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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 and provides them enjoyment through the creative application of natural plants and synthetic materials.

This course will provide you a number of tips and techniques to develop your ideal landscape. We help you to identify and assess your landscaping needs, understand design principles, and implement your creative idea in your own 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 at commercial application will show you all the steps through cost estimating to final installation and along the way we will show you a number of environmentally sound practices.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

Lesson 1 Assessing Your Landscaping Needs and Design Principles

In this lesson we teach you how to visualize your existing landscape to assess the change you want to make and understand the basic design principles.


Lesson 2 Landscape Design and Implementation
This lesson takes the design principles from lesson one and walks you through the landscape design process from the design phases through the actual implementation.


Lesson 3 Material and Enclosure Selection, Application, and Configuration

Determining the correct application for enclosures and materials such as fencing, lumber, and concrete requires incorporating your personal taste and the correct dimensional configuration. We will teach you how to select and apply these.

Lesson 4 Cost Estimating and Budgeting
The cost estimating and budgeting lesson will show you tips and processes to correctly cost and estimate your desired landscape and keep your entire project within budget.


Lesson 5 Visual Analysis and Curb Appeal
This lesson shows you the best features to provide for perfect distinction in your project. From the maintenance, to the lawn, to the plantings, fences, and home or business façade we will show you the keys to good curb appeal.


Lesson 6 Landscaping Tools, Materials, and Equipment use and Application

This lesson shows the landscaper the proper tools for use in material application and how to use and when to use special application equipment.


Lesson 7 Outdoor Rooms, Porches and Hideaways
We show you how to design the best outdoor rooms covering choices for textures, materials, and colors and how to combine them to build the ideal outdoor room, entertainment area, and hideaways.


Lesson 8 Planting Design and Seasonal and Climate Application (Softscapes)

The two biggest selection choices for landscapers are sof-scapes and hardscapes. This lesson shows you a multitude of applications for plant beds, borders, gardens, plant containers, hanging baskets, trees and shrubbery applications.

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

Hard-scapes are the non-living items which add an incredible amount of impressive and complementary features to the overall look you’re trying to achieve. This lesson covers everything that complements your planted goods

Lesson 10 Irrigation (System and Components and Design Process)
For living plants to be successful they require water. We devote an entire lesson to the irrigation system design process. This is especially important to automate one of the maintenance factors of landscaping.


Lesson 11 Design for Outdoor Living and Exterior Lighting
Outdoor living has become one of the predominant forms of entertainment for individuals and families in recent years and we discuss designs for outdoor living as well as complementary exterior lighting.


Lesson 12 Street Scape and Walkway Planning Process
Streetscape complements your curb appeal. Streetscape design and pathway development impact the functionality and curb appeal of your landscape project and we show you some great ideas.


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

This lesson shows a number of the great complementary features and tranquility that water and features such as statues bring to the enjoyment of your outdoor area. These are great eye catchers for both residential and commercial applications.


Lesson 14 Landscape Maintenance

Landscape maintenance is extremely important to keep your great landscaping project looking as good as it did from the initial date of completion. We show you the steps from A-to-Z to keep your landscape looking the best!


Lesson 15 Essential business concepts for landscaping professionals including contracts and specifications, customer service, and safety and OSHA compliance

This lesson benefits both homeowners and landscapers to understand professional contracts and specifications required in landscaping. We also cover great customer service and safety compliance for landscaping businesses.

Course Materials

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Grading Policy

Several lessons will be accompanied by a written assignment and a brief quiz  . Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the importance of dirt.
  • Know your landscaping needs and design principles.
  • Assess your landscaping needs.
  • Know material and enclosure selection, application, and configuration.
  • Define cost estimating and budgeting for your landscaping project.
  • Create a 3 year plan.
  • Know 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.
  • Know 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.
  • Know water features, fountains, ponds, statues and container gardens.
  • Recognize landscape maintenance, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Introduction Assignment1
Lesson 1 Assignment1
Exam 112
Lesson 2 Assignment1
Exam 212
Exam 310
Exam 410
Lesson 5 Assignment2
Exam 510
Exam 610
Lesson 7 Assignment2
Exam 710
Exam 810
Exam 910
Exam 1010
Exam 1110
Lesson 12 Assignment2
Exam 1210
Exam 1310
Lesson 14 Assignment2
Exam 1410
Exam 1510
Final Exam66
Total Points:231

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