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Landscape Design and Planting Criteria

Course Outline

Landscape plantings harmonize the development with the surrounding natural and human environment. The purpose of this course is to help engineers and architects understand the basic principles of landscape design. The course material provides planting design guidelines for preserving and improving the quality of the visual environment; prescribes standard practices and techniques for planting and initial care of plant materials; and includes guidance for the selection and establishment of turf. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Course Content

The purpose of this course is to provide guidance to the design criteria of landscape plantings and vegetation management. You are required to study the following publications:

Basic Principles of Landscape Design (html)
Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC 3-210-05FA) Design: Landscape Design and Planting Criteria (A DOD publication, 2004 edition, PDF format, 1.4 MB).

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study. Because of the large file size, we recommend that you first save the file to your computer by right clicking the mouse and choosing "Save Target As ...", and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Course Summary

Landscape design is one of the most important aspects in the sustainable development. This course covers the principles of landscape design, attributes of plantings, design process and considerations in addition to planting techniques. The primary goal of better landscape design is to make our world a better place to live.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following web pages:

Landscaping and Landscape Design Resources
Landscape Design Forum - GardenWeb
Landscape Design Software Review 2006
U.S. Green Building Council


Once you finish studying the above course content you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.