An overview of soil compositions and plant nutrition for plant growth and development is critical for horticulturalists and landscape managers. Students will learn about many different soil properties and how to take that knowledge and apply it to real life situations. Students will also be able to apply information from this course to solve and prevent problems found in the landscaped environment.
Landscape practitioners and gardeners wishing to gain an understanding of soils and to develop best management practices.
Learning OutcomesBy the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
- Examine soil formation and analyze the main factors influencing soil formation;
- Distinguish and compare soil physical properties that can impact plant growth in landscapes;
- Identify systems of water movement and flow in the landscape and determine how that relates to soil health and ultimately plant health;
- Utilize an understanding of soil organisms to develop productive landscapes and identify the importance of organic matter to soils and plant growth;
- Investigate the process of composting and identify how composting will impact and contribute to soil management;
- Distinguish how nutrients are stored and released from soils and investigate how pH impacts soil and its ability to support plant growth;
- Identify essential plant nutrients and calculate the amount of fertilizer required by different plants for best growth results;
- Create helpful and effective methods of taking soil and plant tissue samples; and
- Compare and choose growing media that will have the desired properties to support and encourage plant growth.
- Soil Formation and Classification
- Physical Soil Properties
- Soil Water
- Soil Life and Organic Matter
- Soil Chemistry
- Soil Fertility
- Essential Plant Nutrient Sources, Functions and Deficiency/Toxicity Symptoms
- Nutrient Transformations of the Three Major Macronutrients
- Testing Soil, Plant Tissue and Water
- Media, Container Production and Hydroponics
|Assignments (2 x 15%)||30%|
|Quizzes (3 x 15%)||45%|