Horticultural machinery



Book description

Technological advancements and innovations in horticultural operations have revolutionized this age long profession and have in turn provided comfort and luxury for the operators and investors. This book is designed to provide the students with a good understanding of the various areas of utilization in gardening and horticulture, horticultural tools, machinery description and safety. This book is packaged to provide the students with background knowledge of various horticultural operations, tool and equipment use. Written in simplified English with detailed graphic illustrations and pictures, the book is the perfect tool required in every home to in selecting tools and machines for horticultural and gardening operations.

​Table of content

Preface. viii

CHAPTER 1     HORTICULTURE & GARDENING.. 1      ​N399.00  ($1)

1.       Introduction. 1

1.1          Aspects of horticulture. 1

1.2          Aspects of gardening.. 3

1.3          Career opportunities in horticulture and gardening.. 4

Practice questions. 5

CHAPTER 2    GARDENING TOOLS AND SELECTION.. 6       N399.00  ($1)

2.       Introduction. 6

2.1          Gardening tools and classification. 7

2.2          Hand held gardening tools and description. 7

2.2.1      Digging tools and description. 8

2.2.2      Garden clearing tools and description. 20

2.2.3      Plant protection tools and description. 27

2.2.4      Garden cutter tools and description. 35

2.2.5      Harvest and picking tools and description. 50

2.2.6      Products transport cart and description. 61

2.3          Hand held power tools, description and uses. 65

2.4          Guidelines for selection gardening tools. 72

Practice questions. 74

CHAPTER 3    GARDENING PRACTICE & OPERATION.. 75     N399.00  ($1)

3        Introduction. 75

3.2          Site plan selection and preparation. 77

3.3          Planting operation and fertilizer application. 80

3.4          Caring for seedlings. 83

3.5          Seedling transplant 84

Practice questions. 89

CHAPTER 4    HORTICULTURAL MACHINES AND OPERATION.. 90      ​N399.00  ($1)

4        Introduction. 90

4.2          Tractor and its features. 90

4.3          Tractor classification. 92

4.3.1      One axle tractors (power tiller) 92

4.3.2      Two axle tractors. 95

4.3.2.1        Classification of two axle tractors by drive wheels. 95

4.3.2.2        Classification of two axle tractors by functions. 98

4.3.3      Utility vehicle and description. 104

4.4          Ag bike and ATVs. 105

4.4.1      Ag bikes and descriptions. 106

4.5          Powered horticultural equipment 106

4.5.1      Garden mowers. 106

4.5.2      Garden sweepers. 111

4.5.3      Garden shredders and scarifier 116

4.5.4      Garden rollers. 119

4.6          Soil cultivation equipment 120

4.6.1      Primary tillage implements. 120

4.6.2      Secondary tillage implement 127

4.7          Spraying system, equipment and calibration. 135

4.7.1      Sprayer calibration. 137

3.7          Fruit harvesting technologies. 140

3.7.1      Manual harvesting technologies. 140

3.7.2      Mechanical harvesting technologies. 143

4.8          Horticultural processing machines. 146

4.9          Fruit quality measurement equipment 153

4.10        Packing and packaging materials. 156

4.10.1         Packaging materials and requirements. 157

Practice questions. 162

CHAPTER 5    HORTICULTURAL MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT SAFETY.. 163            ​N399.00  ($1)

5.0          Introduction. 163

5.1          Tools and equipment preparation. 163

5.2          Hand tools and safety rules. 166

5.3          Power tool safety rules. 167

5.4          Component and machinery requirement for maintenance. 168

5.5          Horticultural tractor safety rules. 182

5.6          2-wheel tractor safety. 184

5.7          All terrain vehicles’ safety rules. 184

5.8          Gardening tools and equipment sterilization. 185

5.8.1      Tips for equipment sterilization. 186

5.8.2      Sterilization agents and procedure. 186

Practice questions. 188

B​iblography.. 189

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