Packed with knowledge of the native trees of Australia”This course first teaches you about different types of Australian flora, plant identification, information sources, planting, feeding, soils, pests & diseases, watering, propagation and transplanting. The remaining lessons then deal with selected varieties of trees, windbreak planting, agroforestry, tree maintenance and tree selection.
- Identify Australian Native Trees
- Describe the culture of Australian Native Trees.
- Propagate Australian Native Trees
- Compare characteristics and cultural requirements of different commonly grown species of Australian Native Trees.
- Compare characteristics and cultural requirements of conifer and rainforest species of Australian Native Trees.
- Describe a range of uses for Australian native trees.
- Investigate one type of Australian Native Tree in depth.
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Detailed Course Outline
This course is made up of a number of lessons or units. Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online. Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.
There are 8 lessons in this course:
- Review of the system of plant identification
- Genus, Species
- Monocotyledons and Dicotyledons
- Characteristics of main Australian Plant Families
- General characteristics of native trees
- Information contacts (ie: nurseries, seed, clubs, etc.)
- History of nomenclature
- International Code
- Ranks of Taxa
- Principle of priority
- Selection and spelling of plant names
- Changing names
- Planting Procedure
- Planting on slopes
- Time of planting
- Pruning native trees
- Steps in removing a branch from a tree
- Soils (Physical, chemical, biological structure)
- Soil profile
- Improving soil profile
- Water and air
- Soil temperature
- Soil life
- Soil Problems (Loss of soil fertility, Erosion, Salinity, Soil compaction, Soil acidification, Build up of dangerous chemicals)
- Improving soils (soil additives etc)
- Limestone Underlay Technique
- Fertilising established trees
- Plant Nutrition
- Water Problems
- Choosing the right propagating technique
- Seed sources
- Hybrid seed production
- Storing seed
- Difficult seeds
- Dormancy facftors
- Maintaining genetic identity
- Propagating Media
- Propagating Eucalypts
- Propagating Acacias
- Improving curtting success rates
- Top graft
- Whip & Tongue graft
- Irrigated graft
- Grafting selected plants … Eucalypts, Grevilleas, Banksias, Hakeas
- After care of seed and cuttings
- Transplanting (seedlings, cuttings)
- Potting up plants and Growing on
Most Commonly Grown Varieties
- Review dozens of relevant genera
More About Important Groups
- Diagnosing Tree Problems
- Tree Surgery Techniques
- Rainforest Trees
- Constructing a Rainforest
- Melicope (Euodia)
Making The Best Use of Native Plants
- Why plant trees in the Landscape
- Problems with trees
- Biological controls
- Planting Techniques (Pocket planting, slope serrration, Wattling, Planting arid sites, Direct seeding, Spray seeding)
- Edible Australian Tree Crops (Davidsonia, Quandong, Backhousia, Citrus, Acacia, Syzygium, Tasmannia, Kunzea)
- Australian indigenous timber trees
- Essential oils
- Useful Australian Conifers (Actinostrobus, Athrotaxus, Agathis, Araucaria, Callitris, Podocarpus)
- Australian Indigenous Palms
- You select and conduct an in depth study of one plant genus or group (eg. Timber trees, conifers, trees from a particular region)
When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.
Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)
Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I pay in installments?
Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.
Can I study from anywhere in the world?
We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.
Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?
Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.
Do I have to sit an Exam?
No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.
Do you have set start dates?
There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.