Duration: 2 hours

Learn about the components needed for different types of hydroponics systems. Although all the various components of a hydroponics enterprise can be bought ready-made and imported to the site for use, some components such as grow beds or benches for NFT channels, reservoir tanks, sump tanks and crop support can be made on site.
Duration: 2 hours

In hydroponics, as with soil culture, it is important to be able to recognise the presence of nutrient deficiencies and toxicities in order to optimise harvests and avoid the risk of failed crops and wasted money. In this course, you will learn how to control plant nutrient deficiencies, toxicities and system pH in hydroponic systems. Includes an easy to use table and a variety of analysis methods.

Duration: 3 hours

Learn about common pest and disease problems in hydroponics and how to control them. Given that plants in hydroponic systems are often grown in near optimal conditions and with ideal nutrient supplies, they are often better able to resist pests and diseases than their field-grown counterparts. However, if conditions are ideal for the growth of pests and diseases then these can become problematic as for any other plants.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Learn how to manage climate in hydroponics. Become familiar with methods of climate control and equipment required. Climate management involves manipulating factors such as light, temperature and humidity in order to maximise growing conditions and optimise fruit, vegetable or cut flower production. Most hydroponic growers have to be aware of what they can do to improve plant growth.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Learn how to successfully manage nutrient solutions in a hydroponic system. The key to growing plants successfully in hydroponics is the nutrient solutions you use. All hydroponic crops are provided with a carefully balanced mixture of primary or macronutrients, secondary nutrients, and micronutrients or trace elements.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Learn how to troubleshoot problems in hydroponics. In hydroponics it often becomes necessary to adjust nutrient levels in solutions. The effectiveness of a solution may be influenced by the plant species (and even variety), the stage of growth, the time of year (day length), the weather (number of hours of sunlight, temperature). Different species of plants have different needs in terms of different major and minor nutrients.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Learn about the different types of growing media for use in hydroponics systems. Growing media is the term given to solid material used to replace soil in hydroponics. The role of the growing media is to provide physical support to the plant and its root system. The growing media also delivers water, nutrients and oxygen to the root zone.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Learn about plant nutrition requirements and how to interpret nutrient solution labels. Nutrients are the building blocks of plant growth. In order to grow plants using hydroponics, some understanding of how plants grow is necessary. Also, to properly make up nutrient solutions or advise others about their use, some understanding of what the different plant nutrients are and what they are used for is required.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn about the nature and scope of hydroponics systems. Hydroponics is the process used to grow plants without soil and literally means ‘working water’. The grower is taking control of the plant's root environment, and losing the benefit of 'mother nature's' finely-tuned mechanisms which normally control that part of the plant's environment. Hydroponics is not an easier way to grow plants! It is a more controlled way of growing plants!
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about the different types of hydroponics systems. Two main types of traditional soilless systems are available to hydroponic growers: The first is solution culture - dominated by NFT (nutrient film technique) but also including pond or raft systems, deep flow systems and aeroponics. The second is aggregate culture - drip or subsurface irrigation systems incorporating a soilless medium.
Duration: 2 hours

A good garden design is one that is appropriate to both the site, and the people who move through the garden. Garden designs are best when they work with nature rather than against it. In this course, you'll learn how to design a garden appropriate to both the site, and the people who move through the garden. You will also learn about the importance of scale and space in garden design.
Duration: 2 hours

Gardens have the potential to be the most colourful part of anyone’s property. Everything for the garden is available in a vast array of colours. In this course, you'll learn about how colours contribute to atmosphere, how colours contribute to designs from a variety of locations and time periods, and how to account for changes in light and shade. Excellent for beginners and experienced gardeners alike.

Duration: 3 hours

Learn how to spice up your garden with some garden art! A carefully chosen and positioned garden ornament can be the difference between a good garden and a great garden. Your choice in ornamentation is not a matter of artistic perfection or cost - it is a matter of what fits the needs of your garden.
Duration: 3 hours

There are lots of ways you can add colour to a garden, from rendered walls through to furniture and changes in lighting. In this course, you'll learn how to step through each decision, from deciding which colour or colours to how to introduce colour through both plants and other elements. Includes a case study on using a blue theme through plants and fixtures.
Duration: 2 hours

Too many people try to grow the plants they dream about, and end up with a collection of sick plants. Some plants are very easy to grow but others are a great deal more difficult. In this course, you'll learn how to choose plant varieties according to your own capabilities, the amount of time and effort you can invest into caring for the plant, and how to incorporate your choices into the garden.
Duration: 3 hours

Often something very simple can create an enormous impact in a garden. A sculpture strategically placed to catch the eye, or a courtyard wall painted in a vibrant colour might do more to enhance the garden than a whole garden bed full of flowering plants. In this course you will learn some simple but effective ways to create an impact in your garden using sculpture, water and walls.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to develop or redevelop a garden to suit shade. When we have shade in a garden, it is often seen as a negative – plants are harder to grow, lawn and drainage problems arise, and the garden can be less appealing for outdoor use. However, the curious thing is that when we don’t have it, we plant trees to get more shade, or we erect shade wings, gazebos or pergolas for shade.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to design a garden to a budget. Like your household budget, a garden budget requires realistic estimates of how much you can afford to spend, what you would like to buy, and what you need to buy. A garden budget will also help you to control those impulse purchases that you might later regret.
Duration: 2 hours

A garden is an outside room, and like any room it needs to be furnished with practical things to make it more functional - including seats, tables, umbrellas, barbeque and clothes lines, as well as with less practical things to make it look good - statuary, decorative wall plaques, and the like. In this course you will learn how to furnish each ‘garden room’ in order to realise its full potential.
Duration: 2 hours

Play equipment is only one component in creating a total play environment. When play is constructive and full of variety, children will learn more effectively. In this course, you'll learn how to design a garden to encourage children to interact with their natural environment, thereby helping to develop communication and social skills. Includes material on lawns, plant safety, water safety. and how to choose equipment with an awareness of how it is going to fit into and enhance the area you are trying to create.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn the fundamentals of garden design. The secret to good garden design is a plan. Landscape planning is both an art and a science. It’s a process in which you need to consider the physical requirements of building a garden, and at the same time strive to create something which is artistic and pleasing to the eye.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Learn how to light a garden. As night falls, the appearance of your garden will change. The lack of light can be a problem in some ways, but it also offers a unique opportunity. Garden lighting allows you to completely change what the garden looks like. When choosing and using garden lights, think about how you can create a totally different and often more dramatic effect than what is seen during daylight hours.
Duration: 2 hours

Winter can be miserable in the garden. It gets dark earlier, it’s colder, and the ground stays damp for weeks or even months in some areas. In this course, you will learn some things that can be done to make the garden more useable and comfortable over winter. Includes material on outdoor shelters and windbreaks, suntraps, entertaining in winter, greenhouses, and how to deal with changes in surfaces caused by weather.

