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Vegetation Establishment and Maintenance (HORT10011)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Burnley)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeHORT10011
Semester 2
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This subject builds on Plant Production and Culture. It focuses on successful establishment of vegetation in private and public landscapes and on a range of plant materials used in urban horticulture. Students are introduced to the concept of urban landscape management as it applies to vegetation establishment and maintenance for different contexts such as heritage landscapes, semi-natural and nature conservation landscapes, open spaces and public and private gardens. Students will undertake practical planting and maintenance exercises in the Burnley Field Station and Gardens that focus on planting, pruning, weed management, and safe use of power tools such as hedge trimmers, brushcutters and mowers. The subject also covers quality assurance issues around nursery stock and introduces the plant selection process. Students will also have the opportunity to continue to maintain the vegetable plot established in semester one.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • assess planting sites;
  • differentiate between poor and high quality nursery stock;
  • be able to outline the requirements for successful plant establishment as it relates to initial and long term maintenance;
  • perform the skills involved in plant handling and transplanting;
  • demonstrate safe use and application of vegetation maintenance tools such as brushcutter, hedge trimmer and mowers; and
  • select a range of plant species appropriate for various landscape contexts;

Generic skills

• Development of capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning;
• Understanding of the connection between garden design and ongoing maintenance in domestic, commercial and public spaces;
• Recognition of the importance of appropriate garden design for specific site conditions, and the implications to maintenance of design descisions and limitations;
• Understanding of the theory of woody plant maintenance and pruning, and the long term implications of pruning;
• Understanding of the theory and practice of grafting and budding to produce plants for the landscape; and
• Understanding and applying environmentally sustainable practices in landscape design and maintenance tasks.

Last updated: 4 March 2019