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Course Description

Turf managers are primarily responsible for the care and maintenance of athletic fields, municipal parks, sod production or golf courses.

Explore species and cultivars of turfgrasses and their establishment, maintenance, nutrition, and soil requirements. Weed, insect and disease identification and management will also be discussed.

Case studies will provide you the opportunity to apply what you are learning to the establishment of a new sports field and management of golf course turf.

This course is primarily designed to help students working in the golf course environment but is also applicable to anyone working in turf management.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the various benefits of maintained turfgrasses
  • Identify various cool-season turfgrass species using a dichotomous key
  • Understand the importance of soils and their role in turfgrass growth and development
  • Identify the benefits of sodding and seeding for establishing turfgrass stands
  • Apply proper management practices including mowing, irrigation, cultivation and fertilization
  • Recognize the environmental impact of fertilization of turfgrass stands

Course Topics

  • The Turfgrass Plant
  • Turfgrass Species and Characteristics
  • Establishment
  • Cultural Practices - Mowing and Cultivation
  • Cultural Practices - Irrigation
  • Fertilization Part I
  • Fertilization Part II
  • Soils and the Turfgrass Rootzone
  • Abiotic Stress
  • Pests
  • Management of Creeping Bentgrass and Annual Bluegrass Greens
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Additional Requirements

  • This course is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course
  • You can expect to spend 8 to 12 hours per week to complete the course content, readings, activities, discussions and assignments.

Turf Management and Weed Management complete an area of focus in Turf Management.

Do not enrol in this course if you have successfully completed Turf Management (310-0008).

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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*Course details are subject to change.


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