Landscaping, A Practical Approach
Instructor: James R. Brown, Home phone, 802 748-6286, 9am - 8pm
Short work bio: Owner/Operator Pine Gardens Landscape & Nursery 2004 J.M. Landscape & Nursery, 1992 to 2004
Started in 1988, Zales Tree & Landscape, Brockport, NY
As a former math teacher, I began to understand that textbooks taught it backwards. Better to need a certain math expression and then solve, rather than have lots of math expressions with no connection to any reality. We will work on a project first, you as my crew members, then, look at and discuss the design ideas, install means, maintenance methods, supply needs and offer further advice.
Hour 1 1. Intros all around, name, home, reason for being here.
2. Brief talk on my reason for teaching the course.
- a. Need skilled, knowledgable workers
- b. New owners/operators to help customers.
i. Niche markets, customer preferences 3. Look at tools, equipment, supplies, vehicles.
- a. Repair
- b. Maintain
- c. tool needs
- d. supplies 4. Form crews.
a. Group leader listens well first, then, communicates.
Hour 2 1. Work expectations, examples
- 2. Job to complete
- 3. Walk through of work to be done.
- 4. Discussion and final assignments.
Hour 3 1. Start work on site. Safety first, means slow down, do it right.
- a. Weed wacker use and technique
- b. Hand saw
- c. Chain saw
- 2. Observe, Evaluate as work is being done.
- 3. Respect & Etiquette, customer & competitor 4. Clean up, finish the site.
Hour 4 1. Observe, evaluate site.
- 2. Make further design possibilities.
- 3. Back to classroom.
- 4. Work space summaries.
Hour 5 1. Discussion of estimates, based on time and materials
a. Billing, honesty & integrity 2. Examples and samples discussion.
- 3. Design Elements, outdoor spaces.
- 4. Readings from texts, pro periodicals, journals
Hour 6 1. Economies of scale, start small, very little to no debt.
- 2. Reading references.
- 3. Course evaluation discussion and input.
a. Course eval form.
- 4. Self evaluation, reflection.
Sample Course Syllabus Reference In this course you will:
- ● Learn the basics of landscaping including harmony, balance, color, natural transitions, proportion and line.
- ● Learn how to assess your present landscape needs.
- ● Learn how to assess the purpose of your landscape.
- ● Learn how to gather ideas and whether to use professional help or not.
- ● Learn how to plan your landscape, and schedule the work.
- ● Learn how to avoid common landscaping mistakes.
- ● Learn how to make the most of what you have.
- ● Learn about soils and importance of cultivation.
- ● Learn how to start your own landscaping business.
- ● Learn how to properly maintain and repair tools and equipment.
- ● Learn proper etiquette and respect for customer and competitor.
- ● The tools and planning needed to create your landscape.
- ● The process of assessing your landscaping needs and finding the best solutions.
- ● Avoiding problems and mistakes while planning your landscape.
- ● Getting started.
- ● How to draw up a base plan and landscape plan.
- ● An estimate of how plan will cost. Time and material based estimates.
- ● Ideas on how to dress and light up your outdoor living space.
- ● The properties of soil including pH balance and acidity levels.