Garden Design & Maintenance Online Certificate Course

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Study Garden Design and Maintenance Online Certificate Course and Become A Gardening Expert

Whether you are thinking of starting a career outdoors as a gardening expert or you are already working in the industry and are thinking of starting your own garden company, then the Garden Design and Maintenance Online Certificate Course is the right choice for you.

This information packed course will teach you the basics you need to start your own gardening company or boost your career within the gardening industry. You can turn your hobby into a successful business by completing the twenty-nine modules and passing the multiple-choice question test.

The modules cover everything from basic gardening to pest control, landscaping and more. The course takes approximately fifteen hours to complete and on successful completion, you will have the ability to download and print your industry recognized certificate.

When applying for a position within the gardening industry, your potential employer will be able to confirm your certification online. During your studies you will enjoy the convenience of studying at your own pace with no set schedule and from anywhere using any device, as long as you have a connection to the internet to access the modules.

What you will learn with our Garden Design and Maintenance Online Certificate Course

  • Learn the basics of gardening from the various soil types to plant planning and purchasing.
  • Identify an effective garden planning process from the initial consultation with the client through to site surveys, maintenance planning, to the final and completed project.
  • Know different garden design styles. Learn how to gain inspiration throughout the day, how to design a mood board and how to implement your design effectively for the best results.
  • Understand site surveys, approvals and measuring techniques. Learn how to use survey maps, photographic records and what surveys and appraisals you are going to need before you begin.
  • Learn the benefits of project planning.
  • Know the five forms that should be included in all your client packs.
  • Learn more about drawing a plan and essential graphic skills.
  • Know the various surfaces and materials, understand what hard landscaping is and how to deal with it.
  • Know the secrets of great soil.

Garden Design and Maintenance Online Certificate Course - Requirements

The Garden Design and Maintenance Online Certificate Course is delivered 100 percent online.

To successfully complete this course, a student must:

  • Have access to the internet and the necessary technical skills to navigate the online learning resources
  • Have access to any mobile device with internet connectivity (laptop, desktop, tablet)
  • Be a self-directed learner
  • Possess sound language and literacy skills

Quick Course Facts

  1. Course content is structured for easy comprehension
  2. Registered students gain unrestricted access to the Garden Design and Maintenance Online Certificate Course
  3. All course material is available online 24/7 and can be accessed using any device
  4. Study online from anywhere in your own time at your own pace
  5. All students who complete the course will be awarded with a certificate of completion

Garden Design and Maintenance Online Certificate Course - Outline

Module 1: Gardening Basics

In this module you will learn the basics of gardening, from planning to maintenance, which will enable you to evaluate, plan, purchase, plant and maintain a garden to suit the natural environment and garden characteristics.

Gardening Basics

Before deciding what to grow in a garden, you must first determine the conditions you have to work with.

  • Soil Evaluation - Learn about the different types of natural soil and additional plant mixers which can be used to stimulate plant growth.
  • Garden planning and preparation - Understand the importance of initial planning on paper, before beginning the practical aspects of gardening.
  • Plant planning and purchase tips - Determine plant types and their uses, discover plant purchasing techniques.
  • Maintenance-Soil Nourishment and Watering - Learn the different materials essential for the nourishment of soil to facilitate growing and maintenance of healthy plants.

Module 2: Garden Design Process

In this module you will learn the different phases and requirements of good planning.

You will become familiar with the following aspects of the garden design planning process:

  • Discover the importance of the initial consultation, ongoing discussions, clarity and onsite analysis.
  • Understand the necessity of site surveying and garden concept plans to aid the decision-making process and avoid potential mishaps.
  • Learn the basic elements of good garden design, including the plant options, hardscapes, texture and color elements.

Garden Design Process

The best-looking and optimal-functioning gardens are those that were thoughtfully designed, skillfully created, attentively maintained and adapted organically and progressively.

Initial Discussion and Onsite Viewing

It is vital to discuss in detail the garden project requirements and gain clarity around each individual’s vision; these include overall vision of the completed project, budget, goals, timeline, preferences and the natural environment.

Site Survey and Garden Concept Designs

Once the initial discussions take place, the next step in the garden planning process is to carry out a site survey of the existing conditions, take measurements and map out the agreed boundaries to prepare the foundation for the next phase.

Consideration of the Basic Elements of Garden Design:

  • Scale
  • Color
  • Form & texture
  • Line/focal point
  • Foundation (bones) of a Garden

Garden Plant Design Planning

  • Planning of Trees
  • Planning of Shrubs
  • Planning of Ground Covers
  • Planning of Perennials & Annuals
  • Planning of Vines

Module 3: Garden Design Styles

In this module you will learn about the many types of garden design styles and themes available, while understanding that these can be adapted to each individual’s personal preferences and personality.

The following points are covered in the garden design module:

  • The importance of gathering inspiration daily from all avenues of your life, nature, other gardens, books, online and your creative inspiration
  • You will become familiar with an expansive list of garden design possibilities and the insight that there can be one singular theme, a combination of two or more or an adapted version of any

Garden Design Styles

  • Garden Styles Introduction
  • Gather Inspiration for Garden Designs
  • Creating a Garden Design Theme or Style
  • Create a Garden Design Ideas Mood Board
  • Implementing the Garden Design Style

Module 4: Survey, Site Appraisal & Measuring Techniques

In this module you will learn about the requirements and legalities of site surveys, materials required and main areas of measurement.

The main points discussed are:

  • Materials and areas of measurements required for surveying a site for garden design
  • The various measurement techniques used for accurately measuring the different aspects required for completing a site survey, including curved and irregular areas
  • Various scales used in recording site measurements on survey maps
  • Correct photographic recordings and survey map drawing requirements
  • Site appraisal records and site survey checklists

Introduction

Before planning or designing a garden, it is important to carry out a site survey on the proposed plot of land.

Main Areas for Accurate Measurements

  • Take Accurate Garden Dimensions
  • Measure Existing Garden Features
  • Check positioning of Underground Services
  • Assess Site Orientation

Module 5: Planning Your Projects

In this module, you will learn the important steps involved in planning your garden projects.

  • Learn the benefits of project planning regardless of the size of project
  • Become knowledgeable in the stages of project planning
  • Discover the importance of creating timelines, chronological action step lists and available resources
  • Learn about developing preliminary plans and baseline plans when planning a garden project

Planning Your Projects

It is cost and time effective to plan out each gardening project before you begin.

  • Initiation
  • Planning
  • Execution
  • Monitor and Control
  • Project Close
  • Detailed Steps of Project Planning

Module 6: Proportion Illusions & Effective Use of Space

This module covers tricks, techniques and gardening ideas to ensure you can truly optimize the amount of available space in a garden. These are effective methods to make the most out of courtyards, city houses and other small gardens.

Proportion Illusions and Effective Use of Space

  • Proportion Illusions
  • Use Long Straight Lines to Create Illusion of Size
  • Effective Use of Color
  • Create a View
  • Create a Cozy Retreat
  • Divide the Garden Space
  • Create a Distraction
  • Add Garden Rooms
  • Create a final destination point
  • Create a focal point attraction

Module 7: Drawing a Plan and Graphics skills

In this module you will discover the advantages of creating a garden layout plan that incorporates existing features and desired changes to ensure the best choices are made for each garden plot saving time, money and energy.

