Lesson 1: The Landscape Industry and You
Lesson 2: Lettering and Drawing Tools
What landscape designers do; the scope of landscape design projects; professional organizations; principles of good landscape design; qualities that make a great landscape designer.
Lesson 3: Graphic Techniques
Using drawing tools; reading architect's and engineer's scales; measuring and interpreting dimensions to scale; lettering; using pen and ink; drawing plans.
Lesson 4: Site Analysis and the Design Process
How to show elevation, perspective and plant placement in plans; rendering symbols for plant materials and hardscape features; labeling plans; listing plants.
Lesson 5: The Outdoor Room
Site evaluation; reading and grading the terrain; project development; functional diagrams; preliminary drawings; final plans; the design cycle.
Lesson 6: Plant Selection and Flowers
The outdoor wall, floor and ceiling; understanding balance; focal points of interest; simplicity; rhythm; line; unity; architecture, plants and hardscapes in the design.
Lesson 7: Xeriscaping and Landscape Enrichment
Woody and herbaceous plants; selecting trees, shrubs and ground covers; creative ways to use flowers, annuals, perennials and biennials; bulbs.
Lesson 8: Hardscapes
Natural and fabricated enrichments; tangible and intangible enrichments; the economic, environmental, and aesthetic advantages of creating landscapes that conserve water.
Lesson 9: Using Computers and Pricing a Design
Designing enclosures for protection, privacy, climate modification, and directing foot traffic; enclosure styles and materials; the four basic surfacing types; ramps and steps.
Lesson 10: Landscape Calculations
Using the computer in the design process; popular software for landscape designers; CAD systems; video imaging; figuring cost vs. price; preparing estimates, bids and specifications.
Lesson 11: Contracts and Specifications
Calculating quantities from plans; taking linear and surface measurements; calculating volume and time, soil compaction; "pit and ball" calculations.
Lesson 12: Installing Plants and Grass
Components of the design contract; common contractual arrangements; dealing with competitive bids; estimating labor and material costs; types of specifications; performance bonds; forms and documents for specifications; project manuals.
Lesson 13: Landscape Irrigation
Essential planting tools; soil conditioning methods; how to install trees, shrubs and ground covers; bedding plants and bulbs; turf grasses; blending grasses; single-species lawns; seeding, sodding and plugging; mulching; sprigging; cutting water loss.
Lesson 14: Interior Plantscaping
Trickle and sprinkler irrigation systems; sprinkler heads; precipitation rates; matching water flow and pressure with pipe size; locating sprinklers; parts.
Lesson 15: Maintaining Plants and Lawns
The growing medium; creating containers for plants; interior plant installation; fertilization; controlling humidity, water, air pollution, insects, diseases and vandalism; grouping compatible species.
Lesson 16: Pricing, Maintenance and Customer Service
Watering and fertilizing trees, shrubs, flowers and lawns; edging the lawn; pruning methods; mulching; controlling lawn weeds and pests; aerating and mowing techniques for lawns.
Lesson 17: Human Resources and Safety
Reducing injury to plants in winter; features of a landscape maintenance cost analysis; unit pricing; preparing a complete cost estimate; total quality management; improving service.
Lesson 18: Starting Your Own Business
Staffing challenges; career opportunities; potential hazards and dangers of landscape practices; industry and government efforts to promote safety.
Supplement: Landscape Illumination
Being the boss; acquiring the necessary supplies; starting a landscaping business; administrative matters; advertising services; maintaining a professional image; hiring a crew.
Supplement: Time Management Guide
Advantages and disadvantages of the major types of lighting systems; effects of downlighting, uplighting, backlighting and shadowing.
Supplement: Career Search Guide
Working efficiently and productively as a student and in your career.
Helpful tips for locating job opportunities and starting your new career.
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