Duration: 2 hours

Pots and planters can be used inside or outside, with or without plants, and moved about the home or garden as you like to bring colour, fragrance or different shapes to an area as you need to. In this course, you will learn how to use pots and planters in the garden according to requirements in terms of water, light, fertiliser and drainage. Includes material on accounting for changes in heat and heat retention, pot designs, and more.
Duration: 2 hours

The police always say that no matter what you do, a burglar will break into your home if they really want to. In this course, you'll learn how you can reduce your chances of experiencing a break-in and improve your home and/or office security. Includes material on how to use sharp foliage plants, fencing, alarms and security screens and doors. An easy-to-use checklist for identifying at-risk properties is also included.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Gardens are used by people and so they are better value if they are designed well and incorporate things that are compatible with the needs of those who use them. Consider what a garden should, and could, be used for and the people who will use it - not only now, but also in the future. In this course, you'll learn how to make your garden more functional. Includes material on furniture use, flooring, barbeque types, children's areas, and more.
Duration: 1 hour

Some houses seem right for the garden whereas others just don’t. Harmony between the house and garden is an important aspect of creating an inviting home and building curb appeal. In this course, you will learn how to make a house look and feel appropriate within the garden that surrounds it. Includes material on practical concerns such as tree height and shade, alongside design concerns such as colour, texture, and special features (e.g. water features).
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn how to build a green wall. Once the concept of vertical growing has been accepted, the question which arises is how to go about doing it. Whatever the reason for choosing a green wall, be it to enhance the appearance and biodiversity of an area, because of its health benefits, or for small scale food production, there are principles which will apply to its design and construction.
Duration: 4 hours

There are many ways you can create a vertical wall of green without installing a full-blown green wall system. Green facades involve using more traditional methods of growing plants and adapting these to suit. Green facades involve using more traditional methods of growing plants and adapting these to suit.In this course, you'll learn how to create a green facade from start to finish. Includes material on wires, window boxes, espaliers, and more.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about the nature and scope of vertical growing. Vertical growing takes on many different forms. Some of these are concerned with aesthetics by beautifying a street or building, others emphasise the health benefits of green spaces like green walls located in and around hospitals and care homes, and there are those which are primarily concerned with making the most use of restricted space to grow food.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn about the use of automation in vertical farming and gardening. For larger installations it may be a big advantage to automate as much of the maintenance and monitoring of the garden as is possible. Automation can be used to deliver efficient supplies of water and fertiliser and to check that other aspects of the growing system are in balance.
Duration: 5 hours

Learn how to maintain vertical gardens. Building any kind of vertical garden is a completely different thing to maintaining it. Often green walls are installed with very little thought of maintenance; then without the ongoing allocation of time and money, plants begin to sicken, and patches of the wall die.
Duration: 3 hours

Choosing plants for vertical growing is something which needs a great deal of thought for green walls and facades. Not only must you think about what types of plants are going to suit the local environmental conditions, but also how large the plants are going to grow. The main consideration for green walls is the anticipated weight of plants when they reach maturity. In this course, you will learn about different ways to support and grow plants, different media weights, and more.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn how to grow food using vertical growing systems. In places where land costs are high, it may be possible to grow a lot more produce per square metre by growing plants upwards. The number of commercial urban farms is increasing in cities around the world, and often these incorporate vertical growing systems.
Duration: 2 hours

Depending on how close you are to the sea, and how exposed your garden is, there are several problems which you will need to deal with; the most severe being high salt levels both in the soil, and carried in wind and water sprays, and physical damage from strong winds. Learn how to choose plants adapted to seaside growing and modify the site to encourage these to grow to the best of their ability.
Duration: 3 hours

Plant pests are organisms which eat the plant, or break the plant by standing on it. Plant disease is different - it is far more subtle, disturbing the microscopic physiological processes which go on within the plant. In this course, you'll learn how to identify and deal with common plant pests and diseases. Includes material on common terms, common disease types, inspections, treatment, and more.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to fit more plants in a small garden. A problem for some gardeners is that they simply don’t have enough room to fit all the plants they like to collect into the limited space available in their garden. When width and breadth of a garden is limited, our most obvious options are to make greater use of height or to use smaller plants.
Duration: 2 hours

One of the many bonuses of trees in the garden is the lovely cool shade they provide over summer. However, shade from large trees can also cause a range of different problems for plants and gardens. In this course, you will learn how to overcome these problems and successfully grow plants in the shade. Includes material on ferns, shade trees, deciduous and semi-deciduous trees, and perennials. Useful for designers, horticultural therapists, and more.
Duration: 1.5 hours

There are lots of choices when it comes to planting a lawn but perhaps the most important one is what variety of turf grass to grow. Ideally the lawn is a mix of grass varieties that are suited to different times of the year – as one grass variety grows strongly in winter another weakens then during hot weather the weaker variety grows rapidly as the other one diminishes. Learn how to choose the right turf grass for your locality.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Plants are the ultimate material for the garden artist to work with. A living plant is constantly changing -- and that poses both a challenge and an opportunity for the creative gardener to develop some very special effects in the garden. In this course, you'll learn how to create living garden art. Includes material on topiary, hedges, miniature and tabletop gardens, and how to incorporate a variety of different objects into your design.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn how to successfully establish plants. A key to establishing plants in any difficult area is to “nurture them” through the establishment phase. This involves providing protection and support and gradually reducing the degree of support, thus gradually exposing the plant to the difficult conditions of the site.
Duration: 2 hours

Plant selection is an important part of creating a beautiful and functional garden. With careful selection and well thought out planting schemes, you can minimise plant maintenance, minimise disease and prevent over-planting. In this course, you will learn about the fundamentals of plant selection. Includes material on selecting plants for specific purposes (e.g. windbreaks), meeting climate and water demands, longevity, and safety. Also discusses planting strategies.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to select plants for dry gardens. Some countries (such as Australia and the USA) are more prone to drought than others; but even countries such as the UK experience periods of drought. With low water supply, water restrictions, and the prospect of being unable to water a garden as much as in the past; it is becoming increasingly important for gardeners to consider growing drought tolerant plants.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Different conditions, environments, and climate can seriously affect plant health. For example, low temperature conditions can actually freeze the water inside a plant's cells, resulting in expansion and, ultimately, damage to the plant. In this course, you will learn how to avoid such damage through careful selection of plants according to your situation. Includes material on frost-hardy plants, plants for growing in inner city gardens, plants for growing in pots, and plants for pets.