Drawing a Plan and Graphics Skills

  • Why Create a Garden Layout Plan?
  • How to Create a Garden Layout Plan?
  • Creating a Scale for the Plan
  • How to Create a Garden Plan Graphic
  • Garden Design Ideas for Completing Your Plan
  • Potential Problems Checklist

You will learn how time spent with creative experimentation on paper can result in saving a lot of timely and costly delays and allow for the optimal garden creation for each space

You will learn how to draw a garden plan which offers beauty and practicality once you have carried out a site survey and consultation

Module 8: Surface and Materials / Hard Landscaping

By the end of this chapter, you will have learned:

  • The different considerations before deciding on which garden surface materials to choose for each landscape for effective style & functionality.
  • About the different hard landscaping options which can be used for varying garden requirements and preferences from solid garden flooring options like stone and concrete to softer, uneven options such as glass beadings or pebbles.
  • To be familiar with the advantages and uses of combining two or more hard surface options within one garden such as cost, functionality and style.

Before choosing the hard landscaping materials for a garden, you will need to know the function of each garden space.

  • Considerations for Garden Landscape Surface & Materials
  • Surface & Materials Used for Hard Landscaping
  • Advantages of Combining different Hard Landscaping Surface Materials
  • Hard Landscaping Combination Options

Module 9: Secrets of Great Soil

Learn the composition of the various soil types including their textures and unique components.

Learn the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of soil and what can be done to enhance each for increased fertility.

Discover the types of plants that are best suited to each soil type: sandy, chalky, clay, peat, silt and loam.

Discover the secrets of creating great soil by use of organic, natural materials.

Module 10: Plant Selection & Care

In the Secrets of Great Soil Module, you will learn about the different qualities of soils any garden can have, what needs to be done to enhance the soil and what works best with each soil type.

Introduction

Before you can make any decision about what to grow in a garden, you must first determine the conditions you have to work with.

Types of Soil

The soil provides a home for the roots of each plant to source much needed nutrients and water. There are two layers of soil, the top soil and the deeper layer of natural earth below.

  • Clay
  • Peat
  • Chalk
  • Sand
  • Silt
  • Loam

Soil Improvement & Testing

To improve the quality of soil in any garden, dig thoroughly and add organic matter.

Secrets of Great Soil – 5 Natural Additives

Nature offers us many great secrets; it is possible to have a chemical free, organic lush garden.

Module 11: Plant Knowledge

Before gardening it is best to understand plants from their reproductive systems and classification to what plants grow better near each other.

Here are some of the highlights this module will provided:

  • Understand plant reproductive systems: Asexual and sexual reproduction, plus a little plant physiology.
  • Introduction to plant classification for a beginning to what plants to use.
  • Learn what plants work well in different gardens and the importance of matching certain plants together.

Plant Reproduction Systems

Sexual reproduction requires a fusion of parents to create a plant. Asexual reproduction is when new individuals are formed without genetic fusion of gametes.

  • Types of Asexual Reproduction
  • Sexual Reproduction

Plant Classification

These are just a few of the plant classifications that are explained by the anatomy of the plant including whether it flowers or not.

Planting Different Gardens

When the space is available more than one type of garden might be matched.

Exotic and Tropical Plant Gardens

Based on a temperate location, which can be cold, wet, and marginally sunny many tropical plants have a difficult time being in a garden unless they are container gardens that can be moved inside during winter.

Module 12: Low Maintenance Gardens/Planting

Gardening is certainly a relaxing hobby, but it can also take a lot of time busy gardeners simply are not able to spare. It is possible to hire a gardener to maintain the plants; however, this can also be more expensive than the garden owner is able to consider.

  • How to Identify High Maintenance Areas in an Existing Garden
  • Types of Low Maintenance Gardens
  • Using Different Features for Low Maintenance
  • Planting Fewer Varieties, but More in Numbers
  • Time Saving Tips

Module 13: Sustainability

Ecologically sustainability is about humans and food sources. The idea is for enough food sources to be available to the human race in order to survive. For gardening and landscaping, the definition of sustainability changes. It is no longer about humans and food sources, but about maintaining the garden.

Sustainable Plants

Plant physiology differs from species to species and sometimes within different genera. Perennial Plant Suggestions:

  • Evergreen: banana, begonia, hemlock
  • Deciduous: pine, goldenrod, and mint
  • Monocarpic: agave, streptocarpus or flowering plants in the gesneriaceae species
  • Woody: maple, pine, and apple
  • Herbaceous: red clover, alfalfa, basil

Why Edible Plants are Sustainable

While there are some plants that will not grow more than one season like lettuce, plenty of other fruit, vegetable, and herb plants will continue to grow as long as they have proper sunlight, water, and heat.

Going Native with Plant Choices

Another way to maintain a garden year after year besides choosing perennials is to choose an appropriate plant for the climate.

Reusing and Recycling Materials in the Garden

While much of the focus is on growing the plants and choosing sustainable options like perennials, there should also be a focus on reusing and recycling materials in the garden.

Module 14: Garden Maintenance

Garden maintenance is a necessary step to owning a garden whether it is a container, greenhouse, or lawn garden. The amount of maintenance required is based on the plan, plants, and overall design.

This module will explore the following with regard to maintaining a garden:

  • How to reduce maintenance if it is getting out of control
  • Pruning and deadheading for appropriate care of plants
  • Pest control is necessary and can be done naturally
  • Fertilizer enhances the soil, but is it necessary?

How to Reduce Maintenance

During the planning stage, purchasing a home with an existing garden, or suddenly maintenance is too much there are options you have to reduce maintenance.

Pruning and Deadheading

A part of maintenance for some gardens can be pruning and deadheading.

Pest Control the Natural Way

Planning a garden around the amount of maintenance you want to do each season is important.

Fertilizer: Is it Necessary?

Depending on the soil your garden is planted in, there may or may not be a need for fertilizer.

Winterization Techniques to Use

The UK, parts of the US and Northern Europe all definitely have cold winters and these are some of the main areas we speak of when referring to a temperate climate.

Module 15: Equipment

By the end of this module, you will know:

  • What equipment you will need to run a garden design and maintenance service
  • How to choose the right tools for each job
  • What each piece of equipment is capable of
  • About racks & stakes for vine plants

Introduction

Having a beautiful garden does not mean expensive equipment is needed.

  • Choosing the Right Tools for the Garden
  • Racks and Stakes for Vine Plants
  • Gardening Bins for Soil, Fertilizer, and Pest Control
  • Rakes, Shears, and More
  • Watering Equipment: Deciding How Best to Water the Garden
  • Other must have tools for gardeners

Module 16: Pest Control

No one wants to deal with garden pests, let alone use pest control that can be dangerous to their health. Yet, it happens all the time. By learning proper pest control techniques, it might be a simple fix to those pesky pests that keep coming back year after year, ruining what was once a beautiful garden.

Defining Pests: What do you think a garden pest is?

What you consider a garden pest may be to someone else the cure all to their garden.

Natural versus Chemical Pesticides

Killing the pests that come into a garden may not sit well. Perhaps there is just an issue with killing anything in general. Perhaps it is more to do with having to take care of the dead once it happens.

Protecting a Garden from Pests: Integrated Pest Management

Integrated pest management or IPM is at least 25 years old in name, but it has been used for centuries.

Monitoring the Pest Levels

After establishing pest control for the types of pests a garden owner wants to keep out of their space, it is time to see if the method is working.

Module 17: Solutions to Difficult Gardens

It is up to the gardener or home owner of the garden to make decisions on what to do, but the following topics should certainly help:

  • Removing high maintenance areas to ensure the difficulty level decreases
  • Adding container plants to keep the plants owners love without possible difficulties
  • Changing irrigation and watering systems might be all it takes

Removing High Maintenance Areas

One of the things that make most gardens difficult is the maintenance it takes to keep the garden looking great.

