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Every site has a unique set of micro climatic and soil conditions. Other factors such as the site’s exposure to traffic, pests and disease, will also be unique.
All of these things are relatively uncontrollable; although the way the landscape is designed will impact on these characteristics as well.
- Planting large plants can modify existing microclimates by buffering temperature fluctuations, changing light intensities etc.
- Changing contours can alter soil temperatures, soil moisture, exposure to light, as well as drainage patterns, etc.
- Treatments of surfaces can change drainage characteristics, soil conditions,
- Buildings, drainage pipes, services (electricity, gas etc)can be affected by the nature and type of landscape treatment
Some styles of landscape are going to cause greater changes to a landscape than others.
There are 10 lessons in this module as follows:
- Site Appraisal, Interpretation and Risk Assessment.
- Preparing Site Plans and Specification.
- Influence of Site Characteristics.
- The Use of Hard Landscape Features.
- Setting out a Site to Scale Plans and Drawings.
- Soil Handling and Storage.
- Land Drainage Systems.
- Ground Preparation Techniques.
- Construction of Paths and Patios.
- Construction of Steps, Ramps, Dwarf Walls and Fences.
Explain how to conduct a site appraisal and interpret the results.
Conduct risk assessments associated with planning layout and construction of ornamental gardens
Produce and interpret site plans and specifications using basic survey measurements.
Explain how site characteristics may influence choice of garden design style.
Evaluate and explain the contribution made by hard landscape features to design and function
Describe the practical procedures for setting out a site to scale plans and drawings.
Describe and explain the reasons for correct soil moving and storage during construction works.
Explain the factors which determine the design and specification of land drainage systems and describe procedures for setting out and installing land drainage.
Explain requirements for a range of ground preparation techniques for different landscape features.
Specify a range of materials and outline procedures for construction of paths and patios.
Specify a range of materials and outline procedures for construction of Steps, Ramps, Dwarf Walls and Fences.
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