TURF CARE – Distance Learning Course
ACS Distance Education
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Turf Care course covering turf physiology, turf establishment, understanding soil texture, plant nutrients and more. There are eleven lessons as follows:
Introduction - Benefits of turf, History of Turf, Turf Varieties (Bent, Couch, Buffalo, Fescues, Rye, Carpet grass, Kikuyu, Brome, Bluegrass, Philaris, etc), Lawn mixes
Turf Grass Physiology -Morphology, flower, stems, leaves, roots, Other characteristics, How to identify grasses, Plant Keys, Identifying short cuts, etc.
Turf Establishment -Soil preparation, Seeding, Sodding, Stolonizing, Sprigging, Plugging, Chitted Seed, Drainage, Work scheduling, Estimating costs.
Soils -Understanding soil, Texture, Soil blends, Structure, pH, Buffering capacity, Improving Soils, Choosing soils, Calculating soil quantities, Cation exchange, Plant nutrients, Fertilisers, etc.
Turf Weed Problems -How weeds spread, Non chemical controls, Chemical controls, chemical safety
Turf Pests & Diseases -Chemical and non chemical controls, Common turf health problems (Environmental, Nutrition, Pest, Disease)
Turf Maintenance Techniques - Mowing, Mowers, Length of Cut, Getting a clean cut, pattern of cutting, cutting on slopes, after cutting, Mower safety, Aeration, Coring, Scarification, Spiking, etc.
Irrigation - An Overview : Water loss from soils, Improving water retention, Movement of water in soil, Field capacity, Estimating water needs of turf, Watering turf, When to irrigate, Irrigation rate, Types of irrigation, etc.
Playing Fields & Bowling Greens -Gradients and dimensios for different surfaces (ornamental, types of sports etc), Construction of a playing field, Sand based technology, Golf Courses, Cricket Wickets, etc.
Managing Established Turf - Mowing, Watering, Topdressing, Fertilizing, Weed and Pest control.
Establishing Ornamental Turf -Assessing the site, Developing Plans, Preparing a budget, etc
Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/General-Horticulture/TURF-CARE-BHT104-81.aspx
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