Garden Maintenance Online Bundle, 3 Certificate Courses

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1. Garden Maintenance: Obtain a firm basis for maintaining a garden

This subject aims to provide you with a firm basis for maintaining a garden in a healthy and presentable state.

Garden maintenance is a diverse area of study, sometimes thought of as being the mundane side of horticulture, though in fact, it is today quite technical and a very critical area of concern.

2. Hydroponics: Understand This Scientific Art Of Hydroponics

Hydroponics is the cultivation of plants by placing the roots in a liquid nutrient solution rather than in soil. Many of us, have placed a plant cutting in water and noticed that it sprouts roots and begins to grow. This is a simple form of hydroponics. Unfortunately, most plants will not sprout roots and all you get is dead stems and smelly water. This course will teach you the fundamentals of what to feed your plants and how best to do it, hydroponically. 

Soon you will understand this scientific art and the course will break down the technical terminology and guide you through the process of successfully operating your own hydroponics set-up.

3. Garden Design: Learn to design the gardens of your dreams

Explore the art of garden design in this comprehensive course. You will learn the fundamental elements of style, basic techniques and professional tricks necessary to design the gardens of your dreams.

Professional garden designing courses are something that is inspirational and is essentially teaching solving the various logistical problems associated with what you have to work with, where to position such items as pathways, swimming pools, tennis courts, water features, flower beds and which plants would be most suited. Good garden design adds these ingredients to create a style in keeping with the site, the house and your client's requirements.

The whole process of design begins long before you put pen to paper. Your initial job is to find out just what you have and then what you want to achieve based on this initial fact finding.

Once this basic analysis is completed, you can then move on to the fun job of preparing the design.

Receive Lifetime Access to Course Materials, so you can review at any time.

For comprehensive information on units of study click the units of study tab above.

This is an incredible opportunity to invest in yourself and your future, sharpen your training skills and learn what it takes to create your own success with CoursesForSuccess Today!

Course Fast Facts:

  1. All courses are easy to follow and understand
  2. Unlimited lifetime access to course materials
  3. Study as many courses as you want
  4. Delivered 100% on-line and accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  5. You can study from home or at work, at your own pace, in your own time
  6. Download printer friendly course content

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online by any device including PC, tablet or Smart Phone. Upon purchase an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. 

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon completion of  each course assessment, you will receive a certificate per course. An accredited certificate from the awarding body relating to your course.

Receive Lifetime Access to Course Materials, so you can review at any time.

The Garden Maintenance 3 Course Bundle includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Garden Maintenance

Planning and Managing a Garden

  • A proficient gardener will plan his/her work program carefully
  • The main criteria to consider when deciding on a maintenance programme are:
  • is the area located in a prominent position
  • The major areas of parks maintenance work are outlined below
  • Departmental Organisation
  • Staffing
  • Works Programming

Furnishings and Machinery

  • A broad overview of Machinery for Parks Maintenance
  • Mowers
  • Aerators/Power Rakes
  • Fertiliser Spreaders
  • Chippers
  • Leaf Rakes/Vacuums
  • Seeders
  • Hydraulic Pruners
  • Spray Units
  • Irrigation
  • Power Tools – Tool Maintenance
  • Bush Cutters
  • Mowers
  • Manual (Push) Mowers
  • 2 Stroke Petrol Mowers
  • Electric Mowers
  • Hover Mowers
  • Ride On Mowers
  • How to Mow – the Rules
  • Mulchers
  • Outdoor Furniture

Feeding Plants

  • Plant Care – Nutrition
  • Nutrition of Plants in Containers
  • Fertilizers
  • Solid Fertilizers in the Mixture
  • Top Dressing
  • Foliar Sprays
  • Rates of Application
  • Ways of Improving Soils
  • Cation Exchange Capacity
  • Soil pH
  • Nutrient availability and pH

Weed Control

  • Introduction
  • Weed Control Methods
  • Plant Competition
  • Weed Control with Fire
  • Chemical Weed Control
  • Chemical Classification of Weedicides
  • Mulching
  • Some Common Groups of Weeds
  • Weed Control in Greenhouses

Commonly used Chemicals

  • Pesticides
  • Fungicides
  • Types of Herbicide Chemicals
  • Treating Problems

Natural Pest Control

  • Natural Sprays
  • Diatomaceous Earth
  • Soapy Water
  • Companion Planting (examples of unfavourable combinations)
  • The following examples perform well together
  • Ways to Control Pests and Diseases
  • Pests and Diseases
  • Diseases
  • Plant Viruses
  • Virus Control
  • Pests

