landscape construction

One of a series of 100 hour "short" courses from the Garden Design Academy suitable for budding landscapers and garden enthusiasts.

This course develops your knowledge of how to construct or build a landscape - as distinct from designing a landscape. Learn to construct or build a garden the "right" way.

This course provides a good grounding for someone entering the landscape industry, but is also useful for the garden designer who wants to better understand the construction processes.

This extremely practical course works as the perfect guide to direct the student through tool selection and use, understanding plans and preparing a site, to the actual construction of landscape features.

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Tools and Machinery Manual Handling Materials used for Constructing Tools and Equipment; ferrous metals, non ferrous metals Safety with Electricity Engine Troubleshooting Machine Maintenance Types of Machines Chainsaws: safety, buying, using Brushcutters Earthmoving and Cultivating Equipment; rotary hoes, ploughs, cultivators, etc Workshop and Hand Tools; spanners, chisels, hacksaws etc Hand saws, Rakes, Spades, Shovels, Rollers, Wheelbarrows, Sprayers, etc
  2. Landscape Plans and Setting out a Construction Site Reading Landscape Plans, Scale, etc Understanding and Using Triangulation Slope, Contouring, Grid Systems
  3. Drainage in Landscape Construction Introduction to Drainage Testing Drainage Improving Drainage Improving Soil Water Infiltration Improving Drainage after construction; sand slitting, aerating, sub soiling Sub Surface Drains; types, layout, outlet, gradients, pipe spacing, etc Surface Drainage Soil Testing; testing nutrients, pH, toxins
  4. Earthworks Levelling terminology Levelling Procedure Levelling a Sloping Site Earthmoving Earthmoving Machinery; Bobcat, Backhoe, Dozer Use an Experienced Driver Topsoil Considerations Earth Forming: creating Mounds Building Raised Garden Beds Earth Quantity Calculation Soil Degradation Erosion; water erosion, wind erosion, controlling erosion Soil Acidification Management Managing Soil Compaction Managing Chemical Residues
  5. Surfaces, Paths, Paving and Turf Introduction Surfaces for Play Areas Concrete; concrete, cement, mortar, variations in treatment and use Loose Surfacing Materials: advantages and disadvantages Bark Surfaces, Crushed tiles, pebbles, etc Paths; concrete, asphalt, etc Paving; laing pavers, setting out circular paving, curved paving, edges to paving Lawns and Turf; shape, design, establishment Garden Edges Playing Field Construction Sand Based Technology Constructing Steps
  6. Construction of Garden Structures I Buildings in a Garden; gazebos, verandahs, storage buildings, cubbies, etc Where to build a building Floors and Foundations for Buildings Walls; brick construction, coping, expansion joints, etc Fencing Retaining Walls Wooden Walls Construction with Rock or Masonry; dry walls, wet walls Home Playgrounds Using Timber in the Garden Differences between Softwood and Hardwood
  7. Construction of Garden Structures II Compost Bins Traditional Features: gazebos, statues, gates, arches, sundials, bird baths, urns, tubs, pergolas, pleached alleys, etc Wooden Decks Constructing a Deck Greenhouse and Shadehouse; types, construction, installation Water Features; Waterproofing, keeping water clean Landscaping a pond Tennis Courts Spas Rockery Construction Artificial Rock Formation Mulching Rockeries Garden Furniture Lighting in the Garden
  8. Irrigation Systems Planning an Irrigation System Types of Systems: sprinkler, drip, automatic, etc Using and Maintaining an Irrigation System
  9. Establishing Hedges and Other Plants Factors affecting successful plant establishment Physical Plant Protection Methods Hedges; site preparation, plant selection, spacing, planting, pruning, hedge maintenance
  10. Workplace Safety and Management of Landscape Construction Work Risk Management on a Landscape Construction Site The Risks Keeping a Work Site Safe Duty of CareSignificance of Illness Protective Clothing Safety with Tools and Equipment Safety with electricity and different types of equipment Tool Maintenance

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the Academy, marked by the Academy's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments and if necessary, extra reading.

Working with Colin Elliott, an experienced professional landscaper and garden designer, this course is compelling study for those with a bent towards construction or those working as landscape gardeners.

Landscape construction - Course cost: £ 345

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