Landscapers enjoy an active, outdoor career with the potential to build financially rewarding businesses. Whether you’re a hobby gardener or a landscape professional, this comprehensive landscaping course will take your expertise to the next level.
The Advanced Certificate of Landscaping is an online landscaping course that will help ambitious landscapers to take the next step in their career or business service offering.
Throughout this landscaping course, you will learn various methods to expand on landscape design knowledge with an emphasis on landscape planning and project management. You’ll also discover a range of design principles that ensure various gardens meet aesthetic criteria for planting design.
You will also learn how to select a range of plants, from bulbs to trees, to suit different conditions and for impact on microclimates on design. You’ll discover the latest technological advances in landscape design, how to incorporate lighting, walls, fencing, paths, and paving seamlessly into the design plan and confidently create many different types of gardens. Plus, learn the critical planning and project management aspects of professional landscaping.
On completion of this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of landscape design to develop a landscaping plan that exceeds client expectations.
Unit - Landscaping II
Unit 1 – The garden environment
Why do you want in a garden?
Components of a garden
Landscaping with water
Establishing a water garden
Choosing the construction method
Making a pool with a liner
Other types of water gardens
Water garden effects
Creating a waterfall
Formal and informal waterfalls
Plants for water gardens
Unit 2 – Landscape materials
What tool should be used for what job?
Concrete and cement types
How to mix concrete and mortar
Reinforcing, rodding, expansion joints
Gravel and mulched paths
Timber: types, stains, paints, preservatives
Plastics, metal, upholstery
Unit 3 – Using Bulbs, annuals and other low growing plants
Flower bed layout
Types of plants
Selecting annuals according to height
Annuals in containers
Types of herb gardens
Unit 4 – Landscaping with trees
Knowledge of trees in landscaping situations
Fast growing trees
Trees in the landscape
Why plant trees?
Problems with trees
Plant applications for trees, shrubs, ground covers
Trees with damaging roots
Trees with narrow canopies
Aesthetic criteria for planting design
Procedure and steps for planting design
Unit 5 – Ground cover plants
Ground covers: conifers, climbers, creepers
Low grasses to grow
Australian native groundcovers
How to build raised beds
Commonly used herbs
Landscaping with ferns
Unit 6 – Walls and fences
Getting the style right
Timber and picket
Brick or stone fences
Plants to grow on trellis
What will an arch do for your garden?
Choosing the rich arch
Timber and metal arches
Unit 7 – Paths and paving
Where to use surfacing
Paving: different types of materials
Maintaining an edge
Unit 8 – Treating slopes and Other problem areas
Helping plants get establish
Types of tree guards
Techniques for planting sloped areas
Pocket planting, slope serration, wattling and spray seeding
Plants suited to shade
Ferns and shade
Windbreaks, hedges and screens
Long narrow areas
Gardening in coastal areas
Design and planting a firebreak
Fire resistant plants
Plants more likely to burn
plants with some degree of fire resistance
Unit 9 – Garden features
Colours creating atmosphere
Outdoor living areas: Patios, seating
Garden structures and pool areas
Drystone walls and wet walls
Garden buildings and structures
Siting garden buildings
Deciding on building to buy
What to do with the floor
Planting around a garden building
Types of greenhouses
Choosing and siting a planter
Lighting trees, paths and ponds
Unit 10 – Designing for low maintenance
The cost of garden maintenance
Cost, tools and equipment and manpower
Expensive areas to maintain
Less expensive to maintain areas
Gardening in dry areas
Overcoming dry soils hints for dry sandy soils
Drought tolerant plants
Plants for dry places
Perennials suited to drier soils
Deciduous trees suited to hot dry
Hardy plants for inner city gardens
Resistant plants for urban areas
Indoor plants for air conditioned buildings
Unit 11 – Developing a landscape plan
The site planning process
Keeping it to scale
Techniques for keeping in scale
The importance of space
Features for small gardens
Unit 12 – Management of landscape projects
Mistakes to avoid
Moving existing soil
What tools are needed
Shaping sloping ground
What type of earth is useful
How clean is the soil?
Why does soil cost so much?
Safety around water
Safety for general work tasks
Unit - Landscaping III
Creating the Mood
Active vs Passive
Simple vs. complex
Movement vs. Static
Light vs. Shade
Managing Light and Shade
Increasing or Reducing Light
Plants that Thrive in Shade
Other Factors that Affect Mood
What Do You Want in a Garden
Personality in the Garden
Keeping it in Scale
Colour and the Garden
Using Coloured Statuary
Other Coloured Surfaces
Psychological Effects of Colours
Water in the Garden
Making a Garden Appear Cooler
Designing a Garden Room
Other Types of Gardens; formal, informal, natural, resort, permaculture, herb, rose, cottage
Cottage Garden Design
Cottage Garden Features
Plants in a Cottage Garden
Design Elements of Formal Gardens
Types of Formal Garden; Avenue, hedged beds, etc
Planting in Formal Gardens
Traditional Ornamentation; Sundials, Weather vanes, Bird Baths
Traditional Furniture; seats, pots, arbors, arches, gazebos
Types of Japanese Gardens: Hill and Pond, Dry Landscape, Tea Garden, Stroll Garden, Courtyard, Classic Rock Garden
Japanese Garden Features; Tori, Shishi-odishi, Moss Garden, Bamboo Fence, Bridges
Middle Eastern and Spanish Style
Features of Moorish Gardens
Sense of Enclosure
Mexican Planting Schemes
Use of Coloured Gravel
Features of Mediterranean Gardens
Use of Paint
Making the Most of Small Spaces
Coastal Garden Features
Temperature, Humidity and Wind
Salt and Soil Conditions
Technology in the garden; screens, lights, water features, music
Architecture; shapes and angles, colour, sculpture
Inner City Gardens
Types of Inner City Gardens
Creating an Eclectic Garden
Using Garden Ornaments in an Eclectic Garden
The Desert Landscape
Australian Bush Garden
Cacti and Succulent Gardens
Tropical Style Gardens
Bird Attracting Gardens
Estimated duration 100 hours
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