Online Class: Landscaping 101

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

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Course Description

Transform Your Green Canvas: Dive into the Art of Landscaping

Landscaping isn't just a profession—it's a craft, an art, and a passion that has the power to metamorphose plain land into a living masterpiece. The industry's soaring worth underscores its significance in today's world, where aesthetics and nature intertwine seamlessly in urban settings. With an increasing number of homeowners and businesses valuing well-designed outdoor spaces, the demand for skilled landscapers is booming.

Our meticulously curated course will be your compass in navigating the vast ocean of landscaping. Not just limited to theories, it will guide your hand as you apply brushstrokes on the green canvas of nature, painting with vibrant flora, serene water features, and striking hardscapes.

What’s Unfurled in this Journey?

  • From Canvas to Masterpiece: Learn to visualize barren plots and aging yards as opportunities waiting for your transformative touch. Equip yourself to reimagine and reinvigorate these spaces into lush, captivating sanctuaries.

  • Laying the Blueprint: Dive deep into design principles. From harmony and color to proportion and lines, decode the secrets of creating balanced, eye-catching layouts.

  • Foundations of Assessment: Every space narrates a story. Learn to listen. Determine the underlying needs, the core purpose of the landscape, and chart out the journey from concept to creation.

  • Strategic Planning: Translate visions into actionable steps. Be it choosing to collaborate with professionals or taking a DIY route, our comprehensive modules encompass it all.

  • Common Pitfalls & Their Evasion: Mistakes can be expensive. Acquaint yourself with common errors in landscaping and arm yourself with strategies to sidestep them, ensuring a smooth-sailing project execution.

  • Maximizing Existing Potential: Not every space needs a complete overhaul. Sometimes, enhancing existing elements can work wonders. Learn the art of optimization and rejuvenation.

This holistic course is your gateway to the world of landscaping, promising not just knowledge but an immersive experience. It doesn’t matter if you’re revamping a cozy backyard or spearheading a grand commercial landscape transformation; our insights cater to all scales and scopes.

Awaken the landscaper within you. Let's breathe life into spaces, one patch of green at a time. Your journey from a novice to a master landscaper begins here. Join us, and let's paint the world green, beautiful, and sustainable.

  • 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"
(2,144 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 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • 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: More Landscape Design Ideas; Design, Construction, and Planting; Landscaping Design 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • 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: How Much Does Landscaping Cost?; Safety Checklists for New Landscape Employees; Budgeting for a Landscaping Project; Landscaping Cost; Landscape Design, Cost Estimate, and Management Plan; Landscape Maintenance Checklist 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: 17 Easy Curb Appeal Ideas Anyone Can Do; Lush Landscaping Creates Major Curb Appeal; Several Before-and-After Curb Appeal Makeovers; Outdoor ideas 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • 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: Safety Equipment for Landscapers; Protect your Business: Developing a Landscaping/Lawn Maintenance Safety Program; How 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: 9 Garden Dens for the Perfect Outdoor Hideaway; Several Charming Porches of Landscaping Ideas; Patio Enclosures Ideas 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • 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; Outdoor Lighting Tips; Several Landscape Lighting Ideas; Landscape Lighting Design 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: Tips for Creating an Inviting Walkway; Several Design Ideas for Beautiful Garden Paths; Several Ideas for Creating the Perfect Path; Adopt Accessible and Attractive Streetscape Design Guidelines 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • 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 landscape; How to Maintain Landscape Beds; How to Maintain Your Home's Landscape 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • 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 (2,144 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: February 2024
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: $120.00 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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