Lawn Care Worker (Enhanced Skills)

Recipients of the Lawn Care Worker (Enhanced Skills) credential have demonstrated concept proficiency and completed the following tasks:

Student will identify plants and turf in landscape:

  1. Identify plants as annuals, biennials, and perennials
  2. Identify plants and turf grasses that are state specific
  3. Identify poisonous plants
  4. Differentiate between deciduous and evergreen trees
  5. Determine how plant structures affect growth and fruit production

Student can install and maintain lawn, shrubs, trees, and other ground covers:

  1. Prepare soil or grade for planting of seeds or grass
  2. Layout plants according to a landscape plan
  3. Add mulch to newly seeded lawn and water until established
  4. Install weed barrier in an ornamental bed
  5. Add mulch to ornamental bed
  6. Remove weeds from ornamental beds with hand tools
  7. Plant flowers (annual, bi-annual, bulbs)
  8. Plant shrubs
  9. Identify fertilization needs for lawns and plants
  10. Fertilize lawn, plants, and shrubs as needed
  11. Prune shrubs
  12. Irrigate lawns and planted areas
  13. Dethatch turf with a power dethatcher
  14. Aerate turf with power aerator
  15. Revitalize worn turf grass with seed or sod
  16. Plant ground cover
  17. Plant trees
  18. Clean leaves and litter from grounds with hand tools
  19. Maintain established lawns/turf

Student can operate equipment to maintain lawn:

  1. Sow seed with a hand seeder
  2. Edge hardscape areas with an edger
  3. Clean area with a gas powered blower
  4. Remove debris from hardscape with a gas powered vacuum
  5. Till soil with a rotary tiller
  6. Trim walkways and landscape edging with a string trimmer
  7. Check guard for tightness
  8. Replace trimmer line
  9. Demonstrate use of on/off switch
  10. Trim in designated areas

Student can prepare and improve soil in landscape:

  1. Describe the causes of soil erosion
  2. Demonstrate how to grade an area for proper drainage
  3. Demonstrate proper procedures for taking soil samples
  4. Perform and interpret soil tests for texture, pH, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and salinity
  5. Haul and spread soil
  6. Prepare soil and apply organic and inorganic amendments
  7. Prepare an ornamental or lawn area for planting
  8. Demonstrate ability to understand physical and chemical properties of soils
  9. Recognize how science and math relate to lawn care

Student will perform maintenance tasks on equipment:

  1. Lubricate equipment
  2. Check and change engine oil
  3. Clean and sharpen four different hand tools
  4. Differentiate between 2 cycle and 4 cycle engines
  5. Clean and sharpen rotary mower blades
  6. Adjust idle speed on small engines
  7. Repair garden hoses
  8. Mix 2-cycle gas
  9. Check and tighten bolts and screws on power equipment
  10. Perform a check on equipment before using
  11. Perform basic and routine maintenance of equipment
  12. Check fuel level
  13. Open fuel supply or lines
  14. Set blade(s) at appropriate level

Student will demonstrate safe use of pesticides and herbicides:

  1. Identify common insects found in landscapes and the type(s) of insecticide(s) used to control each insect
  2. Identify common lawn/plant diseases and type of fungicides used to control the disease
  3. Identify common weeds found in landscape and type of herbicides used to control each weed
  4. Demonstrate the proper procedures to dispose of pesticide and herbicide containers
  5. Use proper materials and procedures to apply chemicals to treat plants or soil infested with insects
  6. Use proper materials and procedures to apply chemicals to treat areas infested with weeds

Student understands safe use of equipment in lawn care/landscaping:

  1. Demonstrate safe use of hand tools
  2. Demonstrate safe use of power tools
  3. Follows universal safety precautions
  4. Displays a safe attitude when working
  5. Performs work in a safe manner without being told
  6. Identifies potential dangers and understands their consequences in independent work situations
  7. Demonstrates safe use and storage of hand tools
  8. Describes first aid procedures for injuries
  9. Demonstrates proper procedures to safely lift heavy equipment and materials
  10. Operate mower through designated areas
  11. Demonstrate proper procedures to store gasoline and other hazardous chemicals
  12. Describe appropriate safety gear to be worn in performing specific lawn care tasks
  13. Check for adequate ventilation before starting equipment

Student will demonstrate job search, job survival and life skills:

  1. Completes a personal data sheet
  2. Completes a job application
  3. Conducts a job search
  4. Prepares a resume
  5. Prepares a cover letter
  6. Demonstrates effective interview skills
  7. Demonstrates effective job keeping skills
  8. Demonstrates life skills

Student demonstrates work ethics/employability skills:

  1. Reports to work area and dresses appropriately for work.
  2. Has all supplies needed to perform work
  3. Starts work promptly
  4. Asks instructor for assistance if needed.
  5. Stays on task. (Does not abuse bathroom or water breaks)
  6. Demonstrates correct social skills at all times.
  7. Asks instructor for work assignment if necessary
  8. Cleans up work area at the end of the period without being asked
  9. Works cooperatively with others on group projects
  10. Works independently after being assigned a task
  11. Accepts constructive criticism
  12. Notifies school/employer of absence or tardiness
  13. Accepts and performs additional tasks willingly


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