Duration: 4 hours

Learn how to deal with wet areas. Many gardeners have a spot in their yard that either tends to stay wet for too long or permanently stays wet. These places might be constantly wet, or only seasonally (‘the wet season’), or occasionally so. While some plants will cope with extended periods in wet conditions, others will only cope with short periods.
Duration: 4 hours

There are a multitude of trees and shrubs on the market, each with pros and cons for specific gardens and garden types. In this course, you will learn about trees and shrubs, including evergreen and deciduous trees, and flowering shrubs such as roses. Includes clear tables listing species and cultivars for particular situations alongside easy-to-use selection tips. Also includes tips on soil for particular varieties, planting tips, and useful cultivars for common plants (e.g. lavender). Useful for gardeners and those starting out in the nursery industry.
Duration: 1 hour

Watching plants grow from seed to harvest and knowing that the armful of veggies and herbs you have just gathered for the evening meal will be on the table within an hour or two of harvest, can be an exciting and satisfying experience. Some say it tastes better, others believe it is just healthier. And there is no doubt it is cheaper! In this course, you will get an introduction to how to get started growing your own food. Includes material on how to assess and make the most of your space.
Duration: 1 hour

There are hundreds of different food plants that can be grown at home, ranging from fruits and vegetables to herbs, nuts, berries, vines, mushrooms and more. Different types of plants will yield different results -- meaning it is important to assess your environment and select appropriate plants and varieties for your unique space. In this course, you will learn how to choose the right combination to suit your family.
Duration: 3 hours

Fruit and vegetables can be grown many different ways. The way you choose to grow them may vary according to climate, space available, or a variety of other factors. You may be surprised at how much garden produce you can grow in a small space such as a balcony, veranda or courtyard. In this course, you will learn about different ways of growing fruit and vegetables, including container growing, hydroponics and permaculture.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to grow fruit and vegetables successfully. Plants need proper conditions to grow well. Create the right conditions for the plants that you want to grow, or only grow the plants that will suit your growing conditions and climate.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to use homegrown produce. Its quality and nutrition is generally better than produce that you buy because it’s fresh (the food value can deteriorate as it ages), and you can be certain about what chemicals it has, or has not been, exposed to. Apart from this, growing your own food is a lot of fun.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn how to grow berries. Berries are a wonderful crop to grow. Unlike other fruits, most berries are small plants, able to be grown in smaller places, and are faster to mature, often giving you a crop in the first year.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Learn how to successfully grow citrus fruits. There are citrus which will grow well in most climates, from the tropics to cooler temperate areas. Provided they are watered well, there are types which will grow in very high rainfall to very low rainfall areas, but you must get the right type for your locality.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Learn how to grow deciduous fruit trees. Most of the fruit grown in temperate climates come from deciduous trees (i.e. trees which lose their leaves over winter). Most of these trees will grow anywhere where there is a cold winter and warm to hot summer. Learn about chilling requirements, pollination, pest and disease control, and more.
Duration: 1 hour

Learn the fundamentals of growing fruit. Fruit trees are multi-purpose plants. They can be used for all the same reasons that you grow other trees – for shade, as a windbreak, to attract birds and wildlife, and to beautify the garden - but in addition, they give you something to eat. You don’t need a large backyard to grow fruit trees: espaliers, trellises and new dwarf varieties mean that you can grow fruit in just about any backyard.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Growing mushrooms at home can be easy, rewarding and not nearly as difficult as you might think. The common mushroom (Agaricus spp.) grows easily on compost, held in trays, bags, boxes or raised beds. In this course, you'll learn common terms, how to make your own compost, how to work through the spawning process, and how to use casing. Also includes material on pests and diseases, controls for pests and diseases, and the harvest process.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to grow nuts. Nut trees are considered to be a medium to long term investment. If grown commercially, most nuts (except peanuts which crop in six months and aren’t a ‘true’ nut in any case) take five or more years to bear and up to fifteen years to mature.
Duration: 2.5 hours

There are many hundreds of different species of edible fruits that can be grown in warm climates. Pineapples, bananas, paw-paw and avocados have been grown widely in the backyards of the warmer regions of the world for decades or longer. In this course, you'll learn how to plan your tropical fruit planting, study details including spacing and soil depth, how to handle pests and diseases, and how/when to harvest.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn how to grow vegetables successfully. Vegetables have the advantage of giving a relatively quick return. Most vegetables only take from 6 weeks to 6 months between planting and harvesting. Home-grown vegetables also taste superior, and growing them can provide endless hours of satisfaction.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Learn how to grow vine crops, including passionfruit, choko and grape.
Duration: 1 hour

Learn about plant diseases. Diseases can strike even the most well cared-for garden and knowledge of plant pathology is vital to help identify diseases of your plants. Plant pathology is the section of botanical science which deals with diseases and troubles in plants.
Duration: 5 hours

Learn how environmental problems can affect plants, including heat, cold, wind, rain, frost, shade, pollution and more. Different plant species vary in their tolerance to these conditions. For example, the heat which might kill one plant may simply slow the growth of another.
Duration: 4 hours

It always seems that the more work you do in a garden, the more pest and disease problems seem to appear. For this reason, it is important to be aware of common pests and diseases and how to control them. In this course, you'll learn how to identify plant pest and disease problems and a variety of control methods. Includes an easy to use guide for identifying problems through observation and examination.
Duration: 5 hours

Plants can be attacked by a huge variety of different types of pests. These range from microscopic life forms to the largest of animals, including humans. Some pests are of greater significance than others in terms of how many different types of plant they attack, how widely distributed they are, when they attack particular plants, and how much damage they do. In this course, you'll study different types of plants at risk of attack, how widely distributed pests are, and learn useful management techniques.
Duration: 5 hours

Avoiding plants which are susceptible to pests or diseases common in your locality, is essential to creating a garden which is more tolerant of problems and better suited to your part of the world. In this course, you'll learn how to assess plant health, about plant problems and plants they affect. Includes an easy-to-use table for recognising potential issues.
Duration: 5 hours

There are a variety of ways to control pests and diseases. Chemicals will normally kill pests and diseases effectively, but there can be problems if you don’t use the right chemical or the right method. In this course, you will learn how to treat plant problems with a variety of methods, including cultural control, biological control, physical controls, and chemical controls. Includes easy-to-use tables.
Duration: 5 hours

There are lots of different ways to identify plants. A good plantsman will have a level of knowledge and familiarity with plants which will allow relatively accurate naming of many thousands of different species or cultivars by simply looking at and examining the plant in question. In this course, you'll learn about gathering plant material, pressing, the beginnings of classification, herbarium specimens, and simplified keys.
Duration: 5 hours

A solid understanding of how plants are identified and classified can help you can make sense of the huge range of organisms out there. In this course, you will learn to recognise the characteristics of important plant families. Includes close up images to help you learn, a collection of simplified keys, lists of common genii per family, and clear notes on the properties of each family. Useful for gardeners, people entering into horticulture, and those interested in working in the nursery industry.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Correct naming and naming systems are essential to scientific practice. Without a clear system, it becomes impossible to conduct research, identify new species, and even develop new cultivars. A vernacular name is a common or
local name given to plants -- and while these are common in many areas, they can lead to confusion. In this course, you will learn how plants are named according to a scientific process, including details of the classification system, general history, and tips and tricks to help with Latin names.