  • Container Plants
  • Changing Irrigation and Watering Systems
  • Adding in New Plants
  • Starting over with the Entire Garden

Module 18: Vegetable and Herb Gardens

This module will focus on the following as a way to get started with vegetables and herbs in a garden. You will learn:

  • What to plant in your garden?
  • How to plant vegetable and herb gardens
  • How to water the garden
  • How to fertilize the garden
  • About canning your bounty

Introduction

While flowers, trees and shrubs look great and have important functions for biodiversity and aesthetic beauty, being able to eat what is grown is even better.

  • What to Plant in Vegetable and Herb Gardens?
  • Planting What You Love
  • Natural Partners versus
  • Enemies & the Space you Need
  • Timing is Everything
  • How to Plant Vegetable and Herb Gardens
  • How to Water the Garden
  • Fertilization Techniques
  • Canning the Food and Herbs

Module 19: Running your own Gardening Business

The rest of the module will focus on the following points:

  • Let clients know the level of knowledge staff have
  • Focus on building a website presence
  • Only take orders for what staff members can reasonably handle
  • Focus on customer service to be successful
  • Quality overall is most important.

Running your Own Gardening Business

  • Launching Your Business
  • Factors that influence the
  • likely success of your business
  • Post Training and Certifications for Clients to See
  • Focus on Building a Website Presence
  • Making Good on Deliveries and Gardening Jobs
  • Pricing Your Service
  • Factors to keep in mind while pricing your gardening services
  • Finding your cost

Customer Service Equals Success

Being in a service industry like gardening and landscaping, it is imperative to have excellent customer service not only as an owner but also with every staff member.

Module 20: Marketing and Social Media

The following sections are included:

  • Learn about website business marketing
  • Marketing and social media for a bricks and mortar company
  • How networking is still in
  • Additional social media tools to use
  • Advertising costs for today’s business

Marketing and Social Media

Getting your first customers

Once you have completed all the formalities of setting up your own gardening business, have your licenses, equipment, and training in place and you are ready to start, it is now that the real test starts.

Off-line Marketing

In their haste to be online, most businesses have forgotten the art of good old, traditional offline marketing which is still just as useful as it was before online marketing became so popular.

Website Business and Marketing Techniques

To be successful in business it is important to let potential clients know a company exists by any means available including old school techniques and a little in advertising costs.

Module 21: Health and Safety

A lot of the information in the module also highlights things most owners already plan for, but need to see in black and white to confirm the necessity. The below information are highlights for this module:

  • Health and Safety Laws including the Policy Statement
  • Responsibilities of an employer, employee and safety officer
  • Risks involved in gardening
  • Employee Training requirements
  • Safe Handling of Substances

Health and Safety Laws

By law any business whether gardening and landscaping or retail will need to have a safe and healthy working environment for employees, contractors, clients, and members of the public.

  • Responsibilities of Employer, Employee and Safety Officer
  • Risks Involved in Gardening
  • Employee Training Requirements
  • Safe Handling of Substances
  • Safety Equipment Required for Gardening
  • Need for Hygiene

Module 22: Insurance, Tax, VAT and Record Keeping

This will include a comprehensive examination of the types of insurances you should have plus the information about taxes, your books, and accountant needs. This module will include:

  • An overview of the types of insurance required.
  • Income business tax structure.
  • Taxation and how it will affect your business.
  • Record Keeping and Software: you will need to have detailed records for taxes, which is made easier by software.
  • Why hiring an accountant is a good thing for your gardening business?

Insurance, Tax, VAT and Record Keeping

  • Types of Insurance for Gardening
  • Self-employment or other Business Taxes
  • Book Keeping and Software
  • Hiring an Accountant

Module 23: How to build raised flower beds

This module will tell you about raised beds, their benefits, utility and how to make a raised bed. In this Module you will learn about the following:

  • Benefits of raised beds
  • Materials to use for raised beds
  • Ideal dimensions for raised beds
  • Stepwise direction of how to make a raised bed

How to Build Raised Flower Beds

One of the most convenient ways to grow vegetables and flowers are in raised beds. As the name suggests they are raised above the level of the ground.

  • Benefits of Raised Beds
  • What Material Can You Use to Build a Raised Bed?
  • What Is the Ideal dimension For a Raised Bed?
  • How to Build the Raised Bed?

Module 24: How to lay a patio

Having a patio for a house is a great idea. As people are realizing the value of a patio, the demand for patios is increasing. As a gardening expert and landscape artist, you may be asked to design and put in a patio for your clients.

In this module you will learn the following:

  • What is a patio
  • What is an ideal size for a patio?
  • What materials to use for a patio
  • Materials needed to lay a patio
  • Things to consider while planning and laying a patio
  • How to go about laying a patio

How to Lay a Patio

Patios can be big or small, can vary in shape from plain rectangular ones to an irregular shaped on or even a circular one. Before you start to lay a patio, you need to define how your client will use it.

  • What should you lay it with?
  • Tool & Equipment Needed
  • Laying the Patio

Module 25: Decking

Sometimes you will be required to build a deck for a client.

They are useful areas to extend the overall space available in the house. It is useful to have a deck if there are pets and kids in the house. Most people who have gardens like to have a deck so they can sit out and enjoy the beauty of their garden. As a professional gardener, you may be asked to build one for a client.

Introduction

Decking is very useful surface and perfect for family homes, offering a multi-purpose floor.

  • A list of tools you will need
  • Steps in building

Module 26: How-to Put-Up Garden Fencing

Any good gardener knows the importance of a fence around the garden. When you start off as a professional gardener, you will be asked from time to time to put up fences or asked suggestion about which fences to use. You need to know your fences well to be able to help out your clients.

How-to put-up garden fencing?

If you are an avid gardener then you know the value of a fence. It is extremely frustrating to see weeks of your labor gone to dogs, and the entire season’s harvest lying eaten and destroyed by animals.

  • Types of Fencing
  • Getting started
  • Best Fence for the Garden
  • Building a Vinyl Coated Welded Wire Fence with T Posts

Module 27: How to turf a garden / lay a lawn

One of the most important functions of a gardener is to lay turf on a garden to create a lawn. Most people with enough space like to have turf. There is more to turf laying than merely seeding a lawn.

How to Turf a Garden and Lay a Lawn

Sowing seeds to grow new grass can be difficult and take a lot of patience, an alternative option is to turf your own garden or lay your own grass rolls.

  • Getting started
  • How to prepare the soil

Module 28: How to lay artificial grass areas

A lot of people like to have lawns but shy of it due to the amount of work that it requires. One good way to have a lawn without the pains of maintaining it is to lay artificial turf or grass over an area.

In this module you will learn the following about artificial turf:

  • Why there is a need for artificial turf
  • The types of turf available
  • Calculation of cost and material
  • Material you will need
  • Tools you will need
  • How to lay artificial turf

How to Lay Artificial Grass Areas

There is a special satisfaction that one derives from green perfectly mowed lawn. Anyone who has ever had a lawn knows the amount of labor that goes into creating a beautiful green expanse.

Module 29: How to Build a Garden Pond

A water feature in a garden can be the focal point of a garden if done well. Having a pond or a stream running through a garden is a beautiful sight. As a professional gardener you will be required to build a water feature by a client sooner or later.

You will learn the following:

  • Choosing the right site
  • Picking out the correct lining
  • Material and tools needed to build the pond
  • Step by step instructions to build a basic pond

 Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete this course, receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Module 1: Gardening Basics

  • Soil type, soil evaluation & soil improvement: learn about the different types of natural soil and additional plant mixers which can be used to stimulate plant growth.
  • Garden planning & preparation: Understand the importance of initial planning on paper, before beginning the practical aspects of gardening.
  • Plant planning & purchase tips: Determine plant types and their uses, discover plant purchasing techniques.
  • Maintenance-Soil Nourishment & Watering: Learn the different materials essential for the nourishment of soil to facilitate growing and maintenance of healthy plants.

