How do I learn more about trees and their care?

For those:
  • Working in arboriculture
  • Working in forestry
  • Working in national parks
  • Working in garden
  • Working as a landscaper
This is a great course for anyone with a little knowledge of horticulture; who needs to deepen their understanding of tree care. It develops your ability to manage trees beyond Arboriculture I, in order to minimize potential long term tree problems. Learn about better tree selection, strengthening and improving health of existing trees, and techniques used to better remove trees and stumps that must be removed

 Are you Working with Trees?

This course is designed as 

  • anyone with some basic knowledge or experience in tree care, who wants to learn more; or
  • professional development for people who work as gardeners, landscapers, nurserymen or horticultural manager


There are 7 lessons as follows:

Lesson 1. Planting Techniques

Soil, Water, Climate, Maintenance, Matching a tree to the site, Local regulations, Plant at the right time, Planting techniques, Plant size and age, Container type, Buying a tree, How to plant a tree, Watering method, Transplanting a large tree, Preparing for transplanting, Aftercare, small feature trees, Transplanting deciduous trees, Pruning at planting, Pocket planting, Wattling, Planting on Arid sites, Direct seeding, Spray seeding, trees with berries,

Lesson 2. Controlling Plant Problems

Temperature, Frost, Winds, Acclimatisation, Tree guards, Other Tree Problems (Fire damage, Fire Resistant trees, pollution and toxic reactions, Soil contamination, Treating foliage burn, Soil rehabilitation, Trees to extract soil contaminants, Soil chemical composition, Air pollution and tree growth, pollutant tolerant trees, Pollution intolerant trees, Trees to control Urban air pollution, Dry soils, Symptoms of drought stressed trees, Dry soil tolerant trees, Trees for hot sites, Drainage problems and trees, Wet tolerant trees, Tree health problems, Resistant plant species, Choosing and using pesticides safely, Biological controls of pest and disease, Lifes cycles, Tree termites, Tree injections, Tree nutrition and nutrition management, Fertilisers

Lesson 3. Strengthening Weak Trees

Trimming, Trimming technique, Adverse responses to trimming, thinning, Bracing, temporary props, Modern bracing systems, Bolting, Rodding technique, Guy wires, How strong is dead wood, Cabling

Lesson 4. Controlling Damage Caused by Plants

Tree damage, Tree root problems, trees that can cause problems with drains, Orecautions with drains, Selecting and using trees near drains, Limiting root problems, Root pruning, Trees and the water table (Aquafiers), Trees and power lines, Poisonous trees,

Lesson 5. Tree Felling and Stump Removal

Tree evaluation systems, Calculating tree value, Tree removal, Why remove a tree, Tree felling methods, Axe, Saws, Winches, Chain saw, Controlling the fall, Different methods or removing stumps, Protecting trees, National Tree registers, Measuring tree height, Keeping a work site safe, risk assessment, Duty of care, Costing jobs,

Lesson 6. Tolerant Plant Species

What to plant where, Tree data required, Influence of trees on buildings, Species suitability, Planning considerations, Harsh environments, frost protection, Frost resistant trees, Sun protection, Mulching, Fencing, wind protection, Wind tolerant trees, Soil degradation, Saline tolerant trees, Lime tolerance, Acid tolerance, Hardy trees for inner city, Review of several major genera (Aer, Fraxinus, Pinus, Quercus)

Lesson 7. Establishing a Tree Plantation

Windbreaks, Windbreak design, Choosing windbreak species, Designing tree plantations, Producing drawings to scale.

100 hours


  • Explain how to plant a specified advanced-sized tree on a specific site.
  • Explain tree injection, including the technique and applications.
  • Identify situations where trees require strengthening operations to be carried out.
  • Compare different ways to control roots which invade underground pipes.
  • Calculate the cost of removing a specified tree.
  • Determine appropriate tree species suited to a specific site visited and analysed.
  • Devise a method for removing a tree, including tree felling and stump removal.
  • Analyse specimens of mature trees, from different genera, to detect any patterns in problems occurring in those trees.
  • Develop criteria for the establishment of a tree plantation on a specific site which addresses; site restrictions, cost and function.

How Do You Improve Tree Planting Success?

Successful tree establishment depends on several factors including:

  • Selection of an appropriate site.
  • Preparing the site appropriately.
  • Selecting appropriate species.
  • Planting density.
  • Implementing a weed management program from inception.
  • Meeting correct nutritional needs.
  • Water (in the establishment phase).
  • Pest and Disease (Young trees are more susceptible, so pay particular attention to protecting the newly planted tree).

It is therefore important for research to be carried out before establishing a tree plantation to ensure that all the above factors can be met and that the plantation will have the best possible chance of producing a quality product.




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Phone (UK) 01384 44272, (International) +44 (0) 1384 442752, or

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