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Landscape Contracting

Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning

Contact: Mike Davidsohn, Program Coordinator
Office: 106 Hills North
Phone: (413) 545-0969
Email: davidsohn@larp.umass.edu

The landscape contracting industry needs people possessing the ability to design, build, and maintain today’s challenging landscape projects. Theory, knowledge, and practical skills in the areas of horticulture, landscape construction, and small-scale design are essential. In the classroom, the studio, the campus landscape laboratory, as well as on local sites, matters of grading; construction of walls, walks, terraces; the identification and use of woody and herbaceous plants; and the design of small-scale residential and commercial projects are addressed. Men and women graduates are supervising field crews for landscape contracting companies or running their own businesses after obtaining field experience.

Course of Study

First Semester

Credits

*ENVIRDES 335 Plants in Landscape

4

*LANDCONT 112 Introduction to Landscape Design

4

PLSOILIN 102 Introductory Botany

4

PLSOILIN 105 Soils

4

NATRES&E 191F First Year Seminar

1


Second Semester (7 wks)

Credits

PLSOILIN 101 Insects and Related Forms

2

*LANDCONT 104 Planting Design

 

LANDCONT 105 Landscape Drafting

2

*LANDCONT 198 Internship (April-August)

4

PLSOILIN 103 Plant Science

1.5

PLSOILIN 111 Horticultural Plant Pathology

2

RES-ECON 141 Consumer Marketing

2


Third Semester

Credits

PLSOILIN 109 Insects of Ornamentals

 

FOREST 232 Principles of Arboriculture or

 

PLSOILIN 230 Introductory Turfgrass Management

4

*LANDCONT 107 Land Form

4

Math by placement exam

2-3

PLSOILIN 113 Plant Pathology Lab

1


Fourth Semester

Credits

ENGLISH 120 English Composition

 

*LANDARCH 294A Construction Materials

 

LANDARCH 294B Construction Materials Practicum

1

*LANDARCH 297M Business Concepts of Landscape Contracting

 

*LANDCONT 213 Small Property Design

4

PLSOILIN 255 Herbaceous Plants

 


* A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses.