HORT 90P: PRUNING: BASIC SKILLS
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Effective Term:||Summer 2021|
|Hours:||12 lecture per quarter (12 total per quarter)|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
Student Learning Outcomes
- List basic terms associated with pruning.
- Describe wide variety of methods utilized in pruning plants.
The student will be able to:
A. Exhibit an understanding of the basic pruning techniques used for common landscape plants, fruit trees, and roses.
B. List basic terminology associated with pruning.
C. Demonstrate the ability to utilize various tools and techniques which illustrate an appreciation of good pruning habits.
D. Exhibit proper safety techniques and equipment maintenance.
E. Understand the cultural use of pruning techniques.
A. Introduction to pruning techniques
1. Pruning tools and equipment
2. Overview of categories of plants requiring pruning
3. Common pruning techniques
4. Cultural use of pruning techniques
B. Terminology associated with pruning
C. Practical use of pruning tools and techniques for a variety of plants
1. Common ornamental deciduous, evergreen, and herbaceous plants
2. Fruit trees
4. Grapes and berries
D. Technical issues
1. Safety practices
2. Protecting plant health (pests and diseases)
3. Equipment maintenance
E. Cultural use of pruning in various parts of the world
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
B. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves and clothing for field work.
Method(s) of Evaluation
Student field demonstrations of concepts taught during course
Documented active participation which furthers student knowledge of different pruning techniques
Method(s) of Instruction
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Brickell, Christopher, and David Joyce. American Horticultural Society Pruning and Training. 2017.
Sunset. Pruning Handbook. 1998.
The Sunset text is a seminal text that has been published for over 50 years and still contains relevant material.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 20 pages per week from the assigned text.
B. There are no writing assignments for this course.