Module 2 : Garden Design Process

  • To discover the importance of the initial consultation, ongoing discussions, clarity and onsite analysis.
  • To understand the necessity of site surveying and garden concept plans to aid the decision- making process and avoid potential mishaps.
  • The basic elements of good garden design, including the plant options, hardscapes, texture and colour elements.
  • To become aware of the process in reaching the master garden plan stage and incorporating further elements into during the implementation stage.

Module 3 : Garden Design Styles

  • The importance of gathering inspiration daily from all avenues of your life, nature, other gardens, books, online and your creative inspiration.
  • An expansive list of garden design possibilities and the insight that there can be one singular theme, a combination of two or more or an adapted version of any.
  • How creating a garden design mood board assists both the owner and garden designer in creating a visual effect of the ideas, colours, plants and preferred overall theme, which can be incorporated into the garden space and features available.
  • How to use a virtual mood board created from an array of images.

Module 4 : Survey, Site Appraisal & Measuring Techniques

  • Materials and areas of measurements required for surveying a site for garden design
  • The various measurement techniques used for accurately measuring the different aspects required for completing a site survey, including curved and irregular areas
  • Various scales used in recording site measurements on survey maps
  • Correct photographic recordings and survey map drawing requirements

Module 5 : Planning Your Projects

  • Learn the benefits of project planning regardless of the size of project
  • Become knowledgeable in the stages of project planning
  • Discover the importance of creating timelines, chronological action step lists and available resources
  • Learn about developing preliminary plans and baseline plans when planning a garden project

Module 6 : Proportion Illusions & Effective Use of Space

  • Discover ways to incorporate and create optical illusion methods to enhance small garden spaces so they appear larger than life, such as creating focal points and distractions
  • You will learn many techniques including the use of long lines and garden division methods
  • The effective use of space to create a garden that suits all tastes and preferences
  • Learn about narrow plant varieties, shelf layering and creating a portable garden to suit small gardens

Module 7 : Drawing a Plan & Graphics skills

  • You will learn how time spent with creative experimentation on paper can result in saving a lot of timely and costly delays and allow for the optimal garden creation for each space
  • You will learn how to draw a garden plan which offers beauty and practicality once you have carried out a site survey and consultation
  • You will discover how to create a scale for your garden plan that allows ease of following and minimize mistakes
  • You will know how to create a graphic from your garden plan to show best visual representation for the proposed changes and design options

Module 8 : Surface & Materials / Hard Landscaping

  • The different considerations you should make before deciding which garden surface materials to choose for each landscape for effective style and functionality.
  • The different hard landscaping options, which can be used for varying garden requirements and preferences from solid garden flooring options like stone and concrete to softer, uneven options such as glass beadings or pebbles.
  • The advantages and uses of combining two or more hard surface options within one garden such as cost, functionality and style.
  • How to be familiar with the creative use of hard landscaping materials that are used to turn dull spaces into stunning visual displays and create functional but attractive garden areas.

Module 9 : Secrets of Great Soil

  • Learn the composition of the various soil types including their textures and unique components.
  • Learn the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of soil and what can be done to enhance each for increased fertility.
  • Discover the types of plants that are best suited to each soil type: sandy, chalky, clay, peat, silt and loam.
  • Discover the secrets of creating great soil by use of organic, natural materials.

Module 10 : Plant Selection & Care

  • Learn the advantages of planting native species to enhance your garden and surrounding wildlife species
  • Learn how to best use space constraints and other factors to adhere to when planning the spatial aspects of plant life.
  • Learn about colour themes and the colour wheel so that the garden plants, shrubs and trees chosen complement the existing background and client preferences.
  • Learn about the effect of sunlight and climate features in relation to plant selection.

Module 11 : Plant Knowledge

  • Understand plant reproductive systems: Asexual and sexual reproduction, plus a little plant physiology.
  • Receive a brief introduction to plant classification for a beginning to what plants to use.
  • Learn what plants work well in different gardens and the importance of matching certain plants together.
  • Learn about exotic and tropical plants, the care they need and how to grow them in temperate climates.

Module 12 : Low Maintenance Gardens/Planting

  • How to identify high maintenance areas in an existing garden
  • The different types of low maintenance gardens
  • How to use gravel, soil, and turf to make the garden maintenance lower
  • How planting few varieties, but more in number is a solution

Module 13 : Sustainability

  • Why creating a garden with plants that are maintainable is important
  • Why edible plants are sustainable
  • Going native with plants for sustainability
  • Reusing and Recycling Materials in the Garden

Module 14 : Garden Maintenance

  • How to reduce maintenance if it is getting out of control
  • Pruning and deadheading for appropriate care of plants
  • How to perform natural pest control
  • Winterisation in a temperate climate is an essential part of owning a garden

Module 15 : Equipment

  • What equipment you will need to run a garden design & maintenance service
  • How to choose the right tools for each job
  • What each piece of equipment is capable of
  • About racks & stakes for vine plants

Module 16 : Pest Control

  • How to define and identify common gardening pests
  • The difference between natural and chemical pesticides
  • How to garden based on the pests in your garden
  • How to monitor the pests in your garden to determine if a treatment plan is working

Module 17 : Solutions to Difficult Gardens

  • About adding container plants to keep the plants owners love without possible difficulties
  • How changing irrigation and watering systems can make a difficult garden easier to manage
  • About adding new plants with an eye towards low maintenance or new landscaping for easier gardens
  • How sometime starting over is the best option

Module 18 : Vegetable and Herb Gardens

  • What to plant
  • How to plant vegetable and herb gardens
  • How to fertilize the garden
  • About canning

Module 19 : Running your own Gardening Business

  • About tailoring your services to meet the needs of groups of customers
  • How to build a website presence
  • How to price your service
  • Why customer service is essential

Module 20: Marketing and Social Media

  • About website business marketing
  • About marketing and social media for a bricks and mortar company
  • Why networking is still important
  • About advertising costs

Module 21: Health and Safety

  • Health and safety laws, including the Policy Statement
  • The responsibilities of an employer, employee and safety officer
  • The risks involved in gardening
  • The employee training requirements

Module 22: Insurance, Tax, VAT and Record Keeping

  • An overview of the types of insurance required
  • The income business tax structure
  • The implications of VAT and how it will affect your business
  • Record keeping and software: you will need to have detailed records for taxes, which is made easier by software

Module 23: How to build raised flower beds

  • Benefits of raised beds
  • Materials to use for raised beds
  • Ideal dimensions for raised beds
  • Step by step directions of how to make a raised bed

Module 24: How to lay a patio

  • What is a patio
  • What is an ideal size for a patio
  • What materials to use for a patio
  • Materials needed to lay a patio

Module 25: Decking

  • Planning a deck
  • Ideal Placement of a deck
  • Choosing the material to build it with
  • Tools needed

Module 26: How to Put Up Garden Fencing

  • The importance of fencing
  • What factors to consider while deciding upon a fence type
  • Choosing the best option for a particular garden
  • The types of fences available and where to use them

Module 27: How to turf a garden / lay a lawn

  • About choosing the right grass or turf for the lawn
  • How to prepare the soil for turf
  • How to take care of turf to establish a lawn
  • A step by step guide to laying turf

Module 28: How to lay artificial grass areas

  • Why there is a need for artificial turf
  • The types of turf available
  • Calculation of cost and material
  • Material you will need

Module 29: How to Build a Garden Pond

  • Choosing the right site
  • Picking out the correct lining
  • Material and tools needed to build the pond
  • Step by step instructions to build a basic pond

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

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About this Course

Study Garden Design and Maintenance Online Certificate Course and Become A Gardening Expert

Whether you are thinking of starting a career outdoors as a gardening expert or you are already working in the industry and are thinking of starting your own garden company, then the Garden Design and Maintenance Online Certificate Course is the right choice for you.