Safety Procedures and Chemicals

  • Golden Rules
  • Keeping Records
  • What Information should be kept
  • Steps involved in Chemical Treatments
  • Summary of Pesticides
  • Read Labels thoroughly
  • Toxicity
  • Spectrum of Activity
  • LD50
  • Persistence
  • Volatility
  • Repellency
  • Flushing Action
  • Knockdown Action
  • Phytotoxicity
  • Systemic or Not

Turf Care

  • Turf Varieties in Parks and their Maintenance
  • Turf Grass Varieties
  • Lawn Grass Mixtures
  • Environmental Problems
  • Methods of Controlling Weed Problems
  • Some Turf Weedicides

Irrigation Systems

  • Irrigation systems for broadacre and landscaped areas can be classified under five basic types
  • Travelling Sprinkler Systems
  • Quick Coupling Valve System
  • Manually Operated
  • Semi Automatic
  • When selecting any of the above mentioned systems, consideration should be given to the following
  • Once these questions have been answered, selection of the type of system should be possible, other factors that then need to be considered are
  • Types of Sprinkler Equipment
  • Irrigation
  • Properly Planning your Irrigation System
  • Sprinkler Systems
  • Trickle System
  • How to use a Watering System
  • Automatic Systems
  • Maintenance of Watering Systems
  • Watering Plants

Maintenance of Plants

  • Plants, which are attended to, and have routine maintenance carried out on them w ill maintain good health and live longer
  • Plant Care – General: Pruning
  • Bonsai
  • Topiary
  • Physical Plant Protection Methods
  • Layout of Drains
  • Outlet
  • Gradients
  • Distance between Drainage Pipes
  • Types of Drains

Course 2 - Hydroponics

INTRODUCTION

  • Understand the structure of a plant
  • Define the term 'Hydroponics' and outline the different types
  • Outline the advantages and disadvantages of hydroponics

PLANT GROWTH REQUIREMENTS

  • Understand the requirements for plant growth

BASIC CHEMISTRY AND PLANT NUTRITION

  • Understand basic chemistry
  • Explain what nutrition plants need to thrive

NUTRIENT SOLUTIONS

  • Understand how and why formulae are required
  • Identify the nutrients required for plant nutrition
  • Explain the effect of pH on nutrients

PLANT DOCTOR

  • Recognise the threats to plants
  • Plan to take preventative measure to protect plants
  • Identify common pest problems
  • Identify fungal diseases on plants

CLASSIFICATION OF HYDROPONIC SYSTEMS

  • Understand the variable of a system
  • Outline how to grow vegetables hydroponically

BERRY FRUIT AND ORNAMENTAL PLANTS

  • Understand the process for growing berries
  • Outline the ideal conditions for growing ornamental plants

NUTRICULTURE SYSTEMS

  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of nutriculture systems
  • Identify the symptoms of nutrient deficiency

CULTURE AND MANAGEMENT OF SOME GREENHOUSE CROPS

  • Outline the conditions to monitor in the greenhouse that might influence performance of plants

Course 3 - Garden Design

Introduction – Garden Design Influences

  • British Garden Designers
  • Brown, Lancelot 
  • Crowe, (Dame) Sylvia
  • Farrer, Reginald 
  • Jekyll, Gertrude 
  • Jellicoe, Geoffrey 
  • Kent, William 
  • Le Notre 
  • London, George 
  • Lorraine, Claude 
  • Lutyen, (Sir) Edwin 
  • Mollet, Claude
  • Paxton, (Sir) Joseph 
  • Peto, Harold
  • Price, (Sir) Uvedale 
  • Repton, Humphrey 
  • Robinson, William 
  • Rose, John 
  • Sackville-West, Vita 
  • Switzer, Stephen 
  • Wise, Henry 
  • Famous American Landscape Designers
  • Church, Thomas 
  • Downing, Andrew Jackson 
  • Jefferson, Thomas 
  • Olmsted, Frederick Law 
  • Steele, Fletcher 
  • London Landscape Designers
  • Abercrombie, Sir Patrick
  • Agar, Madeline
  • Bridgeman, Charles 
  • Brown, Lancelot ‘Capability’
  • Brown, Michael
  • Chamberlain, Powell and Bon
  • Chambers, Sir William 
  • Colvin, Brenda
  • Colvin and Moggridge
  • Crowe, Dame Sylvia
  • Darbourne and Darke
  • Derek Lovejoy and Partners
  • Gibberd, Sir Frederick
  • GLC Parks Department
  • Hicks, Philip
  • Holden, Robert
  • Jacobsen, Preben
  • Jellicoe, Sir Geoffrey
  • Kent, William 
  • Lancaster, Michael
  • Land Use Consultants
  • Le Notre, Andre
  • Liversedge, Jamie
  • London and Wise
  • Lutyens, Edwin
  • Mawson, Thomas
  • Paxton, Joseph
  • Page, Russell
  • Pickering, Maurice
  • Repton, Humphrey
  • Rowbotham, Rick
  • Shepherd, Sir Peter
  • Tibbalds Monroe
  • Turner, Tom

