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12 Basics You Should Know About Landscape Gardening Apprentices

We will go into the purpose behind taking up and completing apprenticeship in landscape gardening in this article. We will also detail the requirements for taking up landscaping professionally.

What to expect after completing apprenticeship in landscape gardening?

If you look around, you will find many amateur landscapers that take up small time commercial or residential landscaping projects. They are also professionals in their own capacity, however, are not considered as qualified landscape architects.

One needs to undergo an extensive degree program to specialize in landscaping, and post-completion he/she is considered a certified landscape architect qualified to take up any huge commercial or public project. One can also opt for apprenticeship in landscape gardening to qualify for professional certification.

No Easy Task

Please be aware that finishing an apprenticeship in landscape gardening is no easy affair. The landscape apprentice is always a working landscaper and is usually assigned most dirtiest and difficult tasks involved in landscaping. This is to help the apprentice learn about the art from all the perspectives from start till the end.

It is quite normal for an apprentice to be seen digging holes, lifting heavy equipments, indulging in severe physical labor irrespective of weather conditions and handling all types of chemicals on the field. There is no better way for a landscaper to improve his art than getting down to the nitty-gritty of each manual task. He/she must also be efficient in mathematical calculations and possess good eyesight necessary to operate the landscaping machines.


1. The apprenticeship in landscape gardening covers various terrains to gain in depth experience and knowledge.

2. Apprentices are taught the essential distinguishing factors between the commercial, residential and public landscaping.

3. The apprenticeship also covers interior and exterior garden designing and planning.
4. Apprentices are taught the importance and usage of various landscaping equipments and their appropriate application in specific projects.

5. Apprentices are taught in detail about various soil types.

6. They also learn the science behind the plants and trees growth, texture and sizes.

7. They are also acquainted with different methods of pruning, thinning and the varieties of sods.

8. Apprentices are also taught about the legal, environmental and licensing aspects.

9. Apprentices who are preparing to turn landscape architects are taught about the site analysis and surveys.

10. They are also taught about different landscaping software and their application in drawing effective plans. The same is taught with hand too.

11. Apprentices hone their artistic skills by learning how to present the plants in a landscape in a beautiful way.

12. Different view perspectives are also taught to the apprentices.

The Program

Completing an apprenticeship in landscape gardening is a four-year affair and there are several schools all over the world offering such degree programs. Please know that the qualified landscape architects are considered most professionally able people in their field and work on mega projects like designing public gardens, zoos and theme parks. They are often employed by corporate sector also to handle huge commercial landscaping projects.

In most instances, a professional landscaper would have completed his apprenticeship in landscape gardening. In case you are planning to employ a professional landscaper, you must make sure that he is professionally certified and skilled to deliver the desired results. Considering the extensive training that a professional landscaper receives during his/her apprenticeship, he/she will be worth every penny spent.

Beautiful Landscapes: A Necessity for Every House

A house buyer shells out huge sums of money to buy his dream house, doing the interiors, furnishing the house, getting the accessories but is this all enough to complete an abode? How about extending the house décor to its exteriors?

Small efforts to deck up the exteriors can do wonders to glam up a house. And exteriors don’t just mean building a magnificent porch, having an elegant entrance, huge gates or expansive garden areas. Landscaping the open areas will give the much required uplift to the exteriors and rest of the elements will just appear like add-on to the overall outlook of the house. Yes, landscaping Coventryis the buzz word for house owners nowadays.

Artificial Grass Coventry  takes care of all open areas and puts them to best use while also beautifying the entire space. Depending upon the area available and also how a house owner wants to utilize the available space, one can accommodate utilities like parking, drive way, swimming pools, garden areas and green backyards. DTML Landscape is a pioneer in landscaping and has been working around the West Midlands, Warwickshire and Staffordshire regions, offering its expert advice on how to utilize the open areas around a house. Their dedicated professionals offer customized advice to each client after assessing the given area and how landscaping can spruce up the given zone.

Landscaping Coventry is not just necessary for appealing exteriors. The open area around your house – however large or small – can be carved out neatly and put to best use. How about having a manicured backyard and hosting a plush house warming party right in your own premises? Or how about using some elements from garden design Coventry  and having your own kitchen garden in your backyard? Or how about having a cozy green zone for your kids to play right in your backyard?

This all is possible with right advice and expertise. DTML Landscaping has helped many house owners beautify their exteriors. Their expertise lies in doing the walls, fencing, gates, drives, garden pools, decking, turfing and seeding, garden clearance and drainage projects. They can be contacted for free consultation and quotation as well. They have been working on various commercial and residential projects since 2006 and have a reputation among the landscaping professionals.

Three Dependable Landscape Plants for Fast Privacy Screens in Dry Gardens

Many people are rediscovering the joys of staying home and taking ‘staycations’. Your garden can become the perfect place to provide a peaceful sanctuary to escape from the world and unwind. Screen plants can provide privacy in your garden, hide an unsightly area and provide shade. Hopseed Bush, Brush Cherry and Italian Cypress are three shrubs or small trees that are useful for screens, grow fast or are drought tolerant. Some plants have all three qualities!

When creating your backyard paradise these screening shrubs can also help create ‘walls’ to establish separate sections in a garden, so you can create different ‘garden rooms’ in your yard. Two of these are also good for planting in narrow spaces between houses to help block out the world. Try these versatile plants in your Patch of Heaven:

HOPSEED BUSH (Dodonaea viscosa)
USDA Zone: 9-11
Sunset Zone: 7-24
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Moderate to low, drought tolerant

Hop Seed bushes come with leaves in either bright, lime green or dark purple. Both versions have leaves about 4 inches long and 1/2 inch wide and are very shiny on multiple shrubby branches. These drought tolerant shrubs are fast growers to about 10 feet tall and almost as wide. They take full sun to part shade. Once established in the garden (1-2 years) they can survive on rainfall alone.