This information packed course will teach you the basics you need to start your own gardening company or boost your career within the gardening industry. You can turn your hobby into a successful business by completing the twenty-nine modules and passing the multiple-choice question test.

The modules cover everything from basic gardening to pest control, landscaping and more. The course takes approximately fifteen hours to complete and on successful completion, you will have the ability to download and print your industry recognized certificate.

When applying for a position within the gardening industry, your potential employer will be able to confirm your certification online. During your studies you will enjoy the convenience of studying at your own pace with no set schedule and from anywhere using any device, as long as you have a connection to the internet to access the modules.

What you will learn with our Garden Design and Maintenance Online Certificate Course

  • Learn the basics of gardening from the various soil types to plant planning and purchasing.
  • Identify an effective garden planning process from the initial consultation with the client through to site surveys, maintenance planning, to the final and completed project.
  • Know different garden design styles. Learn how to gain inspiration throughout the day, how to design a mood board and how to implement your design effectively for the best results.
  • Understand site surveys, approvals and measuring techniques. Learn how to use survey maps, photographic records and what surveys and appraisals you are going to need before you begin.
  • Learn the benefits of project planning.
  • Know the five forms that should be included in all your client packs.
  • Learn more about drawing a plan and essential graphic skills.
  • Know the various surfaces and materials, understand what hard landscaping is and how to deal with it.
  • Know the secrets of great soil.

Garden Design and Maintenance Online Certificate Course - Requirements

The Garden Design and Maintenance Online Certificate Course is delivered 100 percent online.

To successfully complete this course, a student must:

  • Have access to the internet and the necessary technical skills to navigate the online learning resources
  • Have access to any mobile device with internet connectivity (laptop, desktop, tablet)
  • Be a self-directed learner
  • Possess sound language and literacy skills

Quick Course Facts

  1. Course content is structured for easy comprehension
  2. Registered students gain unrestricted access to the Garden Design and Maintenance Online Certificate Course
  3. All course material is available online 24/7 and can be accessed using any device
  4. Study online from anywhere in your own time at your own pace
  5. All students who complete the course will be awarded with a certificate of completion

Garden Design and Maintenance Online Certificate Course - Outline

Module 1: Gardening Basics

In this module you will learn the basics of gardening, from planning to maintenance, which will enable you to evaluate, plan, purchase, plant and maintain a garden to suit the natural environment and garden characteristics.

Gardening Basics

Before deciding what to grow in a garden, you must first determine the conditions you have to work with.

  • Soil Evaluation - Learn about the different types of natural soil and additional plant mixers which can be used to stimulate plant growth.
  • Garden planning and preparation - Understand the importance of initial planning on paper, before beginning the practical aspects of gardening.
  • Plant planning and purchase tips - Determine plant types and their uses, discover plant purchasing techniques.
  • Maintenance-Soil Nourishment and Watering - Learn the different materials essential for the nourishment of soil to facilitate growing and maintenance of healthy plants.

Module 2: Garden Design Process

In this module you will learn the different phases and requirements of good planning.

You will become familiar with the following aspects of the garden design planning process:

  • Discover the importance of the initial consultation, ongoing discussions, clarity and onsite analysis.
  • Understand the necessity of site surveying and garden concept plans to aid the decision-making process and avoid potential mishaps.
  • Learn the basic elements of good garden design, including the plant options, hardscapes, texture and color elements.

Garden Design Process

The best-looking and optimal-functioning gardens are those that were thoughtfully designed, skillfully created, attentively maintained and adapted organically and progressively.

Initial Discussion and Onsite Viewing

It is vital to discuss in detail the garden project requirements and gain clarity around each individual’s vision; these include overall vision of the completed project, budget, goals, timeline, preferences and the natural environment.

Site Survey and Garden Concept Designs

Once the initial discussions take place, the next step in the garden planning process is to carry out a site survey of the existing conditions, take measurements and map out the agreed boundaries to prepare the foundation for the next phase.

Consideration of the Basic Elements of Garden Design:

  • Scale
  • Color
  • Form & texture
  • Line/focal point
  • Foundation (bones) of a Garden

Garden Plant Design Planning

  • Planning of Trees
  • Planning of Shrubs
  • Planning of Ground Covers
  • Planning of Perennials & Annuals
  • Planning of Vines

Module 3: Garden Design Styles

In this module you will learn about the many types of garden design styles and themes available, while understanding that these can be adapted to each individual’s personal preferences and personality.

The following points are covered in the garden design module:

  • The importance of gathering inspiration daily from all avenues of your life, nature, other gardens, books, online and your creative inspiration
  • You will become familiar with an expansive list of garden design possibilities and the insight that there can be one singular theme, a combination of two or more or an adapted version of any

Garden Design Styles

  • Garden Styles Introduction
  • Gather Inspiration for Garden Designs
  • Creating a Garden Design Theme or Style
  • Create a Garden Design Ideas Mood Board
  • Implementing the Garden Design Style

Module 4: Survey, Site Appraisal & Measuring Techniques

In this module you will learn about the requirements and legalities of site surveys, materials required and main areas of measurement.

The main points discussed are:

  • Materials and areas of measurements required for surveying a site for garden design
  • The various measurement techniques used for accurately measuring the different aspects required for completing a site survey, including curved and irregular areas
  • Various scales used in recording site measurements on survey maps
  • Correct photographic recordings and survey map drawing requirements
  • Site appraisal records and site survey checklists

Introduction

Before planning or designing a garden, it is important to carry out a site survey on the proposed plot of land.

Main Areas for Accurate Measurements

  • Take Accurate Garden Dimensions
  • Measure Existing Garden Features
  • Check positioning of Underground Services
  • Assess Site Orientation

Module 5: Planning Your Projects

In this module, you will learn the important steps involved in planning your garden projects.

  • Learn the benefits of project planning regardless of the size of project
  • Become knowledgeable in the stages of project planning
  • Discover the importance of creating timelines, chronological action step lists and available resources
  • Learn about developing preliminary plans and baseline plans when planning a garden project

Planning Your Projects

It is cost and time effective to plan out each gardening project before you begin.

  • Initiation
  • Planning
  • Execution
  • Monitor and Control
  • Project Close
  • Detailed Steps of Project Planning

Module 6: Proportion Illusions & Effective Use of Space

This module covers tricks, techniques and gardening ideas to ensure you can truly optimize the amount of available space in a garden. These are effective methods to make the most out of courtyards, city houses and other small gardens.

Proportion Illusions and Effective Use of Space

  • Proportion Illusions
  • Use Long Straight Lines to Create Illusion of Size
  • Effective Use of Color
  • Create a View
  • Create a Cozy Retreat
  • Divide the Garden Space
  • Create a Distraction
  • Add Garden Rooms
  • Create a final destination point
  • Create a focal point attraction

Module 7: Drawing a Plan and Graphics skills

In this module you will discover the advantages of creating a garden layout plan that incorporates existing features and desired changes to ensure the best choices are made for each garden plot saving time, money and energy.

