Students develop tiered landscape

Level 1 Landscape and Environmental Design students show off the new tiered landscape to Brian Beight, manager of the Salem branch of The Tractor Supply Company. Pictured (front, from left) are Erin Rousch (Southern), Trista Koffel (Beaver Local), Cody Holenchick (United), Patricia Jones (Beaver Local), Megan Cusick (Southern), Beight, Kylee Estes (Salem), Bradly Rice (Salem), Jakob Graffius (Salem), and Benjamin Daniels (Wellsville); and (back) Jacob Wickline (Crestview), Mark Wilson (East Palestine), Brandon Smith (Beaver Local), Johnathan Cress (Leetonia), Wyatt McCoy (Beaver Local), Adam Ortega (East Palestine), Richie Simons (Lisbon), and Jesse McVey (Lisbon). (Submitted photo)

LISBON — The Landscape and Environmental Design (LED) program at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center received a grant in Spring 2017 in the amount of $4,500 from the Tractor Supply Company to fund a greenhouse landscape project.

Since receiving the grant, a new tiered landscape has been developed outside of the Greenhouse at the Agriculture Annex Complex at the CCCTC campus in Lisbon.

The work was completed by the LED students.

“There was much work and preparation put into the project,” a release states. “It included the students preparing the area to be landscaped, laying out the plants (82 plants) for placement, and digging holes for the plants. Students learned how to mix soil mediums and how deep in the soil to place the plants. Once planted, the students applied fertilizer, watered all plants, and applied mulch.”

Work, though, remains to be completed by the students during this school year.

“They will be installing an irrigation system to water plants and will continue plant maintenance by pruning, continually assessing the soil, and applying additional fertilizer as needed,” the release reads. “The new tiered landscape will showcase the depth of student work and skill experience.

“This hands-on experiential project will boost student employability by giving them the opportunity to experience real world work. It also contributes substantially to students’ success in completing the 12-point Ohio Certified Landscape Technician credential.”

“The Landscape and Environmental Design program thanks the Tractor Supply Company for growing with our students at the CCCTC and showing continued support of the program and the work it does.”