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Christina A. Pfeiffer
ESRM 481
Seattle Campus

Field Practicum in Plant Selection and Management

Practical application of plant selection and management in urban and modified environments. Site analysis and preparation; evaluation of nurseries; techniques for successful plant installation and aftercare; plant performance evaluation; plant health care assessment. Group project. Prerequisite: ESRM 480, which may be taken concurrently. Offered: A.

Class description

This course will provide students with applied field experience and observation of a variety of landscape management situations and applications as covered in the ESRM 480 lecture course.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Field activities will be led by course instructors and TA, with guest instruction from UW landscape professional staff members. Main topics and activities will include:

Weed & Invasive Species Mgt: tools & techniques Pruning trees and shrubs Planting and transplanting Hazard tree assessment Irrigation system management issues Urban soil assessment and management Landscape restoration for University District community landscape site: Over the course of several lab sessions, students will work to implement an existing landscape improvement plan. Tasks will include soil preparation, shrub removal, transplanting, planting, and pruning.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Lab journals will be kept for each week. Journals are submitted for a mid-term and final evaluation. Topics will be posted for each session. Journals will be evaluated based upon content including personal observations and discussion of each day’s activity and topic question. The text and handouts may be used as resources

Students are expected to attend with appropriate clothing for the weather and for working outdoors. Students should acquire their own work gloves.

Participation will be evaluated based upon actively engaging with field activities and demonstrations, assisting others as needed, and helping with set up and clean up as needed

Attendance is essential for the on-site lessons provided during these labs, and is also a significant part of the grade. If you are unable to attend a lab, please contact us in advance.

Grading: Attendance and Participation 70% Journal 30%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Amanda K Stuckey
Date: 08/17/2006