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Agricultural Education
Landscape and Nursery Production
This is a one-credit course for students with interests in acquiring knowledge and skill in landscape design and installation, including maintenance, and the production of nursery stock. Content includes the importance of the landscape industry, landscape safety, materials used in landscaping, principles of design, xeriscaping, nursery production in fields and containers, plant selection, disease and pest management, establishing plant materials, landscape plant nutrition and fertilization, irrigation, and pruning and otherwise managing nursery and landscape materials. Fundamentals of landscape and nursery business management will also be included. FFA and supervised experience will be included as appropriate.

The units and benchmarks are organized so that the course may be offered in two semester-length courses. One semester course would be landscaping; the other would be nursery production. Units LNP1, LNP2, LNP3, and LNP4 would be shared in the semester courses to cover content appropriate to the subject of the course. Units LNP5, LNP6, LNP7, LNP8, and LNP9 would be taught in the semester-long landscaping course. Units LNP10, LNP11, LNP12, and LNP13 would be taught in the semester-long nursery production course.
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Introduction to Agriscience

Unit LNP1: Importance and nature of
landscaping and nursery production (4 hours)

Benchmark LNP1-1: Students will
describe the meaning and role of landscaping.

Benchmark LNP1-2: Students will
describe the nature of nursery production.

Unit LNP2: Career entry and advancement
in landscaping and nursery production (4 hours)

Benchmark LNP2-1: Students will
identify occupations in landscaping and nursery production and list the
competencies needed for occupational entry.

Benchmark LNP2-2: Students will name
and describe important personal skills for success in landscaping and nursery

Unit LNP3: Safety (4 hours)

Benchmark LNP3-1: Students will assess
safety situations with landscaping and nursery production and choose
appropriate safety practices.

Benchmark LNP3-2: Students will
properly select, use, and maintain personal protective equipment when working
in landscaping and nursery production.

Unit LNP4: Agricultural education (5

Benchmark LNP4-1: Students will manage
an appropriate supervised experience in landscaping and nursery production.

Benchmark LNP4-2: Students will
identify opportunities for participation and advancement in the FFA related to
landscaping and nursery production.

Unit LNP5: Landscape planning (15

Benchmark LNP5-1: Students will describe
how landscape plans are prepared and identify information needed in planning.

Benchmark LNP5-2. Students will explain
site assessment and use site measurements in preparing a plan.

Benchmark LNP5-3: Students will
identify principles of art and design in landscaping.

Benchmark LNP5-4: Students will use
computer-aided design or other methods to prepare a landscape site plan that
includes major design areas and bed patterns.

Unit LNP6: Landscape plants and
materials (9 hours)

Benchmark LNP6-1: Students will
identify popular landscape plant materials by type and common and scientific

Benchmark LNP6-2: Students will
classify landscape plant materials by growth characteristics and climate

Benchmark LNP6-3: Students will
identify non-plant materials used in landscaping and explain the use of each.

Unit LNP7: Landscape plant growth
processes (8 hours)

Benchmark LNP7-1: Students will explain
the meaning and role of photosynthesis and respiration in landscape plant

Benchmark LNP7-2: Students will
demonstrate the preparation of beds and turf areas for establishing plants.

Benchmark LNP7-3: Students will
describe the nutrient needs of plants and how the nutrients are provided.

Benchmark LNP7-4: Students will assess
soil for nutrients and apply appropriate amendments.

Benchmark LNP7-5: Students will
identify plant diseases and select appropriate methods of prevention and

Unit LNP8: Landscape installation and
maintenance (16 hours)

Benchmark LNP8-1: Students will demonstrate
the use of a planting plan in establishing a landscape.

Benchmark LNP8-2: Student will identify
and properly use tools and equipment in establishing and maintaining

Benchmark LNP8-3: Students will survey
and grade a landscape for planting.

Benchmark LNP8-4: Students will
identify how landscape plants have been harvested and choose appropriate
planting techniques.

Benchmark LNP8-5: Students will
demonstrate the use of irrigation, borders, and mulch in landscaping.

Benchmark LNP8-6: Students will
demonstrate the maintenance of established landscapes.

Benchmark LNP8-7: Students will explain
the uses of walks, patios, and decks in a landscape.

Unit LNP9: Lawn establishment and
maintenance (7 hours)

Benchmark LNP9-1: Students will identify
common turf plants and choose the appropriate materials for a specific

Benchmark LNP9-2: Students will
describe the methods used in establishing turf and select the methods for a
particular turf area.

Benchmark LNP9-3: Students will relate
irrigation, fertilization, and pest management in lawn establishment and

Benchmark LNP9-4: Students will
demonstrate mowing, aerating, and other practices in lawn care.

Unit LNP10: Nursery production
management (13 hours)

Benchmark LNP10-1: Students will
identify and explain factors in establishing a nursery, including facilities
and equipment.

Benchmark LNP10-2: Students will
compare and contrast field and container nursery production.

Benchmark LNP10-3: Students will
identify nursery crops by common and scientific names.

Benchmark LNP10-4: Students will
evaluate nursery crops for quality and presence of damage.

Unit LNP11: Nursery plant propagation
(8 hours)

Benchmark LNP11-1: Students will
demonstrate the sexual propagation of plants in nursery production.

Benchmark LNP11-2: Students will
demonstrate the asexual propagation of plants in nursery production.

Unit LNP12: Nursery crop production (20

Benchmark LNP12-1: Students will
explain essential conditions for the culture of nursery crops.

Benchmark LNP12-2: Students will
discuss the importance of water in nursery crop production and demonstrate
methods of irrigation with selected crops.

Benchmark LNP12-3: Students will
explain pest management and demonstrate practices in nursery crop production.

Benchmark LNP12-4: Students will
discuss the importance of nursery plant nutrition and demonstrate practices in
meeting nutrient needs.

Benchmark LNP12-5: Students will
demonstrate proper care practices for harvested nursery crops, including
transportation of harvested nursery plants.

Unit LNP13: Nursery production business
(7 hours)

Benchmark LNP13-1: Students will
describe general procedures in the operation of a nursery production business.

LNP13-2: Students will identify records needed and maintain appropriate records
on nursery crop production.

Horticulture: Landscape Maintenance Technician - CTTC


Horticulture: Nursery Technician - CTTC

Greenhouse Grower's

Oklahoma Turfgrass
Resource Foundation

State Florist Association

State Nurserymen's Association Plant identification website produced by Oklahoma State University.

Horticulture and Landscape CDE Website - Oklahoma State University

Lawn Care Learning Laboratory Kit - Ohio State University, Curriculum Materials Service.

Lawn and Garden Learning Laboratory Kit - Ohio State University, Curriculum Materials Service.

Supplemental VHS and DVDs - CIMC

Horticulture Science Manual and CD-ROM and Lesson Plan Library. CAERT. 2007

Landscape Plants, Their Identification, Culture, and Use. 2nd edition. Bridwell. 2003. Delmar-Thomson Learning.

An Illustrated Guide to Landscape Design, Construction, and Management, Pierceall. 1998. Interstate Publishers

Turfgrass Science and Management, Emmons. 2008. Delmar-Thomson Learning.

Landscape Construction, Delmar Publishing, Sauter, 2005.

Landscaping Principles and Practices, Ingels, Delmar Publishing, 2004.

Plan It, Dig It, Build It!; Sauter, Delmar Publishing, 2003.

Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Plant and Soil Science Horticultural Plant and Soil Science