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Landscaping II (Landscaping Elements)

Landscaping II (Landscaping Elements) – 100 Hours Certificate Course

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Landscape Designing – Learn the skills!

Gardens are more than just plants and soil. Gardens include many aesthetic items such as furnishings and buildings, water features, fence styles, irrigation and drainage systems, paths, driveways, and entertainment and open-air spaces.

Climate also has to be taken into consideration as well as location, i.e. coasts, inland, deserts, mountains, cities, suburbs, and so on. These design constraints are inseparable when making your plant and soil decisions. They are what makes your garden design distinctive to you!

Learn the essentials!

This course is an extension of Landscaping I. It will help you develop further the necessary skills and knowledge needed to become an expert Landscape Designer.

Landscaping II online course may be studied as a stand-alone course or used to build upon the skills learned in Landscaping I.

It is also suitable for anyone working in or looking to begin a new career in the landscaping industry who may have broad landscaping knowledge.

This course will help you learn the essentials in designing and building walls, rockeries, steps, ponds, and paving. The emphasis is always on the plants. You’ll also learn and develop the skills needed to build those special effects that make a garden unique.

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There are 12 lessons in this course:

1. The Garden Environment

  • The ecosystem
  • Microclimates
  • What do you want in a garden
  • Components of a garden
  • Landscaping with water
  • Choosing a construction method for a water garden
  • Making a pool with a liner
  • Other types of water gardens
  • Water garden effects
  • Creating a waterfall
  • Cascades
  • Fencing and safety
  • Plants for water gardens

2. Landscape Materials

  • Tools
  • Tool maintenance
  • Garden clothes
  • Construction materials
  • Concrete and cement
  • How to mix concrete and mortar
  • Reinforcing, rodding, expansion joints
  • Gravel and mulched paths
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Timber: types, stains, paints, preservatives
  • Plastics, Metal, Ulpholstery
  • Furniture design

3. Using Bulbs, Annuals and other Low Growing Plants

  • Annuals
  • Scented annuals
  • Coloured foliage
  • Flower bed layout
  • Bedding schemes
  • Selecting annuals according to height
  • Annuals in containers
  • Bulbs
  • Scented bulbs
  • Amaryllis
  • Gladioli
  • Narcissus
  • Dahlia
  • Hyacinth
  • Iris
  • Ranunculus
  • Using Herbs
  • Types of herb gardens

4. Landscaping with Trees

  • Introduction
  • Successions
  • Fast growing trees
  • Choosing plants
  • Trees in the landscape
  • Problems with trees
  • Plant applications for trees, shrubs, ground covers
  • Trees with damaging roots
  • Trees with narrow canopies
  • Aesthetic criteria for planting design
  • Procedure for planting design

5.  Ground Cover Plants

  • Introduction
  • Ground Covers: conifers, climbers, creepers, ornamental grasses
  • Low grasses to grow
  • How to build raised beds
  • Grevilleas
  • Thryptomene
  • Brachysema
  • Chorizema
  • Ardenbergia
  • Kennedya
  • Herbs: Thyme, chamomile, mint, alpine strawberry, etc
  • Landscaping with ferns

6. Walls and Fences

  • Introduction
  • Getting the style right
  • Different fences
  • Plants to grow on trellis
  • Espaliers
  • Garden arches
  • Choosing the rich arch
  • Timber and metal arches

7. Paths and Paving

  • Introduction
  • Where to use surfacing
  • Paving: different types of materials
  • Selecting materials
  • Concrete
  • Gravel
  • Asphalt
  • Edging
  • Edging materials
  • Maintaining an edge
  • Aesthetics

8. Treating Slopes and Other Problem Areas

  • Erosion control
  • Helping plants establish on a slope
  • Drip irrigation, mulches, tree guards
  • Pocket planting, slope serration, wattling, spray seeding, etc
  • Shade
  • Plants suited to shade
  • Ferns and shade
  • Windbreaks, hedges and screens
  • Gardening in coastal areas
  • Design and planting a firebreak
  • Fire resistant plants

9.  Garden Features

  • Colour
  • Complementing colours
  • Outdoor living areas: Patios, seating, garden structures, pool areas, pool surrounds
  • Rockeries
  • Drystone walls
  • Wet walls
  • Garden buildings and structures
  • Siting garden buildings
  • What to build
  • What to do with the floor
  • Planting around a garden building
  • Protective structures
  • Types of greenhouses
  • Decorative planters
  • Choosing and siting a planter
  • Garden lighting
  • Lighting trees, paths, ponds etc
  • Letterboxes

10. Designing for Low Maintenance

  • Introduction
  • The cost of garden maintenance
  • What costs
  • Expensive to maintain areas or features
  • Less expensive to maintain areas
  • Gardening in dry areas
  • Overcoming dry soils
  • Drought tolerant plants
  • Hardy plants for inner city gardens

11. Develop a Landscape Plan

  • The site planning process
  • Site analysis
  • Design concept
  • Master plan
  • Keeping it to scale
  • The importance of space

12. Management of Landscape Projects

  • Introduction
  • Mistakes to avoi
  • Earthmoving
  • Importing soil
  • Workplace safety

Please note:Each lesson requires the completion of an assignment.  These are submitted to your tutor, marked and returned to you with any relevant feedback, suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

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