The Client-Designer Relationship - The Basic Principles of Garden Design

  • Client-Designer Relationship
  • Initial Meeting
  • Follow-up Meeting
  • Budget
  • Presenting the Budget
  • Key to a Successful Job
  • Basic Principles of Garden Design
  • Unity
  • Balance
  • Colour
  • Natural Transition

Planning the Garden

  • Planning a Garden
  • Main Spaces
  • Garden Utilities
  • Recreation Areas
  • Structural Features
  • Storage Requirements
  • Plumbing, Electrical, Drainage
  • Pets
  • Special Places
  • Garden Ornaments
  • Glossary
  • Accent Plants
  • Annual Gardens
  • Balance

Base Map

  • Base Plan
  • Balance
  • Border Planting:
  • Bubble Diagram
  • Client or Family Interview
  • Clients
  • Commercial Grounds

Completed Landscape Design

  • Concept Lines
  • Concept Plans
  • Corner Plantings
  • Cost Effectiveness
  • Draft Designs
  • Easements
  • Elements of Design
  • Emphasis
  • Foundation Plantings
  • Freestanding or Group Plantings
  • Functional
  • Hard-Goods
  • Hardscaping
  • Height and Width
  • Imaginary Lines
  • Implementation
  • Key Plants
  • Landscape
  • Landscape Architect
  • Landscape Designer
  • Landscape Design Process
  • Landscape Design Program
  • Landscape Design Sequence
  • Maintainability
  • Mass Plantings
  • Micro-Manage
  • Module
  • Needs Assessment
  • Patio Garden
  • Perennial Gardens
  • Photographic View
  • Plant Groupings
  • Plan View or Plan View Drawings
  • Primary Elements of Design
  • Principles of Design
  • Professional Landscape Designer
  • Public Grounds
  • Residential Grounds
  • Scale
  • Screen Plantings
  • Seasonal Interest or Colour:
  • Secondary Elements of Design

Sequence

  • Simplicity
  • Site Analysis
  • Site Plan
  • Site Survey
  • Spaces
  • Specimen Plants
  • Sub-module
  • Sustainable Landscape
  • Texture
  • Trees
  • Unity
  • Variety
  • Visualisation Exercise
  • Visually Pleasing

Taking Measurements

  • Triangulation
  • How to Measure Changes in Level or a
  • Preparing A Scale Drawing

Drawing the Plan

  • Outline Design
  • Preparing Structural Plan
  • Making a Planting Plan
  • Structural Planting
  • Ground Cover Planting
  • Ornamental Planting
  • Functional Planting
  • Design Principles
  • Style
  • Flow
  • Scale
  • Rhythm or Repetition
  • Paths
  • Focal Points

Light & Shade

  • Terminology
  • Summing up Garden Design Process
  • Initial Consultation
  • Survey
  • Analysis and Sketch Designs
  • Structure Plan

Planting Plan

  • Construction
  • Preparing the Garden
  • Aspect
  • Drainage
  • Erosion
  • Using Different Levels – Shaping &
  • Cut & Fills
  • Coping with Slopes
  • Marking Out
  • Marking Out from Offsets

Equipment, Tools, Soil and Irrigation

  • Equipment & Tools
  • Crowbar
  • Cultivator
  • Dibbers
  • Fertiliser Spreader
  • Forks
  • Gloves
  • High Pruners
  • Hoes
  • Ladder
  • Lawn Roller
  • Lines
  • Lopping Pruners
  • Mattock
  • pH Testing Equipment
  • Pick
  • Pruning Saw
  • Rakes
  • Secateurs
  • Shovel
  • Sieves
  • Spades
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Soil
  • pH Scale
  • Soil Improvers
  • Clay
  • Sandy
  • Too Alkaline Soils
  • Too Acid Soils
  • Compost
  • Irrigation
  • Pipes
  • Drip Irrigation
  • Sprays and Sprinklers
  • Moveable Sprinklers
  • Oscillator Sprays
  • Water Tractors
  • Fan Sprayers
  • Fixed Sprinklers
  • Fixed systems and micro sprays
  • Mini Sprinklers
  • Impact Sprinklers
  • Pop-up Sprinklers & Fixed Riser Spray
  • Emitter Choice

