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Course Description

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This course focuses on the properties and uses of landscape construction materials. It is critical to remember that site design and landscape construction techniques are interdependent. The characteristics and methods of installation and resulting maintenance requirements of particular materials often have significant design implications. These implications can include site function and durability, meeting intended use of features on site and associated construction costs.

Designed For

Home gardeners and landscape practitioners looking for insight into the construction practices of residential landscapes.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Identify construction practices that connect design goals to proper landscape construction techniques;
  2. Explain the process of building a landscape and what documents and drawings are important when undertaking a landscape construction project;
  3. Identify what building materials work best for common landscape projects and what basic construction techniques you should consider;
  4. Learn how topography and contours influence and effect landscape construction and outdoor environments; and
  5. Distinguish how to install planting material to ensure good health and plant survival.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Landscape Construction
  • Documents Used in Landscape Construction
  • Process for Installing a Landscape
  • Grading and Drainage in the Landscape
  • Paving Materials in the Landscape
  • Fences and Decks
  • Retaining Walls
  • Installing Plant Material
  • Estimating and Costing for Construction


Assessment Item Weight
Assignment 1: Detail Library 30%
Assignment 2: Online Quiz 15%
Assignment 3: Materials Project A 20%
Assignment 3: Materials Project B 20%
Discussion Participation 15%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.


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