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Landscape Construction 100 Hours Certificate Course

Price: £325.00Course Code: BHT111 CLD
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Landscape Construction 100 Hours Certificate Course

Landscape Construction course online. Learn to build landscapes. This course develops your knowledge of how to construct or build a landscape - as distinct from designing a landscape.

Learn to construct or build a garden the "right" way. This course provides a good grounding for someone entering the landscape industry.


Learning Goals:  Landscape Construction BHT111
  • Describe tools and machinery generally used in landscape construction; and their safety and maintenance requirements
  • To explain what a landscape plan represents, and to appreciate how it can be interpreted
  • Explain the importance of drainage in constructing a landscape, and the principles of setting out a drainage system
  • Describe soil handling and preparation techniques during and after landscape construction
  • Outline the variety of surfaces available in landscaping and their use as safe design features
  • Outline construction techniques for a range of basic garden structures
  • To explain how to construct a range of specialist garden features
  • Describe a range of irrigation systems and their appropriate landscape applications
  • To describe hedges as landscaping features, and explain the importance of good plant establishment techniques to hedges and other plants
  • Identify and outline safe working practices in landscaping and to determine the elements of risk in landscaping operations


Lesson Structure:   Landscape Construction BHT111

There are 10 lessons:

1  Tools and Machinery

  • Manual Handling
  • Materials used for Constructing Tools and Equipment; ferrous metals, non ferrous metals
  • Safety with Electricity
  • Engine Troubleshooting
  • Machine Maintenance
  • Types of Machines
  • Chainsaws: safety, buying, using
  • Brushcutters
  • Earthmoving and Cultivating Equipment; rotary hoes, ploughs, cultivators, etc
  • Workshop and Hand Tools; spanners, chisels, hacksaws etc
  • Hand saws, Rakes, Spades, Shovels, Rollers, Wheelbarrows, Sprasyers, etc

2  Landscape Plans and Setting out a Construction Site

  • Reading Landscape Plans, Scale, etc
  • Understanding and Using Triangulation
  • Slope, Contouring, Grid Systems

3  Drainage in Landscape Construction

  • Introduction to Drainage
  • Testing Drainage
  • Improving Drainage
  • Improving Soil Water Infiltration
  • Improving Drainage after construction; sand slitting, aerating, sub soiling
  • Sub Surface Drains; types, layout, outlet, gradients, pipe spacing, etc
  • Surface Drainage
  • Soil Testing; testing nutrients, pH, toxins

4  Earthworks

  • Levelling terminology
  • Levelling Procedure
  • Levelling a Sloping Site
  • Earthmoving
  • Earthmoving Machinery; Bobcat, Backhoe, Dozer
  • Use an Experienced Driver
  • Topsoil Considerations
  • Earth Forming: creating Mounds
  • Building Raised Garden Beds
  • Earth Quantity Calculation
  • Soil Degradation
  • Erosion; water erosion, wind erosion, controlling erosion
  • Soil Acidification Management
  • Managing Soil Compaction
  • Managing Chemical Residues

5  Surfaces, Paths, Paving and Turf

  • Introduction
  • Surfaces for Play Areas
  • Concrete; concrete, cement, mortar, variations in treatment and use
  • Loose Surfacing Materials: advantages and disadvantages
  • Bark Surfaces, Crushed tiles, pebbles, etc
  • Paths; concrete, asphalt, etc
  • Paving; laing pavers, setting out circular paving, curved paving, edges to paving
  • Lawns and Turf; shape, design, establishment
  • Garden Edges
  • Playing Field Construction
  • Sand Based Technology
  • Constructing Steps

6  Construction of Garden Structures I

  • Buildings in a Garden; gazebos, verandahs, storage buildings, cubbies, etc
  • Where to build a building
  • Floors and Foundations for Buildings
  • Walls; brick construction, coping, expansion joints, etc
  • Fencing
  • Retaining Walls
  • Wooden Walls
  • Construction with Rock or Masonry; dry walls, wet walls
  • Home Playgrounds
  • Using Timber in the Garden
  • Differences between Softwood and Hardwood

7  Construction of Garden Structures II

  • Compost Bins
  • Traditional Features: gazebos, statues, gates, arches, sundials, bird baths, urns, tubs, pergolas, pleached alleys, etc
  • Wooden Decks
  • Constructing a Deck
  • Greenhouse and Shadehouse; types, construction, installation
  • Water Features; Waterproofing, keeping water clean
  • Landscaping a pond
  • Tennis Courts
  • Spas
  • Rockery Construction
  • Artificial Rock Formation
  • Mulching Rockeries
  • Garden Furniture
  • Lighting in the Garden

8  Irrigation Systems

  • Planning an Irrigation System
  • Types of Systems: sprinkler, drip, automatic, etc
  • Using and Maintaining an Irrigation System