Surfaces

  • Paving The Way
  • Surfaces
  • Natural Stone
  • Granite
  • Slate
  • Marble
  • Cobbles and Boulders
  • Sand
  • Paver Bedding Sand
  • Brickies Loam
  • Washed Pit Sand
  • White Silver Sand
  • Fill Sand
  • Medium River Sand
  • Gravel & Chippings
  • Brick
  • Patio & Walks
  • Bases
  • Drainage
  • Brick Bonding Patterns
  • Stretcher Bond
  • Herringbone
  • Basket weave
  • Stack Bond Bricks
  • Diagonal Dutch
  • Quartered Stable Pavers
  • Laying a Brick Path
  • Tiles
  • Concrete Blocks
  • Concrete Laid on Site
  • Trims & Edges
  • Bricks
  • Metal Strips
  • Concrete Curb Edgings
  • Granite Sets
  • Precast Concrete Slabs
  • Tiles
  • Rope Edgings
  • Timber
  • Boards
  • Round Sawn Logs
  • Unsawn Logs
  • Heavy Logs
  • Railway Sleepers
  • Natural stone

Lawns and Steps

  • Lawns
  • Lawns Step-by-Step
  • Steps
  • Tread
  • Riser
  • Nosing
  • Pitch
  • Top & Bottom Landings
  • Intermediate Landing
  • Side Wall(s)
  • Foundation
  • Riser/Tread Ratios
  • Materials & Designs
  • Rock Steps
  • Vertical Log Steps
  • Fully Recessed Stone Steps
  • Three directional Stone Steps
  • Partially Recessed Stone Steps
  • Projecting Brick Steps
  • Sawed Wood Risers
  • Horizontal Log Risers
  • Cantilevered Steps
  • Ramps
  • Using Wood to Build Ramps
  • Tools
  • Earth Handling Tools
  • Useful Portable Power Tools
  • Fasteners
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Bolts
  • Connectors
  • Footings
  • Railings

Planting

  • Planting
  • Basic Planting Procedures for
  • Planting Procedures for Bare-rooted
  • Pre-Planting Fertiliser
  • Staking
  • Time of Planting
  • General Plant Care
  • Watering
  • Feeding
  • Foliar Feeding
  • When to Feed with Fertiliser
  • Using Organic Material
  • Protection from Pests & Diseases
  • Pruning
  • Removing Dead or diseased Wood
  • Controlling Type of Growth
  • Flower/Fruit or Vegetative Buds
  • Controlling the Shape & Size
  • Pollarding
  • Rejuvenating
  • Basic Rules of Pruning
  • Time of Pruning
  • Dead Heading
  • Special Notes on Tree Care
  • Keeping Trees Healthy

Garden Features

  • Gazebos
  • Statuary
  • Gates & Arches
  • Sundials & Birdbaths
  • Garden Furniture
  • Urns, Pots & Tubs
  • Paths & Pavers
  • Traditional Water Features
  • Pergolas, Pleached Alleys & Arbours
  • Pleached Alleys
  • Bowers & Arbours
  • Lawns
  • Lawns are Beneficial
  • Lawn Shape & Design
  • Garden Edges
  • Using Edging to the Best Effect
  • Types of Edging
  • Timber
  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Use of Pavers Stone & Gravels
  • Methods of Laying Pavers
  • Concrete
  • Choosing a Water Garden
  • Location
  • Cost
  • Size
  • Ease of Setting Up
  • Moving or Still Water
  • Plants & Animals to Use
  • Keeping Water In
  • Concrete
  • Brick or Stone
  • Fibreglass
  • Pool Liners
  • Waterproofing the Ground
  • Clean Water
  • Filters
  • Hints
  • Walls
  • Brick
  • Coping
  • Expansion Joints
  • Concrete
  • Fencing
  • Close Board Fencing

Costing and Estimation

  • Irregular Areas
  • Radical Method
  • Grid Method
  • The Dot Method
  • The Planimeter
  • Working our Hourly Rates
  • Terms
  • Salary
  • Operating Costs
  • Bulk Time Rate
  • Chargeable Hours
  • Hourly Charge-Out Rate

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

About this Course

Get Garden Maintenance, Hydroponics and Garden Design in this Bundle

1. Garden Maintenance: Obtain a firm basis for maintaining a garden

This subject aims to provide you with a firm basis for maintaining a garden in a healthy and presentable state.