Drawing a Plan and Graphics Skills

  • Why Create a Garden Layout Plan?
  • How to Create a Garden Layout Plan?
  • Creating a Scale for the Plan
  • How to Create a Garden Plan Graphic
  • Garden Design Ideas for Completing Your Plan
  • Potential Problems Checklist

You will learn how time spent with creative experimentation on paper can result in saving a lot of timely and costly delays and allow for the optimal garden creation for each space

You will learn how to draw a garden plan which offers beauty and practicality once you have carried out a site survey and consultation

Module 8: Surface and Materials / Hard Landscaping

By the end of this chapter, you will have learned:

  • The different considerations before deciding on which garden surface materials to choose for each landscape for effective style & functionality.
  • About the different hard landscaping options which can be used for varying garden requirements and preferences from solid garden flooring options like stone and concrete to softer, uneven options such as glass beadings or pebbles.
  • To be familiar with the advantages and uses of combining two or more hard surface options within one garden such as cost, functionality and style.

Before choosing the hard landscaping materials for a garden, you will need to know the function of each garden space.

  • Considerations for Garden Landscape Surface & Materials
  • Surface & Materials Used for Hard Landscaping
  • Advantages of Combining different Hard Landscaping Surface Materials
  • Hard Landscaping Combination Options

Module 9: Secrets of Great Soil

Learn the composition of the various soil types including their textures and unique components.

Learn the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of soil and what can be done to enhance each for increased fertility.

Discover the types of plants that are best suited to each soil type: sandy, chalky, clay, peat, silt and loam.

Discover the secrets of creating great soil by use of organic, natural materials.

Module 10: Plant Selection & Care

In the Secrets of Great Soil Module, you will learn about the different qualities of soils any garden can have, what needs to be done to enhance the soil and what works best with each soil type.

Introduction

Before you can make any decision about what to grow in a garden, you must first determine the conditions you have to work with.

Types of Soil

The soil provides a home for the roots of each plant to source much needed nutrients and water. There are two layers of soil, the top soil and the deeper layer of natural earth below.

  • Clay
  • Peat
  • Chalk
  • Sand
  • Silt
  • Loam

Soil Improvement & Testing

To improve the quality of soil in any garden, dig thoroughly and add organic matter.

Secrets of Great Soil – 5 Natural Additives

Nature offers us many great secrets; it is possible to have a chemical free, organic lush garden.

Module 11: Plant Knowledge

Before gardening it is best to understand plants from their reproductive systems and classification to what plants grow better near each other.

Here are some of the highlights this module will provided:

  • Understand plant reproductive systems: Asexual and sexual reproduction, plus a little plant physiology.
  • Introduction to plant classification for a beginning to what plants to use.
  • Learn what plants work well in different gardens and the importance of matching certain plants together.

Plant Reproduction Systems

Sexual reproduction requires a fusion of parents to create a plant. Asexual reproduction is when new individuals are formed without genetic fusion of gametes.

  • Types of Asexual Reproduction
  • Sexual Reproduction

Plant Classification

These are just a few of the plant classifications that are explained by the anatomy of the plant including whether it flowers or not.

Planting Different Gardens

When the space is available more than one type of garden might be matched.

Exotic and Tropical Plant Gardens

Based on a temperate location, which can be cold, wet, and marginally sunny many tropical plants have a difficult time being in a garden unless they are container gardens that can be moved inside during winter.

Module 12: Low Maintenance Gardens/Planting

Gardening is certainly a relaxing hobby, but it can also take a lot of time busy gardeners simply are not able to spare. It is possible to hire a gardener to maintain the plants; however, this can also be more expensive than the garden owner is able to consider.

  • How to Identify High Maintenance Areas in an Existing Garden
  • Types of Low Maintenance Gardens
  • Using Different Features for Low Maintenance
  • Planting Fewer Varieties, but More in Numbers
  • Time Saving Tips

Module 13: Sustainability

Ecologically sustainability is about humans and food sources. The idea is for enough food sources to be available to the human race in order to survive. For gardening and landscaping, the definition of sustainability changes. It is no longer about humans and food sources, but about maintaining the garden.

Sustainable Plants

Plant physiology differs from species to species and sometimes within different genera. Perennial Plant Suggestions:

  • Evergreen: banana, begonia, hemlock
  • Deciduous: pine, goldenrod, and mint
  • Monocarpic: agave, streptocarpus or flowering plants in the gesneriaceae species
  • Woody: maple, pine, and apple
  • Herbaceous: red clover, alfalfa, basil

Why Edible Plants are Sustainable

While there are some plants that will not grow more than one season like lettuce, plenty of other fruit, vegetable, and herb plants will continue to grow as long as they have proper sunlight, water, and heat.

Going Native with Plant Choices

Another way to maintain a garden year after year besides choosing perennials is to choose an appropriate plant for the climate.

Reusing and Recycling Materials in the Garden

While much of the focus is on growing the plants and choosing sustainable options like perennials, there should also be a focus on reusing and recycling materials in the garden.

Module 14: Garden Maintenance

Garden maintenance is a necessary step to owning a garden whether it is a container, greenhouse, or lawn garden. The amount of maintenance required is based on the plan, plants, and overall design.

This module will explore the following with regard to maintaining a garden:

  • How to reduce maintenance if it is getting out of control
  • Pruning and deadheading for appropriate care of plants
  • Pest control is necessary and can be done naturally
  • Fertilizer enhances the soil, but is it necessary?

How to Reduce Maintenance

During the planning stage, purchasing a home with an existing garden, or suddenly maintenance is too much there are options you have to reduce maintenance.

Pruning and Deadheading

A part of maintenance for some gardens can be pruning and deadheading.

Pest Control the Natural Way

Planning a garden around the amount of maintenance you want to do each season is important.

Fertilizer: Is it Necessary?

Depending on the soil your garden is planted in, there may or may not be a need for fertilizer.

Winterization Techniques to Use

The UK, parts of the US and Northern Europe all definitely have cold winters and these are some of the main areas we speak of when referring to a temperate climate.

Module 15: Equipment

By the end of this module, you will know:

  • What equipment you will need to run a garden design and maintenance service
  • How to choose the right tools for each job
  • What each piece of equipment is capable of
  • About racks & stakes for vine plants

Introduction

Having a beautiful garden does not mean expensive equipment is needed.

  • Choosing the Right Tools for the Garden
  • Racks and Stakes for Vine Plants
  • Gardening Bins for Soil, Fertilizer, and Pest Control
  • Rakes, Shears, and More
  • Watering Equipment: Deciding How Best to Water the Garden
  • Other must have tools for gardeners

Module 16: Pest Control

No one wants to deal with garden pests, let alone use pest control that can be dangerous to their health. Yet, it happens all the time. By learning proper pest control techniques, it might be a simple fix to those pesky pests that keep coming back year after year, ruining what was once a beautiful garden.

Defining Pests: What do you think a garden pest is?

What you consider a garden pest may be to someone else the cure all to their garden.

Natural versus Chemical Pesticides

Killing the pests that come into a garden may not sit well. Perhaps there is just an issue with killing anything in general. Perhaps it is more to do with having to take care of the dead once it happens.

Protecting a Garden from Pests: Integrated Pest Management

Integrated pest management or IPM is at least 25 years old in name, but it has been used for centuries.

Monitoring the Pest Levels

After establishing pest control for the types of pests a garden owner wants to keep out of their space, it is time to see if the method is working.

Module 17: Solutions to Difficult Gardens

It is up to the gardener or home owner of the garden to make decisions on what to do, but the following topics should certainly help:

  • Removing high maintenance areas to ensure the difficulty level decreases
  • Adding container plants to keep the plants owners love without possible difficulties
  • Changing irrigation and watering systems might be all it takes

Removing High Maintenance Areas

One of the things that make most gardens difficult is the maintenance it takes to keep the garden looking great.

