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Site Inventory for Sustainable Landscaping


This course introduces students to the skills they will need to rough-map the existing landscape, beginning with plant identification — native, invasive and cultivated — and progressing to potential habitat indicators. Students will explore site hydrology and nutrient flows, and understand selected soil parameters, and the influences of glacial geology patterns and past site usage. These observations will be combined with everyday digital resources to establish sustainable planting plans, incorporating organic site techniques wherever possible. Students will learn to inventory site topography, vegetation, hydrology, and soil to learn how to develop references for successful planting. Two classes will be daytime half-day field trips outside suburbia, schedule and transportation to be arranged, weather permitting.

Credits 3 Credits
Prerequisites * None.
Co-Requisites None.
Fall, Summer


* Prerequisites listed are for onsite degree programs only.  For questions regarding prerequisites for Professional & Continuing Education, The Sustainable Design Institute or The Landscape Institute please call the office at 617-585-0101 or email pce@the-bac.edu. For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email dmarch@the-bac.edu. If you are looking at the course page of a 4000 series course, the prerequisites listed on the page do apply to you.

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