LADE415 – Soft Landscaping

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Module code
Module title
Soft Landscaping
The aim of this module is to develop student's knowledge in plant growth requirements, and gain skill in setting out plants, planting from a plan, laying lawns and detailing a garden, and gain competence in instructing and supervising workers on site.
  • SX1703
NZQA Level
Level 4
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Based
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
To develop and apply knowledge of components and processes of plant sciences, in relation to plant growth and health.
Identify plants, and provide instruction and supervise team member in garden preparation, setting out plants to a planting plan on site, planting and transplanting plants and trees.
Understand correct techniques for pruning a range of plant material for health and design effects.
Provide instruction and supervise processes for finishing, detailing and maintaining a garden to specifications.
Provide instruction and supervise laying of lawn and turf as specified in a landscape plan.
-Plant science, plant structure and processes, common NZ soil composition, texture and modification, common NZ garden pests and diseases, signs and symptoms, identification of 15 common NZ garden pests and diseases and their control, sustainable practices, Health and Safety codes of practice.
-Plant care and maintenance, common NZ garden Pest and Disease Identification and treatments, pruning for health, shape and care.
-Plants on site; plant identification (50 plants) plant deliveries and returns, sorting, safe storing, watering, laying out to scale plan.
-Formative and corrective pruning for maintaining plant health, hedge trimming, topiary, and specific design appearance.
-Instruction and supervision techniques.
-Finishing, i.e. mulching, composting, fertilizing, detailing, i.e. staking, tying, and maintaining gardens, i.e. weed control, common residential garden pest and disease control.
-Lawns; preparation for sowing seed and laying turf, maintaining till strike/take of lawn.
-Professional practice attributes: sustainable practices; professional and ethical behaviour; teamwork; accurate record-keeping.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Teaching and learning methods will be face to face delivery including workshops, project based interactive tasks, with group sessions, tutorials, and creation of portfolios of evidence.
Assessment Criteria
Assessment is achievement based. Students need to submit all components within the portfolio and gain a minimum of 50 in each component including carrying out all tasks in a safe manner and to industry standards to pass this module