Lesson 8: Garden Assessment and Putting It All Together

  1. Learning objectives
    1. Estimate age of garden
    2. Identify plants, soil type, irrigation, and client needs
    3. Estimate overall health of garden and individual plants
    4. Identify problems: pests, pruning, watering, soils, mulch, etc.
    5. Troubleshoot problems
    6. Create a cost analysis of work plan
    7. Promote your certification and talk with clients
    8. Know how we will promote the certificate
    9. Know what to charge and what to expect
  2. Homework review
    1. Compare pruning techniques throughout your calendar
  3. Discussion: Garden assessment
  4. Discussion: The checklist
  5. In-class exercises: Garden maintenance plan | The CNPLC and you
  6. Discussion: Client needs
  7. Discussion: Action plan
  8. Discussion: Troubleshooting
  9. Discussion: Cost analysis of work plan
  10. Discussion: Best practices
  11. Discussion: Signs of success
  12. Discussion: Communicating expectations to owner
  13. Discussion: Opportunities for fee-based work
  14. Key figures, graphs, and concepts
    1. See Lesson 8 handouts: Client Landscape Evaluation Form

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