Hopseed bushes have a growth habit that is a bit airy, with lots of small branches and the long leaves add to the lacy feel. They can be trimmed as hedges or espaliers for a slightly denser effect. These are good for layering to create a full, lush feel in the border. They are perfect for the back of the bed (where the sprinkler won’t reach), along fences or as border screens. In late spring they develop large, papery seed pods, usually light brown, which hang on for weeks and provide a dramatic effect. Although the seed pods break down quickly in the soil, I do not recommend planting these bushes near pools.

USDA Zone: 7 – 9
Sunset Zone: 5 – 24
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Moderate to low

Brush Cherry is another dependable, versatile garden shrub for quick screens and hedges. These shrubs can grow up to 30 feet tall and 10 – 12 feet wide. Although I have seen mature stands of Carolina Laurel grow even taller. They can grow in full sun to part shade. Once established they can survive drought conditions. However, in desert areas they prefer less sun and will appreciate more water during the hottest summer weather.
Brush Cherries have a dense growth habit with lots of branches so they take well to heaving shearing as a hedge and can even be used for topiaries. Left untrimmed, they will still maintain their neat, shrubby shape, but the interior growth will not have leaves. They can also be trained as small multi-trunk trees. New growth is a pretty reddish rusty color in the spring. They get sprays of white flowers followed by clusters of small, bright red cherries. The cherries can stain concrete and make a mess. If you don’t have enough birds in your area to take care of the cherries for you, just trim off the flowers before they set. This will also relieve the plant of the stress of producing seeds.

ITALIAN CYPRESS (Cupressus sempervirens)
USDA Zone: 7 – 9
Sunset Zone: 4 – 24
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Moderate to low, drought tolerant

Italian Cypress trees are a familiar staple in the city, growing along border lines as tall screens. They grow up to 60 feet high on single trunks and are generally 1-2 feet wide but mature plants can be much wider. All cypresses prefer full sun, but will tolerate part shade and can survive on little water once they are established in a year or two.

Italian cypress are perfect shrubs for problem areas. They grow tall but they’re thin, so you can tuck them into narrow spaces. Their trunks will eventually reach about 12 inches around, so your narrow bed should at least be that wide. Their growth habit is sleek and cylindrical, with most of their leaves pointing up. They lose a small amount of needles during they year, but litter is not a big problem with these trees. They do not grow very fast the first year, but they will make up for their lack of growth in the second year. Continually trimming the tops will result in a slightly fatter shrub, but they are fairly care free, needing no trimming.

When you are planning on having your shrubs survive on rainfall, it is best to encourage deep root development early on by soaking your plants every few days instead of sprinkling the topsoil every night. Even established plants appreciate a deep soak during a heat wave, when the weather has been over 100 degrees, or when it has been especially dry and windy.

The Orchid Botanical Garden of Soroa, a Natural and Incomparable Cuban Treasure

For centuries orchids have fascinated the world and are considered by many as the most beautiful flowers, which contrast with the simplicity and its colors.

The Orchid Botanical Garden of Soroa offers a stunning vision of Cuba. There, over 700 species of orchids hanging from the trees provide an unforgettable visual spectacle. It is a National Heritage, located in the Biosphere Reserve of Sierra del Rosario, which is part of the Cordillera de Guaniguanico.

There you will approach to the greatest biodiversity and landscape of Western Cuba. In this area you will find 130 species of orchids in Cuba. They can be seen in the wild, or in shade houses protected from excessive sunlight and air. Among them are included the Chocolate Orchid and Black Orchid.


Also, the garden has 6 000 species of other ornamental plants, trees and flowers that represent the national flora from various countries. The Garden combines ecotourism environmental education for travelers during their Cuba holidays as well as to the locals.

The variety of birds and the richness of the landscape make this Garden a constant place to visit for enthusiastic tourists who love photography. Most wild orchids found in the area are on the trail called Forest to the Sea. This was designed to show areas of high biodiversity in the Guanahacabibes Peninsula of about 100 kilometers long and wide oscillating from 6 to 24 kilometers.

The creation of the garden dates back to 1943 when Tomas Felipe Camacho, a wealthy lawyer from the Canary Islands and a member of the Cuban Orchid Society affiliated with the American Orchid Society and the Eastern Orchid Conference, decided to build a beautiful garden in honor of his daughter.

Camacho was well known for its extensive collection of orchids consisting of approximately 18 000 specimens, including almost all known Dendrobiums, both species and hybrids. For the Garden, Camacho chose a fertile hill of 35 000 square meters in the foothills of the Cordillera de Guaniguanico and he enriched it with a large collection of plants from Asia and the rest of America.

The abundance of water and soft moisture from the mountains soon enabled him to gather more than 25 000 specimens of orchids from over 750 species from distant parts of the world.

It’s currently a productive scientific center at the University of Pinar del Rio and is intended for the preservation and enjoyment of the environment and conservation of Cuban orchids.

At this Orchid Garden detailed studies of the specimen are made to accelerate its propagation through “in vitro” tissue culture and its reintroduction into the wild. New varieties are also obtained by the crossing, and all these activities are used to train new foresters.

Orchids grow in woods where the dense vegetation blocks out the light, or on river banks. For centuries, it was attributed to the exotic plant aphrodisiac properties that influence in men’s sexuality.