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HORT 138 Topics in Arboriculture

3 credits
Students will gain an understanding of topics and issues essential to working with trees in urban landscapes. Some topics covered include tree biology, nutrition, pruning, plant health care, and soils. The ISA Arborists Certification Study Guide will be the text. This class would be helpful for anyone taking the ISA exams. ISA continuing education credits available, CPH credit available.

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic concepts of tree biology and relate these concepts to tree management practices
  • Identify common landscape trees
  • Understand the effects of soil biology, soil chemistry, soil texture and structure, and soil management practices on the growth and health of trees
  • Understand water management practices used to enhance tree growth
  • Understand the science of tree nutrition and current fertilization practices
  • Use a systematic approach to select proper tree species/varieties for a given situation
  • Understand current techniques and procedures for installing and establishing trees
  • Understand and demonstrate current pruning concepts and practices
  • Understand current concepts and practices for cabling and bracing trees
  • Use a systematic approach to diagnosing common tree maladies and use reference materials to locate problem management strategies
  • Understand the various ways that trees can be weakened and injured by construction activities and how to preserve trees on construction sites
  • Understand basic tree climbing techniques and become familiar with basic tree climbing equipment
  • Become familiar with industry safety standards for tree care operations

Total Hours: 30 Lecture Hours: 30