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Garden Maintenance course online
Study from home to become expert at Garden Maintenance, either professionally or for your own piece of heaven via distance learning
Maintain a garden in perfect condition with this long-established course developed by professionals in the gardening industry. This course will help you to save time and resources at the same time as maintaining gardens and even parks to a high standard.
Over 10 comprehensive lessons, you will acquire skills in maintaining tools and ornamental furniture, dealing with garden weeds, garden pests and garden disease, correct plant nutrition, lawn and turf management, irrigation and plant management like pruning. You will also learn to efficiently survey gardens and parks and use the information to write a regular garden maintenance program.
This course will help you if you want to start a self-employed garden maintenance business, own a small, medium or large gardening service and need staff to be trained properly in garden maintenance techniques, or if you are a keen amateur gardener aspiring to have the “perfect garden”.
Lesson Structure: Garden Maintenance VHT100
There are 10 lessons:
1 Introduction – Planning and managing a garden
- The Cost of Garden Maintenance
- The Cost of Winter Maintenance
- What Costs?
- What happens if you don’t maintain a garden?
- Expensive Areas in a Garden
- Less Expensive Areas
- Checklists for Gardening: General Garden Maintenance, Garden Beds and Lawns, Weeds, Pests and Diseases
- Analysis of Parks Maintenance
- Major Areas of Parks Maintenance Work
- Departmental Organisation and Staffing in Parks
- Standard Areas of Responsibility
- Grey Areas of Responsibility
- Building a Staff Organisation
2 Garden Furnishings and Machinery
- The Right Tool for the Job
- Garden Maintenance
- Broad Overview of Machinery for Parks Maintenance
- Other Maintenance Tools
- Looking After Tools
- Power Tools: Engine Troubleshooting
- Outdoor Furniture
- Protecting Outdoor Furniture
- Paints, Stains and Preservatives
- Painting Your Outdoor Furniture at a Glance
3 Feeding Plants
- Symptons and Diagnosis
- How to Conduct an Inspection
- Soil Physical Characteristics
- Identifying Soil Types
- Soil Chemical Characteristics
- Cation Exchange Capacity
- Buffering Capacity
- Plant Nutrition
- Nutrient Elements
- Choosing the Right Fertiliser
- Diagnosing Nutritional Problems
- Improving Soils
4 Weed Control
- Weeds: Weed Control Techniques
- Identifying Weeds
- Weed Encyclopaedia
- How Weeds are Spread
- Law in Relation to Chemical Use
- Types of Herbicide Chemicals
- Poisonous Plants
- Environmental Weeds
- Noxious Weeds
- Weed Control For Specific Areas
6 Natural Pest Control
- Natural Pest and Disease Control
- Cultural Control
- Mechanical Control
- Physical Controls
- Methods for Controlling Certain Insect Pests
- Beneficial Plants
- Other Reported Beneficial Plants With Pesticide Qualities
- Companion Planting
- Companion Planting Chart
- Common Environmental Problems: Drainage Problems, Frost, Hail, Shade, Temperature, Wind
- Deterring Cats, Dogs, Mice, Rats etc
- Tolerance Levels
- Biological Controls
- Natural Sprays
- General Ways of Protecting Plants
7 Chemical Pest Control
- Chemical Treatments
- Integrated Pest Managent
- Ways of Applying Chemicals
- Safety Procedures When Using Chemicals
- Understanding Chemical Pesticides Before Use
- Summary of Pesticides
- Commonly Used Pesticides
8 Turf Management
- Common Turf Problems
- Establising and Maintaining Lawns and Grassed Areas
- Lawn Mixes
- What to Grow Where
- Lawn/Turf Establishment
- Soil Preparation
- Instant Turf
- Mowing Lawns
- Lawn Mowers
- Mowing Guidelines
- Mowing Heights
- Fertilising Turf
- How to Aerate, Scarify, Top Dress and Fertilise a Lawn
- How to Repair Turf
- Golden Rukes for Laying Instant Turf
- Turf Varities in Parks and Maintenance
- Water and Plant Growth
- Soil Water
- Planning an Irrigation System
- How to Use a Watering System
- Slippery Slime Control
10 Maintenance of Plants
- Pruning Evergreens
- General Pruning Techniques For Ornamental Flowering Shrubs and Trees
- Winter Pruning
- Pruning Fruit Trees
- Pruning Lemon Trees
- Pruning Perennials
- Pruning Roses
- Pruning Tools
- Environmental Influences on Plants
- Physical Plant Protection Methods
N.B. Each lesson is followed by a self-assessment test, set task or tasks which could include: further research, networking, plus looking at the advantages and disadvantages of a particular subject and finally written assignments. The final written assignment is marked and graded by your personally assigned mentor and sent back with helpful comments and suggestions.
Learning Goals: Garden Maintenance VHT100
- Evaluate the maintenance needs and develop a plan for maintaining a garden.
- Select and maintain tools and equipment appropriately for use in garden maintenance.
- Describe maintenance requirements for garden structures such as furniture, gates and fencing.
- Maintain appropriate nutrition requirements for healthy plant growth.
- Control weeds in a garden.
- Use weedicides in a safe and effective way.
- Control pests using non chemical methods.
- Use chemical pesticides safely and efficiently.
- Maintain lawns in a healthy and well maintained condition.
- Describe options for managing water in a garden.
- Determine actions that should be taken to maintain a variety of different plants.
Practical (Set Tasks)
Your tutor for this course is:
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.
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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.,