Australian Native Trees

Course CodeVHT115
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

LEARN AUSTRALIAN NATIVE TREES

Become an expert on Australian Native Trees by enrolling now.

  • Learn to select the right tree for the right location saving you money
  • Learn to propagate your own trees and save more money
  • Essential for any arboriculturalist, regenerators, horticulturalist and those with a general interest.
  • Study from home: saving you hassle, time and money

This course first teaches you about different types of Australian flora, plant identification, information sources, planting, feeding, soils, pests & diseases, watering, propagation and transplanting, selected varieties of trees, windbreak planting, agroforestry, tree maintenance and tree selection.

Knowing about trees is vital for any Horticultural career. Get to know them and you will understand what to plant where even better, and in a way that is harmonious to the natural landscape of Australia.

  • This course first teaches you about different types of Australian flora, plant identification, information sources, planting, feeding, soils, pests and diseases, watering, propagation and transplanting.

    The remaining lessons then deal with selected varieties of trees, windbreak planting, agroforestry, tree maintenance and tree selection.  TREE IDENTIFICATION is the foundation of good tree care -and this course works hard to build your ability to identify different species.

     

  • Lesson Structure

    There are 8 lessons in this course:

    1. Introduction
      • Review of the system of plant identification, general characteristics of native trees, information contacts (ie: nurseries, seed, clubs, etc.)
    2. Culture
      • Planting, Establishing techniques, Soils, Feeding, Watering, Pest & Disease control etc.
    3. Propagation
      • Seed Propagation, Propagation of Eucalypts and Acacias, How To Collect Native Tree, Seed, How To Germinate Native Tree & Shrub Seed, etc.
    4. Important groups of native trees (excluding Eucalypts)
      • Review of more than 100 genera, special study of the Acacias.
    5. More Important Groups
      • Eucalyptus, Other particularly hardy & fast growing genera, Diagnosing Tree Problems, Introduction to Tree Surgery.
    6. Other Varieties
      • Native Conifers, Rainforest Trees, etc.
    7. Making The Best Use of Native Trees
      • Landscape applications, Biological Control of Pest & Disease, Cut Flowers, Firewood, Timber, etc.
    8. Special Assignment (on one selected plant or group).

    Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

    Aims

    • To identify Australian Native Trees
    • To describe the culture of Australian Native Trees.
    • To propagate Australian Native Trees
    • Compare characteristics and cultural requirements of different commonly grown species of Australian Native Trees.
    • Compare characteristics and cultural requirements of conifer and rainforest species of Australian Native Trees.
    • Describe a range of uses for Australian native trees.
    • Study one type of Australian Native Tree in depth.

    Tips for Pruning Australian Trees

     

     

    • Australian Native trees are best pruned when they are young so as to establish well balanced forms which will be strong when they reach maturity. For many trees there should be one main stem/trunk with other major branches coming off that, and for others, the habit may involve multi-trunks. Be sure you know the appropriate growth habit for the tree you are pruning.
    • Branching should not be at narrow (ie: sharp) angles. When two branches join at a sharp angle, the join is a weak union and there is a greater likelihood that a split will develop at some stage in the future, resulting in one branch falling. (If this type of forking is seen on an established tree, then one side of the tree should be removed. Even if this looks unattractive in the short term, it will grow back into balance and the tree will be much stronger for the operation).
    • When a branch is cut from a tree, the cut should be made along a very precise line to minimize the chance of wood rots developing.
    • Avoid heavy pruning of Eucalypts. Pruning stimulates dormant buds (ie. epicormic buds) to shoot; these shoots grow quickly but are only weakly attached to the main trunk or branches. They can eventually become a problem (ie. falling branches).

     

    FREQUENT QUESTIONS

    Why Choose This Course

    • Unique course materials (developed by our staff) and more current than some colleges (many reviewed annually); as a result, ACS graduates can be more up to date.
    • We work hard to help you understand and remember it, develop an ability to apply it in the real world, and build networks with others who work in this field (It’s more than just serving up a collection of information –if all you want is information, buy a book; but if you want an education, that takes learning to a whole new level).
    • Start whenever you want, study at your own pace, study anywhere
    • Don’t waste time and money traveling classes
    • We provide more choices–courses are written to allow you more options to focus on parts of the subject that are of more interest to you; a huge range of elective subjects are offered that don’t exist elsewhere.
    • Tutors are accessible (more than elsewhere) – academics work in both the UK and Australia, 5 days a week, 16 hours a day. Answering emails and phone calls from students are top priority.
    • We treat students as individuals –don’t get lost in a crowd. Our tutors communicate with you one to one.
    • Extra help at no extra cost if needed. When you find something you cannot do, we help you through it or will provide another option.
    • Support after you finish a course –We can advise about getting work, starting  business, writing a CV, etc. We can promote students and their businesses through our extensive profile on the internet. Graduates who ask will be helped.
    • Support from a team of a dozen professional horticulturists, living in different parts of the UK, and in both temperate and tropical climate zones of Australia.

