Online Class: Landscaping 101

Learn the basics of landscaping including harmony, balance, color, natural transitions, proportion and line.

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Course Description

Landscaping is a multibillion dollar industry for both sales and service and for good reason. The popularity is driven by the enjoyment people get from designing and implementing landscaping that is visually appealing by using both natural plants and synthetic materials.

This course will provide you with a number of tips and techniques to develop your ideal landscape. This course will help you identify and assess your landscaping needs, understand design principles, and implement your creative idea in your own unique setting. This course will teach you design principles, material application, cost estimation, visual analysis, planting design, hardscape applications, irrigation, water features, design for outdoor living, and business concepts for landscaping professionals. Whether you are working at your own home or a commercial location, this course will show you all the steps to develop a great landscape project--from cost estimating to the final installation and along the way we will show you a number of environmentally sound practices.
The enjoyment of a beautiful landscape is one of the great pleasures of home ownership. However, actually realizing your landscaping visions can be stressful. You may have just bare dirt or a poor grass yard and like so many other people, you just don't know where to start. This online course can help.  Landscaping 101 will not only teach you the basics of the science of landscaping, it will show you how to apply your own creativity to transform your yard into a work of art.

In this course you will:

  • Learn the basics of landscaping including harmony, balance, color, natural transitions, proportion and line.
  • Learn how to assess your present landscape needs.
  • Learn how to assess the purpose of your landscape.
  • Learn how to gather ideas and whether to use professional help or not.
  • Learn how to plan your landscape, and schedule the work.
  • Learn how to avoid common landscaping mistakes.
  • Learn how to make the most of what you have.
This starter course is ideal for anyone. Whether you just want to improve one corner of the yard, or you want to add some flowerbeds, a tree, or shrub here and there -- or you're starting from scratch with a bare lot and need to learn how to start, plan, and finish an entire landscape, this course will help you achieve your landscaping goals.
  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.4 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(2,108 votes)

Lesson 1: Assessing Your Landscaping Needs and Design Principles

When you think about it, landscaping can be quite complex depending on your desires to build the “wow” factor or very simple depending on your personality style. Additional lesson topics: Step-by-Step Landscaping 2nd Edition Better Homes and Gardens Gardening ; Landscaping Ideas that Work Taunton's Ideas That Work 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Introduction Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 1

Lesson 2: Landscape Design and Implementation

In this lesson, we discuss landscaping design and transform your design into the actual implementation. Additional lesson topics: Landscaping Design; More Landscape Design Ideas; Design, Construction, and Planting 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 2

Lesson 3: Material and Enclosure Selection, Application, and Configuration

Material and enclosure selection is an area where you can really allow your own personal style and personality to show through your landscape design. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Cost Estimating and Budgeting

Take a look at some of the common costs for your local area and determine what your time frame is to accomplish is your goal. Additional lesson topics: Landscape Maintenance Checklist; Safety Checklists for New Landscape Employees; Landscape Design, Cost Estimate, and Management Plan; Landscaping Cost; How Much Does Landscaping Cost?; Budgeting for a Landscaping Project 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 4

Lesson 5: Visual Analysis and Curb Appeal

The visual analysis can be performed at any time to determine needs and develop a checklist of things to improve on. Curb appeal takes more time and is the collective result of your continual refinement. Additional lesson topics: Outdoor ideas; Several Before-and-After Curb Appeal Makeovers; Lush Landscaping Creates Major Curb Appeal; Several Easy Curb Appeal Ideas Anyone Can Do 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Landscaping Tools, Materials, and Equipment Use and Application

The great thing about landscaping is that the cost is scalable. You can begin with few tools and little money for the budget or can purchase all of the tools you need and use a large budget. Additional lesson topics: How; Safety Equipment for Landscapers; Protect your Business: Developing a Landscaping/Lawn Maintenance Safety Program 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Outdoor Rooms, Porches, and Hideaways

In the current marketplace, landscapers and consumers have the best opportunity they have ever had to build stellar outdoor rooms, entertainment areas, and hideaways. Additional lesson topics: Patio Enclosures Ideas; Several Garden Dens for the Perfect Outdoor Hideaway; Several Charming Porches of Landscaping Ideas 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Planting Design, plus Seasonal and Climate Application (Softscapes)