Garden maintenance is a diverse area of study, sometimes thought of as being the mundane side of horticulture, though in fact, it is today quite technical and a very critical area of concern.

2. Hydroponics: Understand This Scientific Art Of Hydroponics

Hydroponics is the cultivation of plants by placing the roots in a liquid nutrient solution rather than in soil. Many of us, have placed a plant cutting in water and noticed that it sprouts roots and begins to grow. This is a simple form of hydroponics. Unfortunately, most plants will not sprout roots and all you get is dead stems and smelly water. This course will teach you the fundamentals of what to feed your plants and how best to do it, hydroponically. 

Soon you will understand this scientific art and the course will break down the technical terminology and guide you through the process of successfully operating your own hydroponics set-up.

3. Garden Design: Learn to design the gardens of your dreams

Explore the art of garden design in this comprehensive course. You will learn the fundamental elements of style, basic techniques and professional tricks necessary to design the gardens of your dreams.

Professional garden designing courses are something that is inspirational and is essentially teaching solving the various logistical problems associated with what you have to work with, where to position such items as pathways, swimming pools, tennis courts, water features, flower beds and which plants would be most suited. Good garden design adds these ingredients to create a style in keeping with the site, the house and your client's requirements.

The whole process of design begins long before you put pen to paper. Your initial job is to find out just what you have and then what you want to achieve based on this initial fact finding.

Once this basic analysis is completed, you can then move on to the fun job of preparing the design.

Receive Lifetime Access to Course Materials, so you can review at any time.

For comprehensive information on units of study click the units of study tab above.

This is an incredible opportunity to invest in yourself and your future, sharpen your training skills and learn what it takes to create your own success with CoursesForSuccess Today!

Course Fast Facts:

  1. All courses are easy to follow and understand
  2. Unlimited lifetime access to course materials
  3. Study as many courses as you want
  4. Delivered 100% on-line and accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  5. You can study from home or at work, at your own pace, in your own time
  6. Download printer friendly course content

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online by any device including PC, tablet or Smart Phone. Upon purchase an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. 

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon completion of  each course assessment, you will receive a certificate per course. An accredited certificate from the awarding body relating to your course.

Receive Lifetime Access to Course Materials, so you can review at any time.

The Garden Maintenance 3 Course Bundle includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Garden Maintenance

Planning and Managing a Garden

  • A proficient gardener will plan his/her work program carefully
  • The main criteria to consider when deciding on a maintenance programme are:
  • is the area located in a prominent position
  • The major areas of parks maintenance work are outlined below
  • Departmental Organisation
  • Staffing
  • Works Programming

Furnishings and Machinery

  • A broad overview of Machinery for Parks Maintenance
  • Mowers
  • Aerators/Power Rakes
  • Fertiliser Spreaders
  • Chippers
  • Leaf Rakes/Vacuums
  • Seeders
  • Hydraulic Pruners
  • Spray Units
  • Irrigation
  • Power Tools – Tool Maintenance
  • Bush Cutters
  • Mowers
  • Manual (Push) Mowers
  • 2 Stroke Petrol Mowers
  • Electric Mowers
  • Hover Mowers
  • Ride On Mowers
  • How to Mow – the Rules
  • Mulchers
  • Outdoor Furniture

Feeding Plants

  • Plant Care – Nutrition
  • Nutrition of Plants in Containers
  • Fertilizers
  • Solid Fertilizers in the Mixture
  • Top Dressing
  • Foliar Sprays
  • Rates of Application
  • Ways of Improving Soils
  • Cation Exchange Capacity
  • Soil pH
  • Nutrient availability and pH

Weed Control

  • Introduction
  • Weed Control Methods
  • Plant Competition
  • Weed Control with Fire
  • Chemical Weed Control
  • Chemical Classification of Weedicides
  • Mulching
  • Some Common Groups of Weeds
  • Weed Control in Greenhouses

Commonly used Chemicals

  • Pesticides
  • Fungicides
  • Types of Herbicide Chemicals
  • Treating Problems

Natural Pest Control

  • Natural Sprays
  • Diatomaceous Earth
  • Soapy Water
  • Companion Planting (examples of unfavourable combinations)
  • The following examples perform well together
  • Ways to Control Pests and Diseases
  • Pests and Diseases
  • Diseases
  • Plant Viruses
  • Virus Control
  • Pests

