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Landscape Maintenance
Available Classes
Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Are you interested in how to develop landscape design and maintenance along with business strategies for small landscaping enterprises? Learn about planting, fertilizing, and pruning, along with the tools and techniques required. Find out about plant classification and care, taxonomy, identification, and selection – native vs. exotic plants, invasive plants, drought tolerant/xeriscaping plants, deer resistant plants, low maintenance plants, and more. You’ll also learn about weed and pest management, environmental impacts of landscaping, new research-based practices, and personal safety.
Course Objectives
  1. Develop general horticultural skills to qualify for an entry-level position as a landscape technician.
  2. Learn horticultural skills necessary for starting a lawn care and landscaping small businesses.
  3. Learn proper planting, fertilizing, mulching, and pruning will be covered with the required tools and techniques.
  4. Learn methods for establishing, renovating, and maintaining landscapes.
  5. Learn to optimize growing conditions, balance nutrients, and manage pests and diseases.
  6. Learn about soil testing and how to submit samples and read resulting reports.
  7. Explore how landscaping practices impact the environment and how to use the newest research-based practices effectively.
  8. Learn about turf selection, installation, and maintenance.
Outline of Instruction
  1. I. Introduction: Course Overview, Student Objectives
    II. Plants: Taxonomy, Names, Identification
    III. Plant Selection: Matching Site Requirements and Plant Characteristics
    IV. Turf: Cool v. Warm Season, Lawncare Essentials
    V. Soil: Clay v. Sand, Testing, Nutrients
    VI. Pests: IPM, Weeds, Diagnostics
    VII. Plant Maintenance: Planting, Pruning, Fertilizing, Safety
    VIII. The Business of Plants
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
CE to CU Articulation
Text and Supplies Needed
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 90% or above
  2. Participation
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
  • Lawn Care & Maintenance
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Course Contact Information
Janice Neagle