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Arboriculture II (Intermediate)
Arboriculture II (intermediate) 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Arboriculture II Distance Learning Course
ADL’s Arboriculture Course will help you build on your existing arboriculture knowledge
This follow on course delivered via distance learning and home study, builds on what you learned in Arboriculture I, but goes much deeper into planting and tree care.
It also develops your ability to treat trees in order to minimise potential long term tree problems, tolerance of different tree varieties to specific environmental conditions, plus bracing, felling and stump removal skills.
You will even learn how to establish a tree plantation including important knowledge of planning and producing scale drawings, plus designing wind breaks into the project for tree protection.
Once you have finished this informative programme developed over many years by experts in tree health management, why not improve your skills even further with Trees for Rehabilitation and/or Deciduous Trees, covering trees such as: Maple, Birch, Ash, Oak, Prunus and other varieties?
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Lesson Structure: Arboriculture II BHT208
There are 7 lessons:
1 Planting Techniques
- Matching a tree to the site
- Local regulations
- Planting at the right time
- Planting techniques
- Plant size and age
- Container type
- Buying a tree
- How to plant a tree
- Watering method
- Transplanting a large tree
- Preparing for transplanting
- Small feature trees
- Transplanting deciduous trees
- Pruning at planting
- Pocket planting
- Slope serratioin
- Planting on Arid sites
- Direct seeding
- Spray seeding
- Trees with berries
2 Controlling Plant Problems
- Tree guards
- Other Tree Problems: Fire damage, Fire Resistant trees, pollution and toxic reactions, Soil contamination
- Treating foliage burn
- Soil rehabilitation
- Trees to extract soil contaminants
- Soil chemical composition
- Air pollution and tree growth
- Pollutant tolerant trees
- Pollution intolerant trees
- Trees to control Urban air pollution,
- Dry soils
- Symptoms of drought stressed trees
- Dry soil tolerant trees
- Trees for hot sites
- Drainage problems and trees
- Wet tolerant trees
- Tree health problems
- Resistant plant species
- Choosing and using pesticides safely
- Biological controls of pest and disease
- Tree termites
- Tree injections
- Tree nutrition and nutrition management
3 Strengthening Weak Trees
- Trimming techniques
- Adverse responses to trimming
- Temporary props
- Modern bracing systems
- Rodding technique
- Guy wires
- How strong is dead wood?
4 Controlling Damage Caused by Plants
- Tree damage
- Tree root problems,
- Trees that can cause problems with drains
- Orecautions with drains
- Selecting and using trees near drains
- Limiting root problems
- Root pruning
- Trees and the water table (Aquafiers)
- Trees and power lines
- Poisonous trees
5 Tree Felling and Stump Removal
- Tree evaluation systems
- Calculating tree value
- Tree removal
- Why remove a tree?
- Tree felling methods: Axe, Saws, Winches, Chain saw
- Controlling the fall
- Different methods or removing stumps
- Protecting trees
- National Tree registers
- Measuring tree height
- Keeping a work site safe: risk assessment, Duty of care,
- Costing jobs,
6 Tolerant Plant Species
- What to plant where
- Tree data required
- Influence of trees on buildings
- Species suitability
- Planning considerations
- Harsh environments
- Frost protection
- Frost resistant trees
- Sun protection
- Wind protection
- Wind tolerant trees
- Soil degradation
- Saline tolerant trees
- Lime tolerance
- Acid tolerance
- Hardy trees for inner city
- Review of several major genera (Aer, Fraxinus, Pinus, Quercus,
7 Establishing a Tree Plantation
- Windbreak design
- Choosing windbreak species
- Designing tree plantations
- Producing drawings to scale.
Learning Goals: Arboriculture II BHT208
- Explain how to plant a specified advanced-sized tree on a specific site.
- Explain tree injection, including the technique and applications.
- Identify situations where trees require strengthening operations to be carried out.
- Compare different ways to control roots which invade underground pipes.
- Calculate the cost of removing a specified tree.
- Determine appropriate tree species suited to a specific site visited and analysed.
- Devise a method for removing a tree, including tree felling and stump removal.
- Analyse specimens of mature trees, from different genera, to detect any patterns in problems occurring in those trees.
- Develop criteria for the establishment of a tree plantation on a specific site which addresses; site restrictions, cost and function.
Practical (Set Tasks)
PLANTING DECIDUOUS TREES
Though most plants resent winter planting – for many deciduous trees, winter planting may be best. Deciduous plants go into a state of dormancy during winter. This means that they may suffer less stress if they are transplanted at this time.
By the spring/summer growing season, they are settled and ready to grow rapidly.
Many deciduous plants are grown in the ground in field nurseries and then dug up in winter. So winter is the time to look in the nursery for fruiting and ornamental trees. If you want trees with bright autumn foliage – you will need to select the species before they lose their leaves.