Duration: 3 hours

Learn about the Proteaceae family. There are around 1700 species and 79 genera of plants in the Proteaceae (Protea) family and most are indigenous to the southern hemisphere. Around half of these species come from Australia and a quarter from southern Africa. Protea is internationally one of the best-known and most widely grown genera from the Proteaceae family. Proteas originate in southern Africa and many species are known and grown for their large colourful flower heads.
Duration: 4 hours

The mint family, or Lamiaceae, contains about 180 different genera with more than 3,500 species of mainly herbs and shrubs. They are found throughout the world, with the majority in the Mediterranean region. In this course, you will learn about significant plants in the Lamiaceae (mint) family, study its botanical key, and learn differences between common species and cultivars.
Duration: 3 hours

Gardens are made up of lots of different living things besides plants, including animals, fungi and microbes. Given there are so many different ways to garden, and a range of different garden styles, the garden can be planned to suit the desires of the owners, and the location. In this course, you will learn about different approaches to gardening and design. Includes material on cottage gardens, colour theory, and more.
Duration: 3 hours

Gardening has evolved over hundreds of years and naturally, over that time period, a wide range of techniques
to make gardening easier or more productive have emerged and been refined. Others may be regarded as specialist techniques, such as creating bonsai or hydroponic growing. In this course, you will learn about a variety of gardening techniques, including organic gardening, permaculture, crop rotation, and more.
Duration: 3 hours

Plants that are grown in containers have their roots in “potting media”, which may be made from soil or other non-soil components. However, not all plants are grown in soil. In hydroponics, for example, plants are grown in sterile media without soil and are fed nutrients diluted in water. In this course, you will learn about general soil management and maintenance, different types of media and additions, and how to cater to a variety of plant types.
Duration: 5 hours

Amongst the most serious problems gardeners face are pests, diseases and weeds. Pests and diseases can decimate a garden or crop, but often the garden will find a balance without too much intervention. To identify a problem you must
first become familiar with all the possible things that can go wrong with a plant. In this course, you will learn how to identify pests, diseases and weeds, and fundamentals of plant protection.
Duration: 1.5 hours

All gardeners need a reasonable knowledge of plants. In this course, you'll learn about plant names and where they come, how to identify plants, how different groups of plants vary, planting in garden beds, and with structures, and how to select healthy plants. You'll also learn about large categories, such as annuals vs perennials, and smaller categories, such as families.
Duration: 2 hours

Amongst the key garden maintenance tasks which gardeners must undertake is the control of plant growth through pruning plants and mowing grass. In this course, you'll learn about pruning and mowing, including material on removing dead or diseased wood, controlling growth, shape, and size, and rejuvenating a plant. You'll explore proper technique in using common gardening tools.
Duration: 2.5 hours

There is a wide range of gardening tools which can be used to do gardening jobs properly and reduce the workload. Naming tools and knowing their uses are part of a gardener’s knowledge. If you are aware of what they are, you can select the best choice for the task at hand. In this course, you'll learn how to select appropriate tools and machinery and how they work.
Duration: 4 hours

Like people, plants need water and food, but there are different needs depending on the plants and the growing conditions. One of the biggest problems in gardening is not watering plants when it is needed -- plants can suffer from both under-watering and over-watering. In this course, you'll learn how to identify the most appropriate times for watering and feeding plants.
Duration: 3 hours

There is a large variety of machinery and equipment on the market which can be used to assist with horticultural maintenance. Whilst all of the basic concepts are sound, individual types of equipment have both good and bad points. In this course, you will explore a variety of machinery and equipment on the market which can be used to assist with horticultural maintenance. Includes material on cylinder mowers, ride on units, self-propelled mowers, leaf vacuums, and more.
Duration: 4 hours

Healthy turf needs care, but the amount of care given to a turfed area depends on the reason there is turf in the first place. The amount of care given to a grassed space depends on available funds and resources, its use and the level of motivation. In this course, you'll learn how to care for and maintain a variety of turf, perform regular maintenance procedures, and inspect for pests. Includes information on aeration, soil pH, and more.
Duration: 5 hours

Good mowing techniques will improve the long-term health of the lawn. When mown correctly -- at the right time, at the right height grass, and in the right direction -- a grassed area will retain its health, functionality and aesthetics. In this course, you'll learn about mowing different areas, mowing time calculations, cut types, length of cut, and more. Includes material on mowing for a mowing business.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Lawn care and grass cutting businesses are very popular small businesses. The start-up costs are also quite low as only a mower, trailer, strimmer/ whipper snipper, fuel and transport are necessary to get started. In this course, you'll work through the getting started process, starting with a checklist and moving through finance, franchises, required equipment, and more.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Back in the 15th and 16th Century England a lawn was often a mix of grasses and flowers such as clover, thymes, chamomile providing a green low growing surface and also a place for bees to happily collect their pollen and move to other areas of gardens and orchards for pollinating. Turf based lawns date back many hundreds of years. In times past they were an indicator of a person’s wealth and status, as only the wealthy could afford to maintain scythe mown grass; in most cases animals were used to keep the grass down.
Duration: 1 hour

Customers are far more informed today than they were in the past i.e. before google and social media aided them in finding information about almost anything and everything. Old school ways of trying to close a sale by overloading the customer with information, may not always work with modern, savvy shoppers as a result.
Duration: 1 hour

Conditions have to be suitable before a sale can take place. These conditions can be environmental, psychological or behavioural. For instance, a rushed, noisy atmosphere with a lot of distraction might be a good environment for a quick sale in a market place, but quite a bad environment for selling a piece of furniture or a pair of shoes or when demonstrating a garden product.
Duration: 1 hour

Selling is one thing, but inspiring a customer to come back and buy again is something else. A new customer is great but a regular customer is gold and needs to be looked after. The most important aspects of gaining and keeping customers has already been discussed: a friendly manner, interest in your customers’ needs, knowledge of plants and products and making sure that the customer leaves with a plant or product that is right for them and their purpose.
Duration: 1 hour

Once a salesperson assists a customer in realizing they have a need for the product -- as long as the product is suitable, it will sell itself. The role of the salesperson in encouraging a purchase is to help the customer make their own discovery. In this course, you will learn how to speak with customers, use merchandising and displays to your advantage, improve labelling and signage for optimum effect, and more.
Duration: 1 hour

As a salesperson, your clothes, your dress and your manner, leave an instant first impression. The first impression a customer has of a sales person will shape their attitude towards not only the sales person - but also of the business in general. A great first impression is the key to making sales and establishing and maintaining a thriving business. In this course, you'll learn about types of shoppers, active listening, conversational selling, and building confidence. Useful for sales staff, hospitality staff, and more.
Duration: 1 hour

