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Landscaping (STI-LS-01)


Course Description

This Landscaping course provides the basic knowledge and industry information needed to be successful in the field of landscape design and architecture. Focusing on three areas of professional practice; design, contracting, and management, traditional topics such as design, plant installation, and pricing, as well as topics not found in most other resources, such as interior landscaping, xeriscaping, water gardens, and safety are discussed.

Successful landscapers and lawn care professionals reveal their secrets to success in this $20 billion industry. With all the homes, business parks, apartment complexes, shopping malls and hospitals that need landscaping, you can tailor your services and create your dream job. Your business can range from the simple-mowing and edging lawns, raking leaves and clipping hedges-to applying chemicals and fertilizer, trimming and shaping trees, designing landscapes and more.

Our landscaping course offers quality career training filled with a number of professional landscaping ideas and tips. The course even includes information on how to start a landscaping business. If you're interested in starting a new career, want to learn more about landscaping, or just want to spruce up your yard, then this course is for you!

After completing this course, you should be able to:

• Identify concepts and methods for landscape design
• Comprehend the principles of design
• Define the elements involved in landscape contracting
• Identify the elements involved in maintaining a landscape
• Comprehend the basics for starting a lawn care or landscaping business


I. Landscaping Module 1- Landscape Designing
a. Using Drawing Instruments
b. Learning Lettering
c. Graphic Materials & Techniques
d. Design Sheet Layout
e. Understanding the Site
f. Performing a Site Analysis
g. The Landscaping Process
h. Interviewing the Client
i. The Outdoor Room Concept
j. Plant Selection
k. Plant Nomenclature
l. Plant Grading Standards
II. Landscaping Module 2- The Principles of Design
a. The Foundation for Designing
b. Flowers in Landscaping
c. Flower Beds and Flower Borders
d. Xeriscape: Water-wise Landscaping
e. The Seven Principles of Xeriscaping
f. Hardscape: An Umbrella Term
g. Water Features
h. Outdoor Lighting
i. Landscape Enrichment
j. Technology in Landscaping
k. Pricing the Proposed Design
l. Presenting a Proposal
III. Landscaping Module 3- Landscape Contracting
a. Landscape Calculations
b. Understanding Contracts and Contractors
c. Contract Documents
d. Importance of Specifications
e. Staffing & Human Resources
f. Installing Landscape Plants
g. Selecting the Proper Grass
h. Lawn Construction
i. Landscape Irrigation
j. Interior Plantscaping
k. Water Gardens
IV. Landscaping Module 4- Landscape Maintenance
a. Maintaining Landscape Plants
b. Pest Control
c. Pruning Trees & Shrubs
d. Plant Injuries: Identification & Care
e. How Insects and Diseases are Spread
f. Weeds and Fertilization
g. Care of the Lawn
h. Winterization of the Landscape
i. Pricing Landscape Maintenance
j. Safety in the Landscape Industry
k. Customer Service
V. Landscaping Module 5- Starting a Lawn Care or Landscaping Business
a. Industry Snapshot
b. Business Basics
c. Staffing Your Business
d. Types of Landscaping Businesses
e. Scope of Services
f. Conducting Market Research
g. Naming Your Business
h. Legal Aspects
i. Money Managing
j. Tools of the Trade & Equipment
k. Office Equipment
l. Industry Associations
m. Marketing Your Business
n. Your Cyber Salesperson
o. Writing and Producing a Newsletter
p. Networking with Others
q. Income and Operating Expenses
r. Your Formula for Success


12 months




There are no specific prerequisites for this course. Students will need access to both a computer and the internet. Students should have basic keyboarding and computer skills, and be comfortable navigating the internet.

The intended audience for this program is individuals that are seeking to gain employment as a Landscaper.


Upon successful completion of our Landscaping course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in the field and to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Landscaping Specialist (CLS).




This class supported by an Educational Mentor. Our educational mentors have worked or are working in the subject they mentor. Educational Mentors reviews student work, student progress, and interacts with students as needed. They respond to any questions or concerns you might have, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.


Internet Access
• Broadband or high-speed internet access is required. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
• Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

• Windows hardware configurations and processors are acceptable
• Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple's website)
• 1 GB RAM minimum recommended
• Operating Systems
-Windows XP, Vista or 7 and Mac OS X 10 or higher with Windows
• Web Browsers
-Google Chrome is highly recommended
-Internet Explorer is not recommended as it may not display certain menus and links
• Cookies MUST be enabled
• Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
• Kindle Reader App
• Adobe PDF Reader
• Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media.)
• Adobe Flash Player
• Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
• PowerPoint Viewer

The following textbooks will be provided to each student upon registration:

• Landscaping Principles & Practices by Jack E. Ingels
• Start Your Own Lawn care or Landscaping Business by Eileen Sandlin

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