    About ACS

    ACS was started in 1979 by John Mason, who at the time was a gardening author, horticultural consultant and lecturer in horticulture at several colleges across Melbourne (in Australia).  Over the summer that year John discovered that there were thousands of applicants going to be turned away from horticulture courses at Burnley Horticultural College (now Melbourne University). There were simply too few courses being offered for the number of people wanting to study horticulture in Australia. This situation prompted a move to establish a correspondence course at Burnley; but after months of unsuccessful lobbying for support from government; John wrote a course, and with help from a colleague at Council of Adult Education, marketed it.

    Standards were originally set in line with what were seen to be the standards of Australia's top horticultural college; and over the years, those standards have never been reduced. This makes our courses longer and more demanding than some other colleges; but it has also led to us building a credibility that stands tall in the horticulture industry across the world. 

    In the early 1990's John started visiting the UK and becoming involved with the horticulture industry there. Around the mid 1990's ACS began offering RHS courses, and in 2003, John was formally recognised for his contribution to British Horticulture by being made a fellow of the Institute of Horticulture. ACS, as a school, established an office and staff in the UK in 2001, and has expanded considerably since then. Today it is formally affiliated with five other colleges in the UK (including Warwickshire College); all of who license and deliver ACS courses. 

    A team of leading horticulturists work for the school's horticulture department, including 12 faculty members in both the UK and Australia

     

    How You Study

    • As soon as you enroll, we send an email to explain it all.
    • We direct you to a short orientation video (downloadable over the internet) to watch, where our principal introduces you to how the course works, and how you can access all sorts of support services
    • You are either given a code to access your course online, or sent out a CD or course materials through the mail (or by courier).
    • Work through lessons one by one, each lesson typically having four parts:
      • An aim -which tells you what you should be achieving in the lesson
      • Reading -notes written and regularly revised by our academic staff
      • Set Task(s) -These are practicals, research or other experiential learning tasks that strengthen and add to what you have been reading
      • Assignment -By answering questions, submitting them to a tutor, then getting feedback from the tutor, you confirm that you are on the right track, but more than that, you are guided to consider what you have been studying in different ways, broadening your perspective and reinforcing what you are learning about
      • Other - Your work in a course rarely stops at just the above four parts. Different courses and different students will need further learning experiences. Your set task or assignment may lead to other things, interacting with tutors or people in industry, reviewing additional reference materials or something else. We treat every student as an individual and supplement their learning needs as the occasion requires.
    • We provide access to and encourage you to use a range of supplementary services including an online student room, including online library; student bookshop, newsletters, social media etc.
    • We provide a "student manual", that is a quick solution to most problems that might occur

    Recognition

    • ACS has a highly respected international profile: by employers and academics alike. People are more aware of us than many other distance education schools –just do a search for “horticulture distance education courses” and see what comes up on the internet; or search for ACS Distance education on Facebook or Linked in, and see how many connections we have compared to other colleges.
    • Recognised by International Accreditation and Recognition Council
    • ACS has been educating people around the world since 1979
    • Over 100,000 have now studied ACS courses, across more than 150 countries
    • Formal affiliations with colleges in five countries
    • A faculty of over 40 internationally renowned academics –books written by our staff used by universities and colleges around the world.

    Extra Books or Reference Materials

    • The course provides you with everything that you need to complete it successfully.
    • Assignments may ask you to look for extra information (eg. by contacting nurseries, visiting gardens or searching the internet), but our school's resources and tutors are always available as a back up. If you hit a "roadblock", we can quickly send you additional information or provide expert advice over the phone or email; to keep you moving in your studies.
    • Some students choose to buy additional references, to take their learning beyond what is essential for the course. If a student wants to buy books, we operate an online bookshop offering ebooks written by staff at the school. Student discounts are available if you are studying with us. The range of e books available is being expanded rapidly, with at least one new ebook being written and published by our staff every month. See www.acsebook.com

     

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