9  Establishing Hedges and Other Plants

  • Factors affecting successful plant establishment
  • Physical Plant Protection Methods
  • Hedges; site preparation, plant selection, spacing, planting, pruning, hedge maintenance

10 Workplace Safety and Management of Landscape Construction Work

  • Risk Management on a Landscape Construction Site
  • The Risks
  • Keeping a Work Site Safe
  • Duty of CareSignificance of Illness
  • Protective Clothing
  • Safety with Tools and Equipment
  • Safety with electricity and different types of equipment
  • Tool Maintenance


  • Compare the quality and cost of a range of different tools and machinery used in landscape construction.
  • Identify tools and machinery used in everyday work by landscape constractors.
  • Explain appropriate uses for different tools and machinery on a landscape construction site.
  • Prepare landscape plans for a number of landscape sites
  • Research and report on marking out boundaries in construction sites
  • Describe how to locate contours
  • Determine the fall of existing drains, and identify appropriate falls, spacing and depths of drains
  • Observe and report on earth moving equipment in operation
  • Survey a site and recommend earthworks necessary
  • Examine surfacing materials for paths, gardens, etc and determine the appropriate landscaping function of each.
  • Assess the construction of a range of different existing landscape features
  • Describe preparation of foundations for a specified garden structure, on a specific site.
  • Design a rockery at least 30 square metres in area
  • Contact a range of suppliers of landscape materials and compare the products available in your locality.
  • Identify materials needed to install an irrigation system on a site selected by you.
  • Prepare plans of irrigation systems
  • Research which species of plants are suitable for hedging in your locality
  • Outline how to effectively transplant an existing tree
  • Prepare a detailed risk assessment for a landscape construction site
  • Identify safe working practices for a landscape construction site
  • Determine a list of work tasks to be undertaken on a landscape construction site. Give a time frame for completion of the entire project


The quality of this course is second to none, from the in-depth learning you will get to the expert individual mentoring you will receive throughout your studies. The mentors for this course are: 
Yellow rosesSusan Stephenson
BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983.
City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984)
Management qualifications in training with retail store. Diploma in Hort level 2 (RHS General) Distinction. 
Susan Stephenson is a passionate and experienced horticulturist and garden designer. She has authored three books, lectures at 2 Further and Higher Education Colleges, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of plants and garden design, and tutors many students by correspondence from all over the world.
Susan studied botany at Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) and worked in the trading industry before returning to her first love plants and garden design. She is therefore, well placed to combine business knowledge with horticulture and design skills. Her experience is wide and varied and she has designed gardens for families and individuals. Susan is a mentor for garden designers who are just starting out, offering her support and advice and she also writes, delivers and assesses courses for colleges, introducing and encouraging people into horticulture and garden design.
In 2010, Susan authored a complete module for a Foundation degree (FDSC) in Arboriculture.
Susan holds the RHS General with Distinction. She continues to actively learn about horticulture and plants and (as her students will tell you) remains passionate and interested in design and horticulture.
Steven Whitaker course tutorSteven Whitaker
Diploma in Garden Design (Distinction) – The Blackford Centre, Gold Certificate of Achievement in Horticulture, Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture, Level 1 NOCN Introduction to Gardening, – Joseph Priestly College, BTEC Diploma in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Operations (Merit), Trainer Skills 1, & 2, Group trainer, Interview and Selection Skills – Kirby College of Further Education
Steven has a wealth of Horticultural knowledge, having ran his own Design and Build service, Landscaping company, and been a Head Gardener. His awards include five Gold awards at Leeds in Bloom, two Gold awards at Yorkshire in Bloom and The Yorkshire Rose Award for Permanent Landscaping. Steven has worked with TV’s Phil Spencer as his garden advisor on the Channel 4 TV Programme, “Secret Agent”. 
He is qualified to Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture and has a Diploma in Garden Design which he passed with Distinction. Steven’s Tutor and Mentor was the Chelsea Flower Show Gold Award-winning Garden Designer, Tracy Foster. He also works for a major Horticultural Commercial Grower in the field of Propagation and Craft Gardening. Steven lives in Leeds where he is a Freelance Garden Designer and Garden Advice Consultant. 


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Course Qualification (Study Option A)Endorsed Qualification from TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation - Completed written assignments, plus final exam (N.B. Some courses have Final Project alternative).
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Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 10 - U.S. Credit Hours: 3 - when compared to regulated courses.
Course Duration and Deadlines100 hours approx. Course hours given are a guide only. Work at your own pace with no assignment deadlines or completion date. You are in control!
Study SupportPersonal tutor/mentor support from industry relevant professionals throughout your whole course. Mentors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through the online classroom. They provide assistance with your course material, plus discuss, explain and give advice when needed.
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