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1 AGRI SCIENCE LANDSCAPING / TURFGRASS TECHNOLOGY SYLLABUS SCHOOL: Tuscola Technology Center Instructor: Arlon Slagh ADDRESS: 1401 Cleaver Road Phone: x 304 Caro MI URL: COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Landscaping/Turfgrass program at the Tuscola Technology Center is for high school students. The program is offered in the PM session for 2 ½ hours. This is a combined class Landscaping and Turfgrass skills to prepare students for entry employments to those careers. There are no prerequisites, however, courses in Agri Science, Botany, Biology, and Art may be helpful in the course. Students will be instructed with lectures and demonstration format. Hands on projects, slides, videos, filmstrips, and field trips will enhance the class. Students with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations should contact the instructor. The class room and the greenhouse are wheelchair accessible. A paraprofessional is also in the classroom to aid students to achieve their goals in the classroom. All areas of the program are developed by the instructor and an Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee will also evaluate the students on their performance near the end of the year. COURSE GOALS & OBJECTIVES: Students are encouraged to participate in all of the employment areas! Co Op, work experience and job shadowing to enhance their knowledge in their career choice. LANDSCAPING/TURFGRASS: 1 st Marking Period Career Search in Landscaping & Turfgrass Occupational Profile Develop Resume Type a letter of application Type a letter of resignation Complete two interviews Scope of the Landscaping Business Landscape design Education needed Tools and Equipment use Landcadd use: Building Trade Construction Skills Contest Forums Landscape Maintenance: Relationship between design and maintenance Tools of the trade Scope and type of maintenance Principles of Landscape Design Drawing instruments Landcadd beginning Lettering Importance of lettering

2 Method of lettering Freehand lettering Symbolizing Landscape Features Landscape symbols Symbols to scale Analyzing the Landscape Site: The site Characteristics of the site Terrain Grading The outdoor room concept Use of outdoor area Design Plantings Principles of design Simplicity Balance Proportion Focalization Rhythm and line Arranging plant material Corner Planting Line Planting Foundation Planting The Turfgrass Industry History Career Opportunities The Turfgrass Manager Introduction of Turfgrass Classification Plant Growth Plant Structures Measuring Turf Quality Levels of Maintenance Cool Season Grasses Introduction Cool Season Turfgrass Turfgrass selection Bluegrass Ryegrass Bent grasses Fescue Grasses Mowing Introduction Mowing height Mowing Frequency Types of Mowers Mowing patterns Clippings Mower Safety Chemical Mowing Golf Course Management Introduction

3 Greens Colors & Species Fairways Tees Roughs Sand Bunkers Introduction to the Nursery Industry Nursery Industry in the United States Nursery Industry in Michigan Jobs in the Nursery Industry Second Marking Period Trees Deciduous/Evergreen, Nomenclature, Types of Trees, Selection of Trees, Care of trees, Marketing of Trees Shrubs Deciduous/Evergreen, types of shrubs, selections of shrubs, installation of shrubs Ground Covers & Vines types of ground covers/vines, Selection of ground covers/vines, installation of ground covers/vines, care of ground covers/vines, marketing of ground covers/vines Broad Leaf Evergreens types of broad leaf evergreens, selection of broad leaf evergreens, installation of broad leaf evergreens, care of broad leaf evergreens, marketing of broad leaf evergreens. Installation of Lawns selections of grass, type of green, seed vs. sod, mixtures, blends, and single species, lawn const5ruction, care Surfacing Materials types of pruning, steps and ramps Maintaining the landscape Pruning Parts of plants Reasons for pruning Time to prune Types of pruning Lawn Care Mowing Fertilizing Watering Winterization of the landscape Types of winter injury How to prevent Watering the landscape Background of Irrigation Type of irrigation Sprinkler irrigation Sizing irrigation pipe Matching water flow and pressure Calculating water pressure Selecting and locating sprinklers Third Marking Period Intro to Soil Soil Formation Soil Profiles Components of Soil Soil and Water Soil Texture

