Proper garden maintenance will save you time and money. Learn how with this course.
Understand the shortcuts to have a good looking garden without huge amounts of time and money.Highly respected and qualified industry experts as tutors.Learn more about garden maintenance.
- Evaluate the maintenance needs and develop a plan for maintaining a garden.
- Select and maintain tools and equipment appropriately for use in garden maintenance.
- Describe maintenance requirements for garden structures such as furniture, gates and fencing.
- Maintain appropriate nutrition requirements for healthy plant growth.
- Control weeds in a garden.
- Use weedicides in a safe and effective way.
- Control pests using non chemical methods.
- Use chemical pesticides safely and efficiently.
- Maintain lawns in a healthy and well maintained condition.
- Describe options for managing water in a garden.
- Determine actions that should be taken to maintain a variety of different plants.
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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.
Introduction Planning and managing a garden.
- Cost of Maintenance
- Expensive and Less Expensive areas of a garden
- Garden Checklists
- Analysing Maintenance of Parks and Gardens
- Organising Garden Maintenance Staff
Garden Furnishings and Machinery.
- What Tool for What Job
- Overview of Machinery
- Mowers and How to Mow
- Aerators, Chippers, Mechanised Sprayers, Chain Saws, Brush Cutters, etc.
- Tool Maintenance
- Engine Troubleshooting
- Outdoor Furniture -plastic, timber, metal
- Protecting Furnishings -paints, stains, preservatives
- Symptoms of Nutritional and other Problems
- Conducting an Inspection of Plants
- Soil Characteristics and identification of Soil Issues
- Review of Plant Nutrition
- Choosing the Right Fertiliser
- Diagnosing Nutritional Problems
- Improving soils
- Nature and Scope of Weed Problems
- Natural Ways to Control Weeds -suffocation, burning, cultivation, etc
- Common groups of weeds and options for treating and recognising different weed varieties.
- How Weeds Spread
- Types of chemicals found in weedicides and suitable weedicide
- Which chemical would control the weed.
- Chemicals and the Law
Natural Pest Control
- Scope and Nature of Natural Controls
- Cultural Controls
- Mechanical Control Methods
- Physical Control Methods
- Methods for controlling selected insects
- Companion Planting
- Common Environmental Problems
- Tolerance Levels in different plants
- Biological Controls
- Natural Sprays
- Buffer Zones
Chemical Pest Control
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
- Ways of Applying Chemicals
- Safety with Chemicals
- Understanding Pesticides -toxicity, LD50, Persistence, etc.
- Specific chemical treatments and a summary of pesticides.
- Common Turf Problems
- Turf Pests
- Chemical Damage
- Establishment and Maintence of Lawns
- Mowing, Fertilizing, Aeration, etc
- Turf varieties, appropriate turf for specific areas, low and high maintenance turf.
- Importance of Water
- Water Loss from different soils & Improving Water retention
- Understanding Water Dynamics in soil
- Irrigation -types of systems
- Planning an irrigation system
- Using an irrigation system
- Controlling slippery surfaces
Maintenance of Plants
- Why Prune
- Before Pruning
- Time of Pruning: Does it matter?
- What to consider when pruning
- Removing Dead Wood
- Controlling shape and size
- How to prune different types of plants
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.