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Course Description

The enjoyment of a beautiful landscape is one of the great pleasures of home ownership. However, actually realizing your landscaping visions can be stressful Frequently you have a bare dirt and poor grass yard or an all grass yard and 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 or 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.
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  • Self-Paced
  • Instructor Feedback
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the importance of dirt.
  • Assess your landscaping needs.
  • Create a 3 year plan.
  • Define planning specifics.
  • Estimate the costs.
  • Create design styles for outdoor living.
  • Describe outdoor rooms.
  • Describe ways to select the right plants, trees, and shrubs, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Universal Class, Inc. has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this approval, Universal Class, Inc. has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is widely recognized as the Standard of good practice internationally. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, Universal Class, Inc. is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its courses that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Introduction and the Importance of Dirt

A good landscape will provide recreation, privacy, and pleasure to its owners. This lesson will discuss the tools and planning needed to create your landscape. 49 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: Landscaping Photos
  • Review Article: Landscape and Conserve Energy
  • Take Poll: The Landscaping Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Assessing Your Landscaping Needs

The process of assessing your landscaping needs and finding the best solutions is essential to creating an effective landscape. 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Garden Articles
  • Review Article: My Ideal Garden
  • Review Article: Landscape Designs
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Mistakes and Planning

This lesson addresses how to avoid problems and mistakes while planning your landscape. 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: 10 Mistakes to Avoid
  • Review Article: More Landscaping Mistakes
  • Review Article: Common Landscaping Mistakes
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Starting and a Three-Year Plan

In this lesson, we will discuss how to get started and a basic three-year plan for developing your landscape. 41 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Beginning to Landscape
  • Review Article: Landscape Design Basics
  • Take Poll: Starting Time Frame
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Planning Specifics

This lesson shows you how to draw up a base plan and landscape plan. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Landscape Plans
  • Review Article: How to Draw Landscape Plans
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Estimating the Costs

In this lesson, you will receive a general idea about how much plants, decorative designs, and soil will cost. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: 17 Ways to Landscape on the Cheap
  • Review Article: Tips on Saving Money
  • Review Article: Landscaping Cost Calculator
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Design for Outdoor Living

This lesson discusses some ways to dress and light up your outdoor living space. 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Outdoor Living Ideas
  • Review Article: Outdoor Living Today
  • Review Article: Landscape Design Software
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Outdoor Rooms

This lesson discusses porches and hideaways. 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Take Poll: Outdoor Areas
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: How to Select the Right Plants and Things

This lesson will discuss how to choose the right garden ornaments. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: Plant Selector
  • Review Article: Landscaping and gardening basics
  • Review Article: Common Landscaping Mistakes
  • Take Poll: Plant Selection
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Soil and Other Preparations

This lesson explains the properties of soil, including pH balance and acidity levels. 131 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Compost Guide
  • Review Article: Mulch, Stone, Plant Calculator
  • Take Poll: Let us know what you think of this course
  • Take Survey: Course Comments
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam
  • Complete: Final Exam
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Course Title: Landscaping 101
Course Number: 7550027
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 0.8 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
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Requirements: View Technical Requirements
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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