If you are to sell something properly, you must know what you are selling, both its strengths and weaknesses. product knowledge not only makes you a more effective salesperson; it will add to your credibility as an expert, allow you to consider options in a more informed manner, and will allow you to use your knowledge to direct your sales toward individual needs, attitudes, and interests. In this course, you will learn how to use your knowledge to help close a sale.
Duration: 1 hour

How can we find the best way to sell to every type of prospective customer? Customers come from all walks of life, from various cultures with various customs, they may be young or old, rich or poor (and anywhere in between). In this course, you'll learn how to customize your sales approach to each specific client and situation.
benefits as far as sales go. Includes easy to follow step-by-step frameworks and information on language sequencing for optimum sales impact.
Duration: 1 hour

Some business people still take an entirely self-centred approach to sales and believe that good business means meeting their own needs. This attitude may work in the short term, if your product or service is necessary or in high demand, or until a competitor arrives on the scene who make customers feel that they are also important. In the long run, business success relies on happy customers, and these cannot be gained by doing only what is in your immediate interests or the immediate interest of your employer’s business, whether that means lying about your product, misrepresenting your services, not following up on promises, or refusing to take responsibility for faulty products or errors. Sooner or later, unhappy customers can and will find other businesses that give them what they want, and you will lose.
Duration: 2 hours

This is written as a guide for the person attempting to start or run a small nursery, herb or flower growing enterprise as a backyard operation on their larger property. It endeavours to include the most salient information and covers the most important topics you need to get you started. Use this as a starting point: Study closely the nursery industry and its sectors in your region – see what is and isn’t being done. Look at what plants and related products are currently in demand. Speak with appropriate government departments such as agriculture, forestry and other relevant authorities in your region; these places can help you with the detailed information you need to acquire that may not be covered here.
Duration: 4 hours

New nurseries, like many other small businesses, often fail because they haven’t been properly planned. Nurseries can be started with minimal cash investment, but the size of the operation must be geared to the amount of cash invested. If the initial investment is small, then the nursery should be small and grow slowly. Even if a sizeable investment is made initially, it is wise to retain up to one third of the cash available to carry the business for the first couple of years.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn the fundamentals of backyard nursery management and organisation. New nurseries pop up every year to service the growing demand for plants not just by home gardeners but also landscapers, developers, revegetation schemes and so on. To stay in business though you do need the ability not just to grow plants but to manage a business; financial and business management aptitude, plus organisational skills and efficiency are vital to your success.
Duration: 1 hour

The nurseryman or herb grower needs to know three things: how to treat plants in order to minimise the likelihood of health problems occurring in the first place; if a problem does occur, how to recognise and identify it & how to treat a problem. In this course, you will learn about a variety of plant health problems, including environmental and nutritional issues and pest damage. You'll also learn about treatment options and how to minimise the likelihood of problems.
Duration: 2 hours

There is an enormous range of containers suited to nursery use. The right choice of container is often primarily influenced by the cost and the application. It is essential to understand the needs of individual plants in order to determine proper containers and media, propagation procedure, and more. In this course, you will learn about materials required for plant propagation, including containers, potting mixes, labels and stock plants.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to propagate plants. Broadly, there are two ways of propagating plants - asexually and sexually. Asexual propagation involves growing a new plant from some part (e.g. leaf, stem and root) of an existing plant This is also known as vegetative propagation because it uses the ‘vegetative growth’ of the parent plant to produce the ‘daughter’ plant.
Duration: 3 hours

It is essential that seed be of good quality and from a reliable source. Seed merchants tend to specialise in either annual and vegetable seeds or else tree and shrub seed. In this course, you'll learn how to select seed, and how to plant and propagate seeds and cuttings. Includes material on pre-germination treatments, storage, viability, handling, pricking out and more. Useful for gardeners, people entering the nursery industry, and more.
Duration: 2 hours

The nursery type herb farm is well established in many countries throughout the world, and is an expanding industry. It is possible to start a small herb growing business in your backyard. If you have a small outlying property it may be ideal for starting a herb farm that is open to the public. In this course, you will learn how to get started with your own small flower or herb farm. Includes material on selection, production and sale of plants, harvesting, and a variety of other botanical products you may sell.
Duration: 1 hour

To use herbs effectively and without risk usually involves skilled preparation of plant parts ranging from roots to shoots, seeds, flowers, bark and leaves. Medicinal herbs are used in different ways. In this course, you'll explore the general applications for herbs and medicinal uses for some herbs.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about the irrigation industry. Irrigation is the technique of supplying a plant’s needs for water. It is an integral part of successful crop production ranking as highly in terms of importance with fertilising and the control of weeds, pests and diseases.
Duration: 3 hours

The purpose of a pump is to create the appropriate pressure required to supply water at the required rate and in the required quantity. Pressure created by the pump must be sufficient to lift water from the lowest point of water supply, to the highest point where water is being applied. In this course, you'll learn about different irrigation pumps and filters, pump mechanisms, and controllers. Includes tips on troubleshooting.
Duration: 3 hours

If you irrigate properly, you will water thoroughly and infrequently. By making sure the water penetrates the soil properly and wets the total root zone each time, you will find each application of irrigation will have maximum benefit and the soil will take longer to dry out (reducing the frequency of irrigations required). In this course, you will learn when to irrigate in a small-scale situation. Includes a checklist, list of symptoms for water insufficiency, and how to calculate relevant measures.
Duration: 3 hours

Irrigation systems can be designed to supply water for a wide range of irrigation applications, and many different types of irrigation are used around the world. In this course, you will learn about the major categories of irrigation systems, operation and selection, the differences between flood and pressurised irrigation systems, and more. Includes material on design considerations. Useful for beginners and growers looking to update or change their irrigation methods.
Duration: 1.5 hours

The air which surrounds an indoor plant is often different to the air outside of the building. Its gas composition, humidity and temperature characteristics can differ in many ways, and be affected by many things. In this course, you'll learn how to improve or manage the environment surrounding your plants. Includes material on humidity, pollutants, and ventilation. Also includes material on plants that are helpful on freshening the surrounding air.
Duration: 2.5 hours

There is a range of plant species that will grow in variable conditions from low light, to bright light, in places with poor air quality, air-conditioned environments and in temperature extremes. Knowing a range of species to suit all of these situations helps you to choose the right plant for the right place.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Plants are grown indoors because of the psychological and physical benefits they bring. Indoor plants improve an indoor space aesthetically, making it a more pleasing environment; studies have shown that ‘greening’ an office space gives people a more positive and less stressed outlook. In fact, creating green spaces within a hospital was found to aid healing.
Duration: 1 hour