4 Soil Structures Soil PH Drainage Greenhouse soil mixes Organic soils mixes Soil Modification Collecting Soil Samples Soil Testing Tissue Testing Mulches Soil Conservation Nutrients 16 Elements for plant growth Effects of plant PH on nutrients availability Fertilizer Fertilizer Ratio Fertilizer Calculator Nitrogen Phosphorous Potassium Fertilizer Burn Geranium Production Propagation Seed Cuttings Transplanting Soil Media Temperature Water Nutrients Light Pinching Height Control Pest Insects & Disease Bedding Plants Annuals, perennials, design annual garden, design perennial garden Bedding Plant Industry Seed Germination Plugs Seed Quality Soil Media Sowing Seed broadcasting, in rows Germination Conditions Germination Problems Transplanting Automated Seeds Automated Transplanters Watering Nutrients Height Control Temperature Light Insects Marketing

5 Fourth Marking Period Integrated Pest Management Introduction and History Chemical Free Control Biological Control Systems Disease and Insect Resistant Plants Natured Pesticides Safe Use of Pesticide Types of Pesticides Insecticides Miticides Fungicides Herbicides Rodenticides Nematoicides Molluscides Selecting the proper pesticides Toxicity Safety Precautions Pesticide Poisoning EPA Rules for the safe use of chemicals Safe Pesticides Insecticides Insect and body parts How insects are killed The chemical makeup of insecticides Application of insecticides Equipment used Identifying insect damage to plants Timing in insect control The organic Gardner Fungicides Chemical make up How a fungicide words Effects of fungus Application Rodenticides Chemical Make up How rodenticides work Application Nematocides Chemical make up How menatocides work Application Herbicides Types of herbicides The effects of herbicides Application of herbicides Time of application Calibration of sprayers Breakdown of herbicides

6 ATTENDANCE POLICY AND GRADE REDUCTION Why herbicides fail The Tuscola Technology Center places a high priority on attendance because the attendance pattern established by the student in school often sets an attendance pattern for employment. To benefit from the primary purpose of the school experience, it is essential that each student maintain regular and punctual attendance. Class attendance is necessary for learning and academic achievement as well as for developing the habits of punctuality, dependability, and self discipline demanded by business and industry. Regular attendance in the Technology Center's labs is essential to allow students to fully participate in class instruction, discussion and skill development. Absences beyond eight days per semester are considered excessive. Both excused and unexcused absences are charged in the student total. Absences beyond eight (8) per semester are considered excessive. At nine (9) absences, excused or unexcused, the student's grad will drop 1 full letter grade. At absence 11, 13, and 15, grades will drop one full letter grade for each of those absences. Any grade reduction may be appealed to the Tech Center Administration in writing within two weeks of the end of the semester. The student may have an opportunity to make up the work, with credit, at the convenience of the instructor with the approval of administration. Grading is based on testing and the evaluations of projects in the following criteria: Neatness, Completeness, Accuracy and Speed STUDENT ASSESSMENT Evaluation will be in two areas: Written project will comprise 70% of the grade, with work habits and attendance comprising the other 30%. The attendance policy will be the TTC attendance policy listed in the handbook. All equipment and tools will be provided by the TTC as well as all supplies to carry out all hands on projects. Safety of equipment and use will be explained, and students must pass a safety test by 85% to work on equipment by themselves. A A B B B C C C D D D CERTIFICATIONS ARTICULATED CREDIT PROGRAM SUPPLIES E Completion of the program will prepare the student for entry employment as a landscape helper, nursery helper, turfgrass farm helper, golf course helper, grounds keeper or pruner. Students should be prepared to take the Michigan Certified Nurseryman exam as well as the Michigan Pesticides exam for the Landscaping & Turfgrass program. St. Clair Community College Lansing Community College All equipment and tools will be provided by the TTC as well as all supplies to carry out all hands on projects. Safety of equipment and use will be explained, and students must pass a safety test by 85% to

7 YOUTH CLUB work on equipment by themselves. Students will become members of the FFA which will allow them to participate in the FFA skills contest. The fee for FFA membership as well as the contest will be paid by the Tuscola Technology Center. The instructor reserves the right to make adjustments to this syllabus as needed.

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