  • Container Plants
  • Changing Irrigation and Watering Systems
  • Adding in New Plants
  • Starting over with the Entire Garden

Module 18: Vegetable and Herb Gardens

This module will focus on the following as a way to get started with vegetables and herbs in a garden. You will learn:

  • What to plant in your garden?
  • How to plant vegetable and herb gardens
  • How to water the garden
  • How to fertilize the garden
  • About canning your bounty

Introduction

While flowers, trees and shrubs look great and have important functions for biodiversity and aesthetic beauty, being able to eat what is grown is even better.

  • What to Plant in Vegetable and Herb Gardens?
  • Planting What You Love
  • Natural Partners versus
  • Enemies & the Space you Need
  • Timing is Everything
  • How to Plant Vegetable and Herb Gardens
  • How to Water the Garden
  • Fertilization Techniques
  • Canning the Food and Herbs

Module 19: Running your own Gardening Business

The rest of the module will focus on the following points:

  • Let clients know the level of knowledge staff have
  • Focus on building a website presence
  • Only take orders for what staff members can reasonably handle
  • Focus on customer service to be successful
  • Quality overall is most important.

Running your Own Gardening Business

  • Launching Your Business
  • Factors that influence the
  • likely success of your business
  • Post Training and Certifications for Clients to See
  • Focus on Building a Website Presence
  • Making Good on Deliveries and Gardening Jobs
  • Pricing Your Service
  • Factors to keep in mind while pricing your gardening services
  • Finding your cost

Customer Service Equals Success

Being in a service industry like gardening and landscaping, it is imperative to have excellent customer service not only as an owner but also with every staff member.

Module 20: Marketing and Social Media

The following sections are included:

  • Learn about website business marketing
  • Marketing and social media for a bricks and mortar company
  • How networking is still in
  • Additional social media tools to use
  • Advertising costs for today’s business

Marketing and Social Media

Getting your first customers

Once you have completed all the formalities of setting up your own gardening business, have your licenses, equipment, and training in place and you are ready to start, it is now that the real test starts.

Off-line Marketing

In their haste to be online, most businesses have forgotten the art of good old, traditional offline marketing which is still just as useful as it was before online marketing became so popular.

Website Business and Marketing Techniques

To be successful in business it is important to let potential clients know a company exists by any means available including old school techniques and a little in advertising costs.

Module 21: Health and Safety

A lot of the information in the module also highlights things most owners already plan for, but need to see in black and white to confirm the necessity. The below information are highlights for this module:

  • Health and Safety Laws including the Policy Statement
  • Responsibilities of an employer, employee and safety officer
  • Risks involved in gardening
  • Employee Training requirements
  • Safe Handling of Substances

Health and Safety Laws

By law any business whether gardening and landscaping or retail will need to have a safe and healthy working environment for employees, contractors, clients, and members of the public.

  • Responsibilities of Employer, Employee and Safety Officer
  • Risks Involved in Gardening
  • Employee Training Requirements
  • Safe Handling of Substances
  • Safety Equipment Required for Gardening
  • Need for Hygiene

Module 22: Insurance, Tax, VAT and Record Keeping

This will include a comprehensive examination of the types of insurances you should have plus the information about taxes, your books, and accountant needs. This module will include:

  • An overview of the types of insurance required.
  • Income business tax structure.
  • Taxation and how it will affect your business.
  • Record Keeping and Software: you will need to have detailed records for taxes, which is made easier by software.
  • Why hiring an accountant is a good thing for your gardening business?

Insurance, Tax, VAT and Record Keeping

  • Types of Insurance for Gardening
  • Self-employment or other Business Taxes
  • Book Keeping and Software
  • Hiring an Accountant

Module 23: How to build raised flower beds

This module will tell you about raised beds, their benefits, utility and how to make a raised bed. In this Module you will learn about the following:

  • Benefits of raised beds
  • Materials to use for raised beds
  • Ideal dimensions for raised beds
  • Stepwise direction of how to make a raised bed

How to Build Raised Flower Beds

One of the most convenient ways to grow vegetables and flowers are in raised beds. As the name suggests they are raised above the level of the ground.

  • Benefits of Raised Beds
  • What Material Can You Use to Build a Raised Bed?
  • What Is the Ideal dimension For a Raised Bed?
  • How to Build the Raised Bed?

Module 24: How to lay a patio

Having a patio for a house is a great idea. As people are realizing the value of a patio, the demand for patios is increasing. As a gardening expert and landscape artist, you may be asked to design and put in a patio for your clients.

In this module you will learn the following:

  • What is a patio
  • What is an ideal size for a patio?
  • What materials to use for a patio
  • Materials needed to lay a patio
  • Things to consider while planning and laying a patio
  • How to go about laying a patio

How to Lay a Patio

Patios can be big or small, can vary in shape from plain rectangular ones to an irregular shaped on or even a circular one. Before you start to lay a patio, you need to define how your client will use it.

  • What should you lay it with?
  • Tool & Equipment Needed
  • Laying the Patio

Module 25: Decking

Sometimes you will be required to build a deck for a client.

They are useful areas to extend the overall space available in the house. It is useful to have a deck if there are pets and kids in the house. Most people who have gardens like to have a deck so they can sit out and enjoy the beauty of their garden. As a professional gardener, you may be asked to build one for a client.

Introduction

Decking is very useful surface and perfect for family homes, offering a multi-purpose floor.

  • A list of tools you will need
  • Steps in building

Module 26: How-to Put-Up Garden Fencing

Any good gardener knows the importance of a fence around the garden. When you start off as a professional gardener, you will be asked from time to time to put up fences or asked suggestion about which fences to use. You need to know your fences well to be able to help out your clients.

How-to put-up garden fencing?

If you are an avid gardener then you know the value of a fence. It is extremely frustrating to see weeks of your labor gone to dogs, and the entire season’s harvest lying eaten and destroyed by animals.

  • Types of Fencing
  • Getting started
  • Best Fence for the Garden
  • Building a Vinyl Coated Welded Wire Fence with T Posts

Module 27: How to turf a garden / lay a lawn

One of the most important functions of a gardener is to lay turf on a garden to create a lawn. Most people with enough space like to have turf. There is more to turf laying than merely seeding a lawn.

How to Turf a Garden and Lay a Lawn

Sowing seeds to grow new grass can be difficult and take a lot of patience, an alternative option is to turf your own garden or lay your own grass rolls.

  • Getting started
  • How to prepare the soil

Module 28: How to lay artificial grass areas

A lot of people like to have lawns but shy of it due to the amount of work that it requires. One good way to have a lawn without the pains of maintaining it is to lay artificial turf or grass over an area.

In this module you will learn the following about artificial turf:

  • Why there is a need for artificial turf
  • The types of turf available
  • Calculation of cost and material
  • Material you will need
  • Tools you will need
  • How to lay artificial turf

How to Lay Artificial Grass Areas

There is a special satisfaction that one derives from green perfectly mowed lawn. Anyone who has ever had a lawn knows the amount of labor that goes into creating a beautiful green expanse.

Module 29: How to Build a Garden Pond

A water feature in a garden can be the focal point of a garden if done well. Having a pond or a stream running through a garden is a beautiful sight. As a professional gardener you will be required to build a water feature by a client sooner or later.

You will learn the following:

  • Choosing the right site
  • Picking out the correct lining
  • Material and tools needed to build the pond
  • Step by step instructions to build a basic pond

 Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete this course, receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Module 1: Gardening Basics

  • Soil type, soil evaluation & soil improvement: learn about the different types of natural soil and additional plant mixers which can be used to stimulate plant growth.
  • Garden planning & preparation: Understand the importance of initial planning on paper, before beginning the practical aspects of gardening.
  • Plant planning & purchase tips: Determine plant types and their uses, discover plant purchasing techniques.
  • Maintenance-Soil Nourishment & Watering: Learn the different materials essential for the nourishment of soil to facilitate growing and maintenance of healthy plants.