Some deciduous trees (for example silver birch) are often grown by seed; these trees can vary in form and foliage colour – you need to select grafted trees in order to obtain the best colour variations.
Buying a Bare-Rooted Tree
When you visit a nursery in winter, you will most likely find the bare-rooted plants stored in a temporary holding trench, filled with moist sand, sawdust or soil.
When you have made your selection, the nursery person will lift out the plant, gently shake or rinse the soil or sand from the roots, then wrap the roots with sphagnum moss or moist straw. An outer layer of wet newspaper covered with plastic ensures the roots stay moist until planting.
The plant can be kept in its moist packaging for a day or two, but if you can’t plant it out within a couple of days, remove the packaging material and place the roots in a hole or bucket filled with moist soil or sand.
Lightly spray the stems with water every couple of days. The plant can be stored this way for up to one week before planting.
The Correct Way to Plant a Deciduous Tree
1. Select your site carefully. Don’t plant large trees under power lines and ensure that fruit trees will receive adequate light.
2. Remove the plant from the sawdust or its wrapper and place in a large container of water.
3. Dig a hole that is wide enough for all the roots. For most plants about 1½ times the size of the root ball is the best.
4. Avoid creating smooth sides to the planting hole. Roots will be unable to penetrate into the surrounding soil; rough up the sides of the hole.
5. Fill the hole with water and let it drain; this allows you to check and adjust the drainage before planting – it also means that the sub-soil is encouraging the tree to send its roots down.
6. After watering create a mound in the middle of the hole with some of the removed soil.
7. Take the plant out of its wrapper. Don’t allow the roots of the plant to dry out while you are working.
8. Place the centre of the trunk over the mound and spread out the roots.
9. If roots or branches have been damaged, remove them with a sharp, clean pair of secateurs.
10. Ensure that the base of the trunk is level with the surrounding soil.
11. Backfill the hole, taking care not to damage the roots.
12. Insert a hose into the planting hole and turn on the water at moderate pressure until the hole is saturated.
13. Mulch around the plant.
14. Wait until spring, when the new growth has started, to apply a complete fertiliser.
Should You Prune at Planting?
Deciduous trees such as Prunus spp., apples, poplars and ashes prepare for the onset of winter by storing the energy from their leaves back in the branches and the trunk.
While this is happening, the leaves provide magnificent displays of autumn colour. It is not advised to prune the branches of these trees at planting time.
Some deciduous trees, such as flowering Prunus, are grown for colours of their early spring flowers. Many of the new ornamental Prunus and Pyrus species provide spectacular displays in spring. These include Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’ and ’Pendula’ and Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ and ‘Red Spire’.
These trees should have approximately one third of their branches removed at planting time.
Although some experts disagree, most people still prune their fruit trees during winter. When you plant a new fruit tree, prune it to produce the desired shape and to promote new growth that will produce the next crop of fruit.
Your tutor for this course is:
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.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here is a list of the most often asked FAQ’s.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at ADL, our students are our priority – we treat everyone as a unique individual.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, as each module has been written by highly qualified industry professionals. The content of the material is presented in such a way that text books are not required. However, if you require additional reading your tutor will be able to supply a list.
Q. What happens if I have to stop studying for a while? (eg. become sick, go on holidays, have a baby, move house, etc)
A. It’s OK to take a break and start up your study at a later point in time. Just let us know.
Q. Is there an age limit?
A. There is no maximum age limit. We do however, have a minimum age limit of 18 years. Below that age parental consent would be required.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are revised and updated on a rotation system.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. Yes. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. When can I enrol/start?
A. You may enrol and start at any time of the year – it’s all self- paced.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. How long do I have to complete the course?
A. You complete the course at any time that is convenient for you.
Q. Completing a 100 hour module – how long will it take?
A. For some students a 100 hour module will take approximately to 3- 6 months to complete. Others take less time and some even longer.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a Project, instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. You may elect to undertake a Project (set by your tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Projects are completed from your home and can usually take a couple of weeks to complete.
Q. If my assignment is not up to standard is there an opportunity to resubmit my work?
A. Yes –
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons, there would be 10 assignments.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would be awarded a Certificate endorsed by TQUK (Training Qualifications, UK), providing you complete all assignments and the exam. If you just want to complete only the assignments and not sit for the exam or finish a Project, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications available please click here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to Design Your Own Diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. You choose modules that you think will help you in achieving your goal.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of all courses and providing all assignments and exam requirements have been met, you will receive your Award and a Transcript.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We appoint Tutors and require that they must be currently active in their industry, with at least 5 years’ experience in their chosen profession.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes – you have unlimited access to your tutor via email through our Online Classroom. You can always leave a message with ADL requesting your tutor to contact you. You decide on how much or how little contact you wish to have.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice
There are no hidden extras
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: [email protected]
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,