GARDEN MAINTENANCE – Distance Learning course

By: ACS Distance Education  08/08/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

Garden Maintenance course studying planning and managing a garden, feeding plants, weed control and much more. There are 10 lessons in this course: 1. Introduction Planning and managing a garden. • Cost of Maintenance • Expensive and Less Expensive areas of a garden • Planning • Garden Checklists • Analysing Maintenance of Parks and Gardens • Organising Garden Maintenance Staff 2. Garden Furnishings and Machinery • What Tool for What Job • Overview of Machinery • Mowers and How to Mow • Aerators, Chippers, Mechanised Sprayers, Chain Saws, Brush Cutters, etc. • Tractors • Tool Maintenance • Engine Troubleshooting • Outdoor Furniture -plastic, timber, metal • Protecting Furnishings -paints, stains, preservatives 3. Feeding Plants • Symptoms of Nutritional and other Problems • Conducting an Inspection of Plants • Soil Characteristics and identification of Soil Issues • Review of Plant Nutrition • Choosing the Right Fertiliser • Diagnosing Nutritional Problems • Improving soils 4. Weed Control • Nature and Scope of Weed Problems • Natural Ways to Control Weeds -suffocation, burning, cultivation, etc • Common groups of weeds and options for treating and recognising different weed varieties. 5. Weedicides • How Weeds Spread • Types of chemicals found in weedicides and suitable weedicide • Which chemical would control the weed. • Chemicals and the Law 6. Natural Pest Control • Scope and Nature of Natural Controls • Cultural Controls • Mechanical Control Methods • Physical Control Methods • Methods for controlling selected insects • Companion Planting • Common Environmental Problems • Tolerance Levels in different plants • Biological Controls • Natural Sprays • Buffer Zones • Mulching 7. Chemical Pest Control • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) • Ways of Applying Chemicals • Safety with Chemicals • Understanding Pesticides -toxicity, LD50, Persistence, etc. • Specific chemical treatments and a summary of pesticides. 8. Turf Management • Common Turf Problems • Turf Pests • Chemical Damage • Establishment and Maintence of Lawns • Mowing, Fertilizing, Aeration, etc • Turf varieties, appropriate turf for specific areas, low and high maintenance turf. 9. Irrigation • Importance of Water • Water Loss from different soils & Improving Water retention • Understanding Water Dynamics in soil • Irrigation -types of systems • Planning an irrigation system • Using an irrigation system • Controlling slippery surfaces 10. Maintenance of Plants • Why Prune • Before Pruning • Time of Pruning: Does it matter? • What to consider when pruning • Removing Dead Wood • Controlling shape and size • How to prune different types of plants Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/General-Horticulture/GARDEN-MAINTENANCE-VHT100-96.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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