Safety Procedures and Chemicals

  • Golden Rules
  • Keeping Records
  • What Information should be kept
  • Steps involved in Chemical Treatments
  • Summary of Pesticides
  • Read Labels thoroughly
  • Toxicity
  • Spectrum of Activity
  • LD50
  • Persistence
  • Volatility
  • Repellency
  • Flushing Action
  • Knockdown Action
  • Phytotoxicity
  • Systemic or Not

Turf Care

  • Turf Varieties in Parks and their Maintenance
  • Turf Grass Varieties
  • Lawn Grass Mixtures
  • Environmental Problems
  • Methods of Controlling Weed Problems
  • Some Turf Weedicides

Irrigation Systems

  • Irrigation systems for broadacre and landscaped areas can be classified under five basic types
  • Travelling Sprinkler Systems
  • Quick Coupling Valve System
  • Manually Operated
  • Semi Automatic
  • When selecting any of the above mentioned systems, consideration should be given to the following
  • Once these questions have been answered, selection of the type of system should be possible, other factors that then need to be considered are
  • Types of Sprinkler Equipment
  • Irrigation
  • Properly Planning your Irrigation System
  • Sprinkler Systems
  • Trickle System
  • How to use a Watering System
  • Automatic Systems
  • Maintenance of Watering Systems
  • Watering Plants

Maintenance of Plants

  • Plants, which are attended to, and have routine maintenance carried out on them w ill maintain good health and live longer
  • Plant Care – General: Pruning
  • Bonsai
  • Topiary
  • Physical Plant Protection Methods
  • Layout of Drains
  • Outlet
  • Gradients
  • Distance between Drainage Pipes
  • Types of Drains

Course 2 - Hydroponics

INTRODUCTION

  • Understand the structure of a plant
  • Define the term 'Hydroponics' and outline the different types
  • Outline the advantages and disadvantages of hydroponics

PLANT GROWTH REQUIREMENTS

  • Understand the requirements for plant growth

BASIC CHEMISTRY AND PLANT NUTRITION

  • Understand basic chemistry
  • Explain what nutrition plants need to thrive

NUTRIENT SOLUTIONS

  • Understand how and why formulae are required
  • Identify the nutrients required for plant nutrition
  • Explain the effect of pH on nutrients

PLANT DOCTOR

  • Recognise the threats to plants
  • Plan to take preventative measure to protect plants
  • Identify common pest problems
  • Identify fungal diseases on plants

CLASSIFICATION OF HYDROPONIC SYSTEMS

  • Understand the variable of a system
  • Outline how to grow vegetables hydroponically

BERRY FRUIT AND ORNAMENTAL PLANTS

  • Understand the process for growing berries
  • Outline the ideal conditions for growing ornamental plants

NUTRICULTURE SYSTEMS

  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of nutriculture systems
  • Identify the symptoms of nutrient deficiency

CULTURE AND MANAGEMENT OF SOME GREENHOUSE CROPS

  • Outline the conditions to monitor in the greenhouse that might influence performance of plants

Course 3 - Garden Design

Introduction – Garden Design Influences

  • British Garden Designers
  • Brown, Lancelot 
  • Crowe, (Dame) Sylvia
  • Farrer, Reginald 
  • Jekyll, Gertrude 
  • Jellicoe, Geoffrey 
  • Kent, William 
  • Le Notre 
  • London, George 
  • Lorraine, Claude 
  • Lutyen, (Sir) Edwin 
  • Mollet, Claude
  • Paxton, (Sir) Joseph 
  • Peto, Harold
  • Price, (Sir) Uvedale 
  • Repton, Humphrey 
  • Robinson, William 
  • Rose, John 
  • Sackville-West, Vita 
  • Switzer, Stephen 
  • Wise, Henry 
  • Famous American Landscape Designers
  • Church, Thomas 
  • Downing, Andrew Jackson 
  • Jefferson, Thomas 
  • Olmsted, Frederick Law 
  • Steele, Fletcher 
  • London Landscape Designers
  • Abercrombie, Sir Patrick
  • Agar, Madeline
  • Bridgeman, Charles 
  • Brown, Lancelot ‘Capability’
  • Brown, Michael
  • Chamberlain, Powell and Bon
  • Chambers, Sir William 
  • Colvin, Brenda
  • Colvin and Moggridge
  • Crowe, Dame Sylvia
  • Darbourne and Darke
  • Derek Lovejoy and Partners
  • Gibberd, Sir Frederick
  • GLC Parks Department
  • Hicks, Philip
  • Holden, Robert
  • Jacobsen, Preben
  • Jellicoe, Sir Geoffrey
  • Kent, William 
  • Lancaster, Michael
  • Land Use Consultants
  • Le Notre, Andre
  • Liversedge, Jamie
  • London and Wise
  • Lutyens, Edwin
  • Mawson, Thomas
  • Paxton, Joseph
  • Page, Russell
  • Pickering, Maurice
  • Repton, Humphrey
  • Rowbotham, Rick
  • Shepherd, Sir Peter
  • Tibbalds Monroe
  • Turner, Tom