The live plantings you choose will provide you with the greatest opportunity to infuse color and the soft feel of flowers, bushes, and other vegetation to your landscaping. Additional lesson topics: Softscape Ideas 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Patios, Decking, Fencing, Block, and Walls (Hardscapes)

In this lesson, we will discuss patios, decking, fencing, and different types of block and retention walls. With today’s design techniques you can easily build patios, decking, or walls in a wide array of straight and also curved applications. Additional lesson topics: 20 Wow-Worthy Hardscaping Ideas; How to Create a Successful Hardscape 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Irrigation (System, Components, and Design Process)

As a landscaper and home or business owner there are a number of maintenance factors that you will want to automate, such as watering. Additional lesson topics: Irrigation Design – Landscape Sprinkler System Design Tutorial; How to design a lawn sprinkler system 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 10

Lesson 11: Design for Outdoor Living and Exterior Lighting

In this lesson, we discuss more about designing your exterior to make outdoor living easier from an electrical, technology, and exterior lighting perspective, as well as some of the creature comfort aspects to modernize your landscape masterpiece. Additional lesson topics: Types of Garden Designs; Several Landscape Lighting Ideas; Landscape Lighting Design Tips; Outdoor Lighting Tips 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 11

Lesson 12: Streetscape and Walkway Planning Process

How your landscaping looks from the street 100% controls your curb appeal and how you structure your walkways impacts how you use your land and areas. Additional lesson topics: Adopt Accessible and Attractive Streetscape Design Guidelines; Several Ideas for Creating the Perfect Path; Several Design Ideas for Beautiful Garden Paths; Tips for Creating an Inviting Walkway 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 12

Lesson 13: Water Features, Fountains, Ponds, Statues, and Container Gardens

This lesson covers water features, fountains, garden ponds, and other interesting concepts that provide the tranquility and relaxation of water within your landscape. Additional lesson topics: Grand Pond Design; Outdoor Fountain Ideas; Container Pots and Planters 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 13

Lesson 14: Landscape Maintenance

Landscape maintenance allows you to keep your landscaping project looking as great as it did from the initial date of completion until the day you decide to make modifications. Additional lesson topics: How to Maintain Your Home's Landscape; How to Maintain Landscape Beds; How to maintain your landscape 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 14

Lesson 15: Essential Business Concepts for Landscaping Professionals: Contracts, Specifications, Customer Service, and Safety and OSHA Compliance

Landscaping customer service involves slightly different needs and areas of attention than typical customer service because a great deal of your work is based on the customer’s visual expectations. 76 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Exam 15
  • Assessment: Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the importance of dirt.
  • Summarize your landscaping needs and design principles.
  • Assess your landscaping needs.
  • Summarize material and enclosure selection, application, and configuration.
  • Define cost estimating and budgeting for your landscaping project.
  • Create a 3 year plan.
  • Summarize visual analysis and curb appeal.
  • Define planning specifics.
  • Recognize landscaping tools, materials, and equipment use and application.
  • Define outdoor rooms, porches and hideaways.
  • Estimate the costs.
  • Create design styles for outdoor living.
  • Describe patios, decking, fencing, block and walls (hardscapes).
  • Describe outdoor rooms.
  • Summarize irrigation (system and components and design process).
  • Describe ways to select the right plants, trees, and shrubs.
  • Determine design for outdoor living and exterior lighting.
  • Summarize water features, fountains, ponds, statues and container gardens.
  • Recognize landscape maintenance.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Landscaping 101
Course Number: 9770436
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (2,108 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: January 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.9 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "It was a great course on landscaping the only things I can think of that it didn't provide like gardening basics are in other courses and I understand why it's appropriate to have them separated into separate courses." -- Leah R.
  • "This course was more than I expected. I was think that it was going to be a basic overview and I would have to do more research. I believe that it was all here and I printed some of the lessons for future reference." -- James T.
  • "I learned a lot more from this course than I thought I would. I did not realize the background work that was required to take on landscaping, either as a hobby or as a business. Thank you for opening my eyes and gaining appreciation for those who do the work." -- Laura V.
  • "This class was very helpful and taught me the very important small details of jobs I have already done so in the future I can execute them better." -- Oscar G.
  • "This course is extremely helpful, and now I know what I need to do to become a very good landscaper." -- Wanda K.
  • "The course was great, thank you for teaching me more about landscaping." -- Jacob J.
  • "It was very helpful and very detailed. Thank you!" -- Robert A.
  • "This course is great and very helpful." -- Christopher H.

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