Parttime Classroom Agriculture, forestry, fisheries and veterinary

GY Planting Trees & Shrubs Horticulture 4M1994

Objectives of the Programme Module
 To create an awareness of correct tree and shrub selection for their appropriate locations.
 To provide knowledge to participants on soil suitability for plant establishment.
 To develop an understanding of appropriate plants for use with different soil types.
 To facilitate the learner in correct tree/shrub planting techniques
 To enable participants to observe correct safety procedures when using relevant
 To create an awareness of the correct maintenance and protection needs of trees and
 To develop an awareness of the central role of tress and woodlands, in increasing
biodiversity, water regulation, storing carbon and reducing global warming.
 To assist the learner to develop the language, literacy and numeracy skills related to trees
and shrubs through the medium of the module themes and content
 To enable the learner to take responsibility for his/her own learning.

Target Award

QQI Horticulture – 4M1994

Start Date: 28-08-2024 Hours/week: 04 Hrs 30 Mins Duration: 16 weeks


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Education Requirements
Applicants should have a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 3 when accessing a Level 4 programme. Applicants may have participated in primary and secondary education although no formal qualifications are required.

Age Requirements
Please see course details for minimum age requirements

Please refer to Programme Descriptor for Programme Aims and Objectives

Learning Aptitude
Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.

Previous Experience
Applicants must be able to demonstrate a moderate range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course, be able to work with responsibility and demonstrate the ability to work on their own initiative.

Module Award Body
Establishing Trees And Shrubs Establishing Trees & Shrubs (4N0666) QQI
Learning Outcomes of Level 4 QQI Establishing Trees and Shrubs 4N0666
Learners will be able to:
1. State the major factors affecting soil suitability for plant establishment to include soil
composition, nutrient availability and water holding capacity, drainage, organic matter
content and compaction.
2. Single-dig a planting area to a consistent cultivation depth
3. Prepare a given area for planting trees and shrubs using appropriate soil preparation
4. Apply compost, manure and fertiliser to a stated rate
5. Plant standard and half-standard bare-rooted and containerised trees, including staking,
raking off and mulching to ensure neat finish
6. Plant shrubs to include both bare-rooted and containerised to form hedges and climbers
7. Train plants to include tying to supports, pinching out growing point, dis-budding, dead
heading, adjusting trees ties and pruning
8. Water plants using a range of methods
9. Identify common problems associated with trees and shrubs to include assessing plant
quality before planting, pests and diseases
10. Protect newly planted trees or shrubs from frost with plastic screening, fleece covering and
wind protection screen


Gorey Further Education and Training Centre


Civic Square, The Avenue, Gorey, Co Wexford


  • Pay Parking
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Tea/Coffee Making

Contact Details

Course Contact:
Susan Neville