At a Glance:

Floyd: Shannen Ferry

Shannen Ferry, Program Director & Instructor of Environmental Horticulture
Office: Woodlee
Phone: 706-295-6902
Campus: Floyd County Campus
Department: Horticulture, Industrial Technologies


M.S., Colorado State University; B.S.A., University of Georgia

Lawn Maintenance Specialist (LM11)

Offered at the Following Campus

  • Floyd County Campus

Program Overview

The Lawn Maintenance Specialist technical certificate of credit program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for entry-level work as a lawn maintenance specialist. Topics include: horticulture construction, landscape installation, and pest management.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Required Courses (9 hours)
This course helps develop skills needed to prepare an area for plant and vital non-plant materials as well as install the landscape items as intended by the designer. Topics include: Workplace safety, retaining wall construction, landscape paving, irrigation and drainage, plant installation, and managerial functions related to landscape installation.
This course provides an introduction to the principles and mechanisms of integrated pest management across a diverse array of pests including insects, weeds, plant pathogens, nematodes and vertebrates. Specifically, the course will provide students with a fundamental and practical understanding of integrated pest management in a landscape setting with emphasis on pest identification and control; pesticide application safety; and legal requirements for state licensure.
And Choose One of the Following: (3 hours)
Introduces the fundamentals of plant science and horticulture as a career field. Emphasis will be placed on an industry overview; plant morphology; plant physiology; environmental factors affecting horticulture practices; soil physical and chemical properties; fertilizer elements and analysis; and basic propagation techniques.
This course introduces students to the basic fundamentals of soil science including: soil formation and classification; physical, chemical and biological characteristics; soil fertility and productivity; and soil management and conservation practices.