The Client-Designer Relationship - The Basic Principles of Garden Design

  • Client-Designer Relationship
  • Initial Meeting
  • Follow-up Meeting
  • Budget
  • Presenting the Budget
  • Key to a Successful Job
  • Basic Principles of Garden Design
  • Unity
  • Balance
  • Colour
  • Natural Transition

Planning the Garden

  • Planning a Garden
  • Main Spaces
  • Garden Utilities
  • Recreation Areas
  • Structural Features
  • Storage Requirements
  • Plumbing, Electrical, Drainage
  • Pets
  • Special Places
  • Garden Ornaments
  • Glossary
  • Accent Plants
  • Annual Gardens
  • Balance

Base Map

  • Base Plan
  • Balance
  • Border Planting:
  • Bubble Diagram
  • Client or Family Interview
  • Clients
  • Commercial Grounds

Completed Landscape Design

  • Concept Lines
  • Concept Plans
  • Corner Plantings
  • Cost Effectiveness
  • Draft Designs
  • Easements
  • Elements of Design
  • Emphasis
  • Foundation Plantings
  • Freestanding or Group Plantings
  • Functional
  • Hard-Goods
  • Hardscaping
  • Height and Width
  • Imaginary Lines
  • Implementation
  • Key Plants
  • Landscape
  • Landscape Architect
  • Landscape Designer
  • Landscape Design Process
  • Landscape Design Program
  • Landscape Design Sequence
  • Maintainability
  • Mass Plantings
  • Micro-Manage
  • Module
  • Needs Assessment
  • Patio Garden
  • Perennial Gardens
  • Photographic View
  • Plant Groupings
  • Plan View or Plan View Drawings
  • Primary Elements of Design
  • Principles of Design
  • Professional Landscape Designer
  • Public Grounds
  • Residential Grounds
  • Scale
  • Screen Plantings
  • Seasonal Interest or Colour:
  • Secondary Elements of Design

Sequence

  • Simplicity
  • Site Analysis
  • Site Plan
  • Site Survey
  • Spaces
  • Specimen Plants
  • Sub-module
  • Sustainable Landscape
  • Texture
  • Trees
  • Unity
  • Variety
  • Visualisation Exercise
  • Visually Pleasing

Taking Measurements

  • Triangulation
  • How to Measure Changes in Level or a
  • Preparing A Scale Drawing

Drawing the Plan

  • Outline Design
  • Preparing Structural Plan
  • Making a Planting Plan
  • Structural Planting
  • Ground Cover Planting
  • Ornamental Planting
  • Functional Planting
  • Design Principles
  • Style
  • Flow
  • Scale
  • Rhythm or Repetition
  • Paths
  • Focal Points

Light & Shade

  • Terminology
  • Summing up Garden Design Process
  • Initial Consultation
  • Survey
  • Analysis and Sketch Designs
  • Structure Plan

Planting Plan

  • Construction
  • Preparing the Garden
  • Aspect
  • Drainage
  • Erosion
  • Using Different Levels – Shaping &
  • Cut & Fills
  • Coping with Slopes
  • Marking Out
  • Marking Out from Offsets

Equipment, Tools, Soil and Irrigation

  • Equipment & Tools
  • Crowbar
  • Cultivator
  • Dibbers
  • Fertiliser Spreader
  • Forks
  • Gloves
  • High Pruners
  • Hoes
  • Ladder
  • Lawn Roller
  • Lines
  • Lopping Pruners
  • Mattock
  • pH Testing Equipment
  • Pick
  • Pruning Saw
  • Rakes
  • Secateurs
  • Shovel
  • Sieves
  • Spades
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Soil
  • pH Scale
  • Soil Improvers
  • Clay
  • Sandy
  • Too Alkaline Soils
  • Too Acid Soils
  • Compost
  • Irrigation
  • Pipes
  • Drip Irrigation
  • Sprays and Sprinklers
  • Moveable Sprinklers
  • Oscillator Sprays
  • Water Tractors
  • Fan Sprayers
  • Fixed Sprinklers
  • Fixed systems and micro sprays
  • Mini Sprinklers
  • Impact Sprinklers
  • Pop-up Sprinklers & Fixed Riser Spray
  • Emitter Choice