Plants growing indoors are not immune to having problems with pests and diseases. It is important to be able to correctly diagnose any problems which arise. Some insects are clearly visible on the foliage of plants, such as scale and aphids, which can be easily controlled. While others such as mites can be less visible to the naked eye.
Duration: 3 hours

There is a lot more to establishing an indoor garden than just choosing plants. There are many facets that need detailed consideration and include: planning (design – the planting design and the system design, installation and maintenance) and evaluation of an existing space where a plantscape or indoor plants are to be retrofitted rather than part of an original building design.
Duration: 2 hours

As discussed previously water is vital to plant growth and health: water is needed for photosynthesis, to enable the transport materials within the plant, for cell enlargement (influencing the growth phase) and in soft herbaceous plants to enable them to remain turgid. The effect of watering also cools the air around plants, creates humidity (which is important in indoor environments where air is usually dry) and allows new, clean air to enter the potting medium (from the top) as watering expels old stale air from the bottom of the pot through drainage.
Duration: 3 hours

The overall objectives in using plants indoors are to beautify a space and to create a great atmosphere, both aesthetically and physically within a built environment. There are a variety of ways in which plants can be introduced indoors and a variety of indoor landscaping methods. All designed to enhance a space, whether it be large or small.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn about the nature and scope of Permaculture. Permaculture is a system of agriculture based on perennial, or self perpetuating, plant and animal species which are useful to man. In a broader context, permaculture is a philosophy which encompasses the establishment of environments which are highly productive and stable, and which provide food, shelter, energy etc., as well as supportive social and economic infrastructures.
Duration: 3.5 hours

By understanding the way forests occur naturally (and the interrelationships in force) we can develop a foundation for designing and managing treed areas in a permaculture system. In this course, you'll learn about forest systems and their relevance to Permaculture design. You'll also learn important definitions and terminology, plant associations, rockeries, rainforest systems, and more.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn how to grow tomatoes suitable for your region and intended use. Growing tomatoes is easy when you know how. This course will take you through general tips, propagation, pruning plants, health management of plants, examples of popular cultivars and even a small number of recipes to try.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn how to create topiary. Topiary is the art of training plants to ornamental shapes. Its main function is to add an element of surprise to the garden. Geometric shapes are popular – spheres, cones, cubes, spirals, as are animals, including birds, but there are many other possibilities. In this course, you will learn about creating topiary from existing aids, such as pre-shaped cones and balls. You'll also learn how to select plants for your topiary. Includes a useful list of potential options for the new topiarist.
Duration: 2 hours

Drainage is an essential part of most garden systems. Without drainage, gardeners must deal with wet soil. Overly wet ground is undesirable because it promotes pests and diseases, reduces oxygen availability to plant roots, increase weed growth, and increases humidity. Stored water can also become stagnant, while the ground itself can become inaccessible. In this course, you'll learn how to improve permeability, lay drains and outlets properly, and more.
Duration: 2.5 hours

One way to plan a garden involves seeing it as series of zones which each have specific characteristics and purposes. Zones which need to be accessed more frequently would most naturally be located where they are most accessible. The zones might be concentric rings radiating out from a home or from a central pathway through the permaculture system/garden.
Duration: 5 hours

Learn about alternative sustainable systems practiced around the world. Sustainable systems have not merely been developed in one or two countries of late as a result of displeasure with modern agricultural systems but have global and historic precedents throughout the world crossing many cultures and time periods.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about the role of insects and other small animals in permaculture systems. Insects, earthworms, snails and other small organisms are often obscure to the eye, but they are nevertheless very important in any permaculture system. In this course, you will learn about ecosystems, ecological concepts, the web of life, and specific insect groups and their life cycles and habits. Includes useful tables, methods of pest control, and information on the benefits of worms and vermiculture.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Learn to use permaculture concepts on a small scale - small courtyards, tiny front gardens -even if you only have limited space behind a villa unit or flat; permaculture is still possible. Inspiration for residents and property owners, professional development for permaculturists, horticulturists and environmentalists.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Understand the scope and nature of urban forestry. Trees can have multiple benefits to urban areas, mitigating environmental problems like temperature extremes and flooding; as well as providing things that may be harvested and used judiciously - closer to the end user than rural forests.
Duration: 3.5 hours

The potato – Solanum tuberosum – is a low-growing, leafy, green, herbaceous plant in the Solanaceae plant family. It is an important global crop; potatoes are in the top five globally most important food crops for human consumption. In this course, you'll learn all about potatoes, how to grow them home, and useful tips and tricks for storage. Includes material on seed preparation, selection, pests and diseases, and harvesting.
Duration: 3 hours

Alpine plants are defined in several ways. The scientific definition says that alpine plants are those plants that grow naturally above the tree line in mountains. In this course, you will learn about the cultivation of alpine and water plants. Includes material on selection, establishment, rock gardens, raised beds, screes, alpine houses, and more.
Duration: 2 - 3 hours

Annuals are plants that grow from a seed to a mature plant, flower, and produce seed all within the space of one year. Annuals can be grown as a bedding plant; in a tub or pot; as a hanging basket, or even as a cut flower. They are generally grown with the specific purpose of providing a bright flower display. In this course you will learn about the selection, cultivation, and maintenance of annual and herbaceous plants.
Duration: 2 - 3 hours

Plants can be used as windbreaks, hedges and screens to form a living, physical barrier. They can provide a quick growing, colorful alternative to a fence, wall, or other hard barrier. With this course you will develop your knowledge in selection, establishment, and maintenance of species suitable for hedges windbreaks and screens.


Duration: 4 hours

Horticultural therapy needs to be offered in a way that is accessible to the clients we work with. Therefore, before we can start work with clients we need to ensure that they can actually get to the location and into the garden in the first place. When planning a site to work with clients, it is important to consider issues that might cause problems. In this course, you'll learn how to work toward solutions to improve accessibility and usability for people with disabilities in horticultural situations.
Duration: 2 hours

Vegetables, berries, dwarf fruit trees, mushrooms, herbs and even cut flowers, can all be grown in pots and containers which do not require much space. Some container produce can even be grown indoors. Aside from making the best use of space, there are several advantages to growing produce in containers. In this course, you'll learn about a range of containerised gardening techniques suited to a horticultural therapy program and how you can use them to improve outcomes.
Duration: 5 hours

Communication is anything that expresses something about our feelings, thoughts, values and beliefs. We are continuously communicating, through our words, the tone and volume of our voices, our gestures, our facial expressions, our body language and posture or stance, our actions, even our clothing. In this course, you'll learn about the application and significance of communication skills to interacting with clients in a horticultural therapy situation.
Duration: 4 hours

Gardens have been used to ‘heal’ throughout the ages – an example from the past is the cloistered monastery garden. To be therapeutic, a garden must evoke positive feelings in the viewer and visitor in the garden. When positive feelings are invoked the body and mind is thought to heal better. In this course, you will learn how to create gardens that are appropriate for horticultural therapy situations. Includes material on sensory gardens and landscape principles.
Duration: 2 hours

