Landscape Maintenance

School Year:

2008 –2009

H.S. Credits:1
School Name: Greenup County ATCProgram:


KY Tech Course Name:Landscape MaintenanceTeacher:

Justin Suttles

 KCTCS           Course Number(s)                  KCTCS Course Name(s)                                  College Credits

HRT 130                                  Landscape Maintenance                                                     3

HRT 131                                  Landscape Maintenance Lab                                                      0



 Course DescriptionThis course is an introduction to pruning, planting, fertilizing and mulching techniques used in landscape maintenance. Experiences in the calculation of materials needed and associated costs are included. A plant material list with an estimate of cost is developed.   Materials Used

A variety of materials will be used to facilitate learning. The main text for this class will be Introduction to Landscaping. We will also be using information from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, and any other resource the instructor feels necessary.

 Objectives/Task List
1Identify types of pruning equipment and learn to use safely
2Prune deciduous, broadleaf and narrow leaf shrubs and trees
3Obtain landscape soil samples and interpret results
4Identify 16 essential elements and their deficiency symptoms
5Determine and calculate nutritional needs of plants
6Prepare soil for a flower or shrub bed
7Calculate materials needed for fencing, cross ties, sod, mulch and patio blocks
8Plant, water, mulch, and stake, if necessary, a tree or shrub
9Identify and control pests in the landscape
  • Students will be graded according their performance in class/lab via written tests, performance tests, and hands on projects.
  • The grading scale is as follows:

90% to 100%               A

80% to 89%                 B

70% to 79%                 C

60% to 69%                 D

Below 60%                 F

*Courses with grades of less than a “C” will not count toward a certificate or be eligible for dual credit.

 Procedures for Makeup Work/Tests
  • It is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor to make arrangements to makeup work/tests.
  • Students shall be granted the number of days missed plus one (1) to make up any worked missed for an excused absence.
  Attendance Policy/Withdrawal PolicyThere is a lot of information to be presented.  Students are expected to attend and be punctual.  In the event the student misses all or part of a class he or she will be expected to make up that days assignment. Withdrawals from class will be handled by the High School. Unless I am notified by the High School, you are still enrolled, and responsible for your assignments. Supplies    1.   Please bring pencils/pens and paper to class.  There will be written assignments and tests given.  You need to be prepared.     2.   You will also need to bring a pair of quality safety glasses.  Without the proper eye protection, you will not be able to work in the lab.  This is an absolute.  No exceptions will be allowed. Class expectations/Rules    1.   Enter room quietly.    2.   Do not bring pop or snacks into classroom.    3.   Wear proper clothing and safety equipment.    4.   Obey all safety rules and regulations.    5.   Obey all high school rules and policies.    6.   Do not cheat, plagiarize or assist another in cheating.    7.   No horseplay    8.   Make sure the shop/lab is cleaned and tools are put away before leaving.  If we can’t find the tools, we can’t work in the shop.  If the shop is cluttered, we cannot work there safely.    9.   Watch your language!  You cannot use foul and offensive language in the workplace; therefore, you cannot use it here!  10.   Keep your Safety Glasses on while working in the Lab!  Keep them on and wear them properly!11.   Be courteous to teachers and fellow students.12.   No tobacco products in shop, classroom, greenhouse. 13.   No use of electronic devises, this includes but is not limited to cell phones, ipods, and mg3 players. 14.   No going in or out the back door of the shop. That door is for emergency use only.  Course Outline
  • The outline of the course is at the discretion of the instructor. Typically the course will begin with training on safety. All students must pass each safety test with a score of 100%. After completing the unit on safety, instruction will follow the course objectives/task list as mentioned previously.

    1. Safety in Horticulture
    2. Overview of the Landscaping Industry.
    3. Landscape Design & Construction
    4. Analyzing the Landscape Site
    5. Pricing the Landscape Plant
    6. Preparing the Site for Planting
    7. Installing Plant Materials
    8. Installing Patios, Decks, and Walks
    9. Installing Fences and Walls
    10. Watering, Fertilizing and Mulching Woody Plants
    11. Pruning Woody Landscape Plants
    12. Maintaining Turfgrass Areas
    13. Calculating Landscape maintenance Costs