Surfaces

  • Paving The Way
  • Surfaces
  • Natural Stone
  • Granite
  • Slate
  • Marble
  • Cobbles and Boulders
  • Sand
  • Paver Bedding Sand
  • Brickies Loam
  • Washed Pit Sand
  • White Silver Sand
  • Fill Sand
  • Medium River Sand
  • Gravel & Chippings
  • Brick
  • Patio & Walks
  • Bases
  • Drainage
  • Brick Bonding Patterns
  • Stretcher Bond
  • Herringbone
  • Basket weave
  • Stack Bond Bricks
  • Diagonal Dutch
  • Quartered Stable Pavers
  • Laying a Brick Path
  • Tiles
  • Concrete Blocks
  • Concrete Laid on Site
  • Trims & Edges
  • Bricks
  • Metal Strips
  • Concrete Curb Edgings
  • Granite Sets
  • Precast Concrete Slabs
  • Tiles
  • Rope Edgings
  • Timber
  • Boards
  • Round Sawn Logs
  • Unsawn Logs
  • Heavy Logs
  • Railway Sleepers
  • Natural stone

Lawns and Steps

  • Lawns
  • Lawns Step-by-Step
  • Steps
  • Tread
  • Riser
  • Nosing
  • Pitch
  • Top & Bottom Landings
  • Intermediate Landing
  • Side Wall(s)
  • Foundation
  • Riser/Tread Ratios
  • Materials & Designs
  • Rock Steps
  • Vertical Log Steps
  • Fully Recessed Stone Steps
  • Three directional Stone Steps
  • Partially Recessed Stone Steps
  • Projecting Brick Steps
  • Sawed Wood Risers
  • Horizontal Log Risers
  • Cantilevered Steps
  • Ramps
  • Using Wood to Build Ramps
  • Tools
  • Earth Handling Tools
  • Useful Portable Power Tools
  • Fasteners
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Bolts
  • Connectors
  • Footings
  • Railings

Planting

  • Planting
  • Basic Planting Procedures for
  • Planting Procedures for Bare-rooted
  • Pre-Planting Fertiliser
  • Staking
  • Time of Planting
  • General Plant Care
  • Watering
  • Feeding
  • Foliar Feeding
  • When to Feed with Fertiliser
  • Using Organic Material
  • Protection from Pests & Diseases
  • Pruning
  • Removing Dead or diseased Wood
  • Controlling Type of Growth
  • Flower/Fruit or Vegetative Buds
  • Controlling the Shape & Size
  • Pollarding
  • Rejuvenating
  • Basic Rules of Pruning
  • Time of Pruning
  • Dead Heading
  • Special Notes on Tree Care
  • Keeping Trees Healthy

Garden Features

  • Gazebos
  • Statuary
  • Gates & Arches
  • Sundials & Birdbaths
  • Garden Furniture
  • Urns, Pots & Tubs
  • Paths & Pavers
  • Traditional Water Features
  • Pergolas, Pleached Alleys & Arbours
  • Pleached Alleys
  • Bowers & Arbours
  • Lawns
  • Lawns are Beneficial
  • Lawn Shape & Design
  • Garden Edges
  • Using Edging to the Best Effect
  • Types of Edging
  • Timber
  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Use of Pavers Stone & Gravels
  • Methods of Laying Pavers
  • Concrete
  • Choosing a Water Garden
  • Location
  • Cost
  • Size
  • Ease of Setting Up
  • Moving or Still Water
  • Plants & Animals to Use
  • Keeping Water In
  • Concrete
  • Brick or Stone
  • Fibreglass
  • Pool Liners
  • Waterproofing the Ground
  • Clean Water
  • Filters
  • Hints
  • Walls
  • Brick
  • Coping
  • Expansion Joints
  • Concrete
  • Fencing
  • Close Board Fencing

Costing and Estimation

  • Irregular Areas
  • Radical Method
  • Grid Method
  • The Dot Method
  • The Planimeter
  • Working our Hourly Rates
  • Terms
  • Salary
  • Operating Costs
  • Bulk Time Rate
  • Chargeable Hours
  • Hourly Charge-Out Rate

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

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Computer requirements

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  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

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