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Effective: Fall 2012

Advisory: Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in HORT 15 strongly recommended.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Identify common turf grasses.
  • Demonstrate methods of installing a lawn by sodding or seeding.
Description -
Turf identification and planting techniques. Turf maintenance and management practices for golf courses, athletic fields, parks, and areas surrounding commercial buildings and private residences. Examination of soils, irrigation, weeds, diseases and pests as they pertain to turfgrass.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Explain in writing the various important aspects of the turf industry.
  2. Correctly identify common turfgrasses.
  3. Demonstrate practice skills in turf management such as mowing, edging, fertilizing, and pest control.
  4. Correctly identify terms used in turfgrass management.
  5. Demonstrate skills in the methods of installing a turfgrass by sodding or seeding on a practical test.
  6. Recognize the variety of ways turf is utilized by different cultures around the world.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory, greenhouse, and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves and clothing for fieldwork.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to turf management
    1. Career options
    2. Skills requirements
  2. Identification of common and special purpose turfgrasses
    1. Cool season grasses
    2. Warm season grasses
    3. Reduced maintenance grasses
  3. Soil and turf relationships
    1. soil preparation
    2. drainage
  4. Fertilization in turf production
  5. Irrigation systems
  6. Turf preparation
  7. Turf maintenance
    1. mowing, edging
    2. aeration, vertical cutting renovation
    3. top dressing and fertilzation
  8. Turf weed control
  9. Turf installation
    1. Seeding
    2. Sodding
    3. Sprigs
    4. Plugs
  10. Control of pests in turfgrasses
    1. Weed identification and control
    2. Insect identification and control
    3. Disease identification and control
  11. The use of turf from a global perspective
Methods of Evaluation -
Methods of evaluation used for this course will include:
  1. Midterm examination
  2. Term project
  3. Laboratory field work
  4. Final examination
Representative Text(s) -
Christians, Nick, Fundamentals of Turfgrass Management, 3rd ed., New York, NY, Whiley, 2007. (recommended)
Emmons, Robert, Turfgrass Science and Management, Ithaca, NY, Thomsen Learning, 2007. (optional)

Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
Method of Instruction -
Instructional methods to be used in this class will include:
  1. Lectures.
  2. Participate in discussions.
  3. Engage in lab activities.
  4. Guest speakers.
  5. Engage in small group discussions.
  6. Read assigned reading activities.
  7. Perform self-guided research
Lab Content -
Lab content will include:
  1. Identification of turf species.
  2. Turf cultural practices.
    1. Mowing
    2. Fertilization
    3. Aeration
    4. Verticutting
    5. Edging
  3. Turf cultural schedules.
  4. Requirements of turf in special uses.
  5. