize plant identification tools and techniques using laboratory environments
  2. Effectively identify a variety of herbaceous and woody landscape plants understanding their unique growing criteria and other critical plant characteristics
  3. Assess soils and site growing mediums and identify their impact on good plant health
  4. Extend problem solving skills in pest diagnosis, pruning and the overall upkeep of plant material to ensure best presentation of aesthetics and function
  5. Develop strategic planning skills appropriate to the long term maintenance of managed landscapes

Lecture Content:

  • 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
Labs & Seminars:

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test Due Date

Contribution to
Final Mark (%)

Learning Outcomes 

Tree Management Plan (Final) End of Semester 30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Tree Management Draft Plan Week 9 5% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
3 Tests Every 4 weeks of semester 10% each = 30% 1, 2, 3, 4
Group Work/Oral Presentation End of Semester 20% 1, 2, 3, 4
Project Week 6 15% 2, 4


Final examination:

There is no final exam.

Course Resources:

Required Texts: None

Recommended Texts:

  • 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

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

Course Policies:

DropBox Submissions
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It is your responsibility to submit your assignments on time as specified on the Schedule. Be sure to check the technical requirements and make sure you have the proper computer, that you have a supported browser, and that you have reliable Internet access. Remember that technical difficulty is not an excuse not to turn in your assignment on time. Don’t wait until the last minute as you may get behind in your work.
If, for some reason, you have a technical difficulty when submitting your assignment electronically, please contact your instructor or CourseLink Support.
Late Policy
If you choose to submit assignments to the DropBox tool late, the full allocated mark will be reduced by 5% per day after the deadline for the submission of the assignment to a limit of six days at which time access to the DropBox folder will be closed. Late Graded Homework Assignments will NOT be graded if they are submitted after the solutions have been posted to CourseLink.
Extensions will be considered for medical reasons or other extenuating circumstances. If you require an extension, discuss this with the instructor as soon as possible and well before the due date. Barring exceptional circumstances, extensions will not be granted once the due date has passed. These rules are not designed to be arbitrary, nor are they inflexible. They are designed to keep you organized, to ensure that all students have the same amount of time to work on assignments, and to help to return marked materials to you in the shortest possible time. 
Grades and Feedback
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Your instructor will attempt to have grades posted online within 2 weeks of the submission deadline, if the assignment was submitted on time. Once your assignments are marked you can view your grades on the course website by selecting Grades from the Tools dropdown menu on the navbar. Your course will remain open to you for seven days following the last day of the final exam period.
University of Guelph students can access their final grade by logging into WebAdvisor (using your U of G central ID): https://webadvisor.uoguelph.ca

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