Learn about all aspects of turf culture and management. This intensive month-long professional development program has built a reputation as the most successful and highly-valued turf managers' short course in Canada.
The program is designed for a wide variety of turf industry professionals, including sports turf managers and operators, nursery sod producers, golf course superintendents, equipment operators and turf/greens crews, and residential/commercial turf care professionals.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Identify and understand the physical, chemical and hydrologic characteristics of soils, know how they affect turf health, and apply this knowledge to develop sustainable turfgrass management programs for natural and constructed soil turf situations.
- Identify cool-season turfgrass species and describe their characteristics as they relate to potential success in different growing environments.
- Describe the concept of integrated pest management (IPM) and identify the key fundamentals of an IPM program, such as biology and identification of important turfgrass pests (insects, diseases and weeds) and how turfgrasses interact with the greater landscape.
- Illustrate how the integration of management practices—including cultural, physical, biological and chemical—can be successfully used to manage pests and other issues on turfgrass stands in a sustainable manner.
- Understand how to access and interpret turfgrass agronomic information.
- Integrate diverse information from the various sections of the course to design a strategy/plan of action to address real-life turf management issues (as demonstrated by problem-solving a series of case studies).
- Analyze all turf management practices (e.g., irrigation, drainage, and use and maintenance of equipment) and inputs (i.e., mowing, fertilization, irrigation and pest management) and choose the most environmentally sustainable practices while maintaining turf quality.
- Understand the importance of communication, professionalism and ethics utilized within the turfgrass industry.
The following topics are discussed in detail:
- turfgrass identification
- turfgrass management
- integrated pest management (IPM)
- weed identification
- weed management
- construction and drainage
- landscape management
Assignments, in-class tests and final exams.
The Turf Managers' Short course is accredited by the following associations:
- Canadian Golf Superintendents Association
- Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
- IPM Council of Canada
If you would like additional information about this course, please email our main office or phone us at 519-767-5000.
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Ontario Agricultural College and the Guelph Turfgrass Institute