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HORT341 – Amenity Pruning and Training

Module code
Module title
Amenity Pruning and Training
The aim of this module is to develop student’s knowledge and skill in pruning and training trees and shrubs.
  • SX1702
NZQA Level
Level 3
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Describe pruning and training, growth characteristics of trees and shrubs, and tree and shrub responses to pruning and training.
Prune common trees and shrubs.
Train young amenity trees and shrubs.
-Pruning principles and plant responses
-Tree and shrub forms, growth and flowering characteristics
-Tree and shrub responses to pruning and training; fruiting and flowering, desired vegetative growth, correcting plant defects or damage
-Pruning tool selection for task
-Pruning evergreen trees and shrubs for bushiness, density, increase flowering and foliage growth
-Pruning deciduous trees and shrubs for optimum growth and flowering
-Pruning hedges
-Pruning conifer
-Pruning roses; bush, standard, climbing for flowering, and health
-Pruning climbers; promote flowering, foliage growth, thinning to reduce shade, training as ground cover
-Tool cleaning and maintenance
-Training trees and shrubs to specified forms; multi-stem, single leader, espalier, hedging, pleaching
Assessment Criteria
Assessment in this module is competency-based. In order to pass this module, students must attempt and meet all the requirements of the competency-based assessments including carrying out all tasks in a safe manner and to industry standard.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Theoretical face-to-face and online sessions including tutorials, workshops, group activities, discussion, workbooks, independent learning, and assignments.

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