Gardening activities can require flexibility and a range of movements that many of us just take for granted.
However, for those with injuries other physical disabilities and restricted movement caused by age or arthritic problems can make gardening difficult and painful. In this course, you'll learn about methods and modifications to enable people to garden or to continue gardening.
Duration: 5 hours

The therapeutic benefit of growing food can be enormous, and even life-changing, for a person. The act of growin something useful -- and creating something useful -- can be empowering. In this course, you'll learn how to grow food in a horticultural therapy situation. Includes material on planning, selection, raised beds, propagation, and container gardening. Comes with an easy-to-use sowing and transplanting guide for common plants.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Horticultural therapists may be employed by the healthcare sector and earn an annual salary. Alternatively, they may be self-employed and work as contractors for the healthcare sector. In some cases, there may be opportunities to establish small businesses perhaps servicing both government-funded clients and private clients. In this course, you'll learn about the variety of opportunities open to horticultural therapists, and how horticultural therapy can become a partial or fully funded activity by generating income.
Duration: 3 hours

Horticultural therapy (also known as ‘social and therapeutic horticulture’) uses the activities associated with horticulture such as gardening, plant propagation, plant care, visits to natural environments and gardens and parks etc. in personal development; to engender a feeling of well-being, improve physical health and encourage social interaction. In this course, you will learn about the scope and nature of horticultural therapy. Includes material on benefits and use.
Duration: 3 hours

It is the responsibility of an employer (or provider in the case of the horticultural therapist) to provide a safe workplace. Procedures for safe work should be formulated, implemented and managed. In this course, you will learn how to identify potential risks to participants within a horticultural therapy program. You will also learn about the value of planning, and about risk minimisation procedures.
Duration: 2 - 3 hours

Acers, or maples, are deciduous shrubs and trees, cultivated commonly for their attractive foliage -- and particularly their autumn colour. They are also commonly used to provide for shade and in windbreaks. Some taller species provide timber and maple syrup. In this course, you will learn to develop your knowledge in classification, identification and culture of plants in the genus Acer.
Duration: 2 - 3 hours

Birch belongs to the plant family Betulaceae. The genus Alnus (Alder) also belongs to the same family. In their indigenous habitats, both birch and alders are used for their wood, and is some situations for their bark and leaves; as a source of oil (including wintergreen), dyes and even as a food. They are also important as ornamental plants. In this course you will learn to develop knowledge in classification, identification and culture of plants from the genus Betula.
Duration: 2 - 3 hours

Prunus are temperate climate plants, hardy on most soils (except poorly drained ones), and best suited to places with a cold winter. Some require a hot summer, others a mild summer. This group includes plums, apricots, peaches, nectarines, and cherries. In this course you will learn to develop knowledge in classification, identification and culture of plants, from the genus Prunus. Includes a table of useful species.
Duration: 2 - 3 hours

Fraxinus belongs to the plant family Oleaceae. Ash timber has been widely used in the past for wood craft including furniture and tool handles. As a plantation tree, timber can take 60-70years to fully mature. In this course you will learn about different varieties of ash and their uses, and to develop your knowledge in classification, identification and culture of plants, from the genus Fraxinus. Includes a table of useful species.
Duration: 2 - 3 hours

Quercus spp. (Oak) are mainly tall semi-deciduous and deciduous trees for temperate climates, some are evergreen, and a few can be grown in warmer climates. Most (not all) occur naturally in the northern hemisphere. Some are valuable for their timber. Many have attractive autumn foliage. Some oak species are prized for their timber. They are popular as a summer shade tree, and for autumn displays. In this course you will learn to develop your knowledge in classification, identification and culture of plants, from the genus Quercus.

Duration: 5 hours

Most palms are truly tropical plants, preferring wet tropic or sub-tropic climates to do their best. Some palms and plants that have a palm-like appearance will grow under harsher conditions. These may be used in cooler climates, harsher inland areas (e.g. deserts), or as indoor plants, to create similar affects when other varieties of palms become difficult to grow. In this course, you'll learn how to use a variety of cordylines and palms, about their taxonomy, and about the culture of palms and palm-like tropical plants.
Duration: 2 hours

Indoor plants is that they aren't really indoor plants -- after all, plants do not grow indoors in nature. Indoor plants are simply plants which we have found to be adaptable to an indoor environment. The natural environment for tropical plants is usually wet, humid and hot. If those plants are placed in an indoor environment which is cooler and less humid then wetness must also be reduced. In this course, you'll learn how to grow tropical plants outside of the tropics.
Duration: 3 hours

Certain plants that originate in tropical or sub-tropical climates can sometimes be grown successfully out of doors in a cooler climate - particularly if provided with some protection (e.g. under the canopy of a large tree or beside a wall to protect from wind and/or frost). With the right conditions (i.e. light, ventilation, temperature, humidity etc) any tropical plant can be grown in a greenhouse, or as an indoor plant, no matter where you live. In this course, you'll learn about the nature and scope of tropical plants. Includes material on climactic zones.
Duration: 5 hours

There are between 20,000 and 30,000 orchid species known to man, coming from almost every corner of the world (except for very arid desert areas and the Arctic and Antarctic). If you choose the appropriate orchids for your locality, they are very easy plants to grow, often requiring very little attention once established in a suitable position. In this course, you will learn about the taxonomy and culture of orchids, ferns and bromeliads.
Duration: 4 hours

Heliconias, Gingers, Bananas, Calatheas, Cannas, and various other leafy herbaceous plants all belong to the same botanical order. This broad group of plants comes mostly from the tropics, or sub tropics, but some can be grown outside into temperate zones of the world. In this course, you'll learn about the taxonomy and culture of heliconias and gingers.
Duration: 5 hours

These plants are generally very hardy, particularly once established. They can add a different mood to a garden through the typically soft, narrow foliage, contrasting with the broader leaves of most other tropical garden plants. Many species can be invasive, blocking pipes, lifting paving or cracking walls. Bamboos are particularly notorious. In this course, you'll learn about the taxonomy and culture of a range of soft-wooded tropical plants including annuals, perennials and bulbs. Includes material on potential problems and propagation.
Duration: 5 hours

There are hundreds of different food plants which can be grown at home, ranging from fruits and vegetables to herbs, nuts, berries, vines and even aboriginal (bush tucker) foods. The challenge is to choose the right combination to suit your family. In this course, you'll learn about the taxonomy and culture of herbs, vegetables and fruits in tropical conditions. Includes material on a variety of growing conditions.
Duration: 3 hours

Renovating any garden will almost certainly involve repair and reconstruction of some hard landscape features. In this course, you'll earn about the practical procedures necessary for the restoration of a range of hard landscape features, including the use of concrete, pavers, and bricks. You'll also learn about barriers -- the purpose they serve in a garden, how to create and use them effectively, and how to protect any outdoor furnishings.
Duration: 4 hours

