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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.

Course Requirements

The course is open to everyone who has an interest in landscaping. There are no required books.  All material will be given online and through netlinks. You'll need a high school reading level though.

Course Goals

  • The tools and planning needed to create your landscape.
  • The process of assessing your landscaping needs and finding the best solutions.
  • Avoiding problems and mistakes while planning your landscape.
  • Getting started and a basic three year plan for developing your landscape.
  • How to draw up a base plan and landscape plan.
  • An estimate of how much plants, decorative designs, and soil will cost.
  • Ideas on how to dress and light up your outdoor living space.
  • Dealing with porches and hideaways.
  • Choosing the right garden ornaments.
  • The properties of soil including pH balance and acidity levels.

Course Materials

 All the course material required to complete this course is included.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a practice assignment and lesson review quiz that will directly apply what you have learned.
Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Course Topics

    • Lesson 1: Introduction and the Importance of Dirt
    • Lesson 2: Assessing Your Landscaping Needs
    • Lesson 3: Mistakes and Planning
    • Lesson 4: Starting and a Three Year Plan
    • Lesson 5: Planning Specifics
    • Lesson 6: Estimation the Costs
    • Lesson 7: Design for Outdoor Living
    • Lesson 8: Outdoor Rooms
    • Lesson 9: How to Select the Right Plants and Things
    • Lesson 10: Soil and Other Preparations

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Assignment2
Lesson 1 Exam19
Lesson 2 Assignment2
Lesson 2 Exam20
Lesson 3 Exam20
Lesson 4 Assignment2
Lesson 4 Exam16
Lesson 5 Assignment2
Lesson 5 Exam15
Lesson 6 Assignment2
Lesson 6 Exam15
Lesson 7 Assignment2
Lesson 7 Exam14
Lesson 8 Assignment2
Lesson 8 Exam14
Lesson 9 Assignment2
Lesson 9 Exam15
Lesson 10 Exam16
Final Exam90
Total Points:271

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