Module 2 : Garden Design Process

  • To discover the importance of the initial consultation, ongoing discussions, clarity and onsite analysis.
  • To understand the necessity of site surveying and garden concept plans to aid the decision- making process and avoid potential mishaps.
  • The basic elements of good garden design, including the plant options, hardscapes, texture and colour elements.
  • To become aware of the process in reaching the master garden plan stage and incorporating further elements into during the implementation stage.

Module 3 : Garden Design Styles

  • The importance of gathering inspiration daily from all avenues of your life, nature, other gardens, books, online and your creative inspiration.
  • An expansive list of garden design possibilities and the insight that there can be one singular theme, a combination of two or more or an adapted version of any.
  • How creating a garden design mood board assists both the owner and garden designer in creating a visual effect of the ideas, colours, plants and preferred overall theme, which can be incorporated into the garden space and features available.
  • How to use a virtual mood board created from an array of images.

Module 4 : Survey, Site Appraisal & Measuring Techniques

  • Materials and areas of measurements required for surveying a site for garden design
  • The various measurement techniques used for accurately measuring the different aspects required for completing a site survey, including curved and irregular areas
  • Various scales used in recording site measurements on survey maps
  • Correct photographic recordings and survey map drawing requirements

Module 5 : Planning Your Projects

  • Learn the benefits of project planning regardless of the size of project
  • Become knowledgeable in the stages of project planning
  • Discover the importance of creating timelines, chronological action step lists and available resources
  • Learn about developing preliminary plans and baseline plans when planning a garden project

Module 6 : Proportion Illusions & Effective Use of Space

  • Discover ways to incorporate and create optical illusion methods to enhance small garden spaces so they appear larger than life, such as creating focal points and distractions
  • You will learn many techniques including the use of long lines and garden division methods
  • The effective use of space to create a garden that suits all tastes and preferences
  • Learn about narrow plant varieties, shelf layering and creating a portable garden to suit small gardens

Module 7 : Drawing a Plan & Graphics skills

  • You will learn how time spent with creative experimentation on paper can result in saving a lot of timely and costly delays and allow for the optimal garden creation for each space
  • You will learn how to draw a garden plan which offers beauty and practicality once you have carried out a site survey and consultation
  • You will discover how to create a scale for your garden plan that allows ease of following and minimize mistakes
  • You will know how to create a graphic from your garden plan to show best visual representation for the proposed changes and design options

Module 8 : Surface & Materials / Hard Landscaping

  • The different considerations you should make before deciding which garden surface materials to choose for each landscape for effective style and functionality.
  • The different hard landscaping options, which can be used for varying garden requirements and preferences from solid garden flooring options like stone and concrete to softer, uneven options such as glass beadings or pebbles.
  • The advantages and uses of combining two or more hard surface options within one garden such as cost, functionality and style.
  • How to be familiar with the creative use of hard landscaping materials that are used to turn dull spaces into stunning visual displays and create functional but attractive garden areas.

Module 9 : Secrets of Great Soil

  • Learn the composition of the various soil types including their textures and unique components.
  • Learn the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of soil and what can be done to enhance each for increased fertility.
  • Discover the types of plants that are best suited to each soil type: sandy, chalky, clay, peat, silt and loam.
  • Discover the secrets of creating great soil by use of organic, natural materials.

Module 10 : Plant Selection & Care

  • Learn the advantages of planting native species to enhance your garden and surrounding wildlife species
  • Learn how to best use space constraints and other factors to adhere to when planning the spatial aspects of plant life.
  • Learn about colour themes and the colour wheel so that the garden plants, shrubs and trees chosen complement the existing background and client preferences.
  • Learn about the effect of sunlight and climate features in relation to plant selection.

Module 11 : Plant Knowledge

  • Understand plant reproductive systems: Asexual and sexual reproduction, plus a little plant physiology.
  • Receive a brief introduction to plant classification for a beginning to what plants to use.
  • Learn what plants work well in different gardens and the importance of matching certain plants together.
  • Learn about exotic and tropical plants, the care they need and how to grow them in temperate climates.

Module 12 : Low Maintenance Gardens/Planting

  • How to identify high maintenance areas in an existing garden
  • The different types of low maintenance gardens
  • How to use gravel, soil, and turf to make the garden maintenance lower
  • How planting few varieties, but more in number is a solution

Module 13 : Sustainability

  • Why creating a garden with plants that are maintainable is important
  • Why edible plants are sustainable
  • Going native with plants for sustainability
  • Reusing and Recycling Materials in the Garden

Module 14 : Garden Maintenance

  • How to reduce maintenance if it is getting out of control
  • Pruning and deadheading for appropriate care of plants
  • How to perform natural pest control
  • Winterisation in a temperate climate is an essential part of owning a garden

Module 15 : Equipment

  • What equipment you will need to run a garden design & maintenance service
  • How to choose the right tools for each job
  • What each piece of equipment is capable of
  • About racks & stakes for vine plants

Module 16 : Pest Control

  • How to define and identify common gardening pests
  • The difference between natural and chemical pesticides
  • How to garden based on the pests in your garden
  • How to monitor the pests in your garden to determine if a treatment plan is working

Module 17 : Solutions to Difficult Gardens

  • About adding container plants to keep the plants owners love without possible difficulties
  • How changing irrigation and watering systems can make a difficult garden easier to manage
  • About adding new plants with an eye towards low maintenance or new landscaping for easier gardens
  • How sometime starting over is the best option

Module 18 : Vegetable and Herb Gardens

  • What to plant
  • How to plant vegetable and herb gardens
  • How to fertilize the garden
  • About canning

Module 19 : Running your own Gardening Business

  • About tailoring your services to meet the needs of groups of customers
  • How to build a website presence
  • How to price your service
  • Why customer service is essential

Module 20: Marketing and Social Media

  • About website business marketing
  • About marketing and social media for a bricks and mortar company
  • Why networking is still important
  • About advertising costs

Module 21: Health and Safety

  • Health and safety laws, including the Policy Statement
  • The responsibilities of an employer, employee and safety officer
  • The risks involved in gardening
  • The employee training requirements

Module 22: Insurance, Tax, VAT and Record Keeping

  • An overview of the types of insurance required
  • The income business tax structure
  • The implications of VAT and how it will affect your business
  • Record keeping and software: you will need to have detailed records for taxes, which is made easier by software

Module 23: How to build raised flower beds

  • Benefits of raised beds
  • Materials to use for raised beds
  • Ideal dimensions for raised beds
  • Step by step directions of how to make a raised bed

Module 24: How to lay a patio

  • What is a patio
  • What is an ideal size for a patio
  • What materials to use for a patio
  • Materials needed to lay a patio

Module 25: Decking

  • Planning a deck
  • Ideal Placement of a deck
  • Choosing the material to build it with
  • Tools needed

Module 26: How to Put Up Garden Fencing

  • The importance of fencing
  • What factors to consider while deciding upon a fence type
  • Choosing the best option for a particular garden
  • The types of fences available and where to use them

Module 27: How to turf a garden / lay a lawn

  • About choosing the right grass or turf for the lawn
  • How to prepare the soil for turf
  • How to take care of turf to establish a lawn
  • A step by step guide to laying turf

Module 28: How to lay artificial grass areas

  • Why there is a need for artificial turf
  • The types of turf available
  • Calculation of cost and material
  • Material you will need

Module 29: How to Build a Garden Pond

  • Choosing the right site
  • Picking out the correct lining
  • Material and tools needed to build the pond
  • Step by step instructions to build a basic pond

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

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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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