Though beginnings of horticulture are lost in the mists of time, it is a certainty that plants were being selected and cultivated at the very beginning of human civilisation. Evidence has been found of gardens in ancient civilisations in all parts of the world: Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. In this course, you will learn about the history of garden design, particularly in the UK, and about the influence of plant introductions.
Duration: 3 hours

When you are faced with the task of restoring an old garden, it may be a significant challenge to discover and recreate plantings as close to the original design as possible. In this course, you will learn about processes and the need for assessment and recording of the type, condition and future potential of a range of plantings and features in an ornamental garden. You'll also learn how to get started in an absence of paperwork and other records.
Duration: 3 hours

Landscape designers need a particularly good appreciation of plant culture when confronted with a garden renovation project. If the garden is tired and run down, don’t worry. Most old gardens can be brought back to life relatively easily, with a little money and effort. In this course, you will learn how to analyse information collected and how to organise garden restoration work. You will also learn how to assess risk and identify safe work practices.
Duration: 5 - 6 hours

The restoration of plants can be heavy duty work. It usually includes Improving existing plants and introducing new or replacement plants. In this course, you will learn about problems which may be encountered in the improvement of retained hedges, plantings and lawns. You will also learn about practical solutions for improving retained hedges, plantings and lawns, and how to evaluate the use of modern maintenance techniques in established gardens.
Duration: 2 hours

When you renovate an old garden, you have the advantage that most of the broad structure is in place. Renovation is easier and cheaper than starting from scratch. Some components may need cleaning, repairing, replacing or maybe even altering, but there is usually a lot that can be used. In this course, you will learn about the main criteria used to select plantings and features for retention in a restored garden.
Duration: 3 hours

Surveying is the process of measuring and recording dimensions, layout and content of a garden site; including noting of site factors that may be relevant to planning development. Learn basic methods for the survey and recording of the layout and content of an established garden and understand the importance of detailed information including assessment of site factors.

Duration: 2 hours

Bent grasses are species or hybrids belonging to the genus Agrostis. They are also sometimes known as brown grasses. There are around 100 different species of Agrostis, with the following being grown in various places around the world in turf.
In this course, you will learn about the characteristics, culture and uses of bent grasses as a turf. Includes clear and easy to read descriptions and maintenance information.
Duration: 2 hours

Blue grasses are a large genus comprising around 250 species, widespread in temperate and colder climates around the world. Common names include Blue Grass, Meadow Grass and Spear Grass. Many are suited as a turf grass and most are generally palatable pasture grasses. In this course, you will learn about the characteristics, culture and uses of blue grasses as a turf.
Duration: 3 hours

Buffalo Grass is a common name that is used for multiple genera including Stenotaphrum, Bouteloua and Buchloe. The use of this common name doesn’t actually mean all three genera are closely related types of grasses. In fact, Stenotaphrum is closer to Kikuyu and bahia grasses. In this course, you will learn about the characteristics, culture and the use of Buffalo and Zoysia grasses.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Most lawns and sports turfs are planned to comprise specific turf grass species, from a limited range of genera. That is the ideal and intended goal of most turf managers. Sometimes the cheapest and most pragmatic way of managing turf is to mow whatever exists, or emerges, when an area is first established as a turf. In this course, you will learn about the characteristics, culture and uses of various cool condition grasses as a turf.
Duration: 3 hours

The term couch grass is most commonly applied to fine leaved creeping grasses of the genus Cynodon; but it is also occasionally used loosely to describe fine leaved grasses from other genera. The genus Cynodon comprises around 10 species from Africa, Europe and Asia. In this course, you will learn about the characteristics, culture and uses of Couch grasses as a turf. Includes some material on genus Digitaria.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Fescues are some of the most important and widely cultivated turf grasses. They include both cultivars that have a more upright growth habit, and others with a more horizontal growth. The genus is ‘Festuca’ and within that genus are over 100 species widely spread across the world, but more prominent in temperate and colder places. In this course, you will learn about the characteristics, culture and uses of Fescue grasses as a turf.
Duration: 2 hours

Rye grasses belong to the genus Lolium. Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) varies widely genetically; Mediterranean bred types (from Southern Europe) can over-winter and retain the colour and still grow, those from northern Europe (Continental types) shut down over winter - due to their adaption to extreme cold conditions. In this course, you will learn about the characteristics, culture and uses of rye grasses as a turf.
Duration: 2 hours

Most turfs or lawns are a community comprising more than just one turf grass cultivar. Turf grass swards (soil and living plants) are ecosystems made up of a variety of species all competing for nutrients, light, water and oxygen. Management practices can impact significantly on the interactions between cultivars, favouring one species or discourage another. In this course, you will learn about the dynamics at play when different varieties of turf grass grow together.
Duration: 3 hours

A range of other turf grass species, suited to warm conditions, are cultivated in some parts of the world, including, centipede grass, bahia grass, kikuyu, St Augustine grass. These species may be cultivated in mild temperate climates as a summer grass; or more commonly in sub-tropical or tropical climates as a year-round turf grass. In this course, you will learn about the characteristics, culture and uses of various warm condition grasses as a turf.
Duration: 3 hours

Tree surgeons or arborists sometimes need to take measures to curtail the growth of tree roots and branches that may cause damage to both public and private property. Certain species can cause a significant amount of property damage in an urban environment by lifting footpaths and house foundations as well as overshadowing neighbouring property. In this course, you will learn about tree surgery procedures to treat damage by plants.
Duration: 2 hours

Successful tree plantation establishment depends on several factors. In order to establish a successful plantation, it is vital to ensure that all factors are accounted for. This will ensure the plantation will have the best possible chance of producing a quality product. In this course, you will learn about selection and preparation of site and species, purposes, design, scale drawings, and more.
Duration: 4 hours

Most well-pruned trees and shrubs will never require extra support. Good pruning will promote a strong structure. A lack of or poor pruning can lead to real problems, creating forked trunks and weak joins in the branches. Without support these plants can be hazardous. In this course, you'll learn about pruning, trimming, and other techniques used to strengthen weaknesses in a tree.
Duration: 5 hours

Some species have physiological adaptations which make them more tolerant of certain conditions compared to other species. Every person working with trees should have good knowledge of the trees that can be relied on to grow in difficult conditions in their locality. In this course, you will learn how to evaluate different tree species, to determine which are less likely to develop arboricultural problems.
Duration: 4 hours

It is essential all planners, designers, arborists and administrators who are involved in making decisions about trees utilise some type of a guide as to the value of individual trees. Many countries have an established code for assessing the monetary value of trees. Trees that are prescribed a value are more likely to be seen as of value to the community. In this course, you will learn about why we remove trees, how to establish value, and how to remove trees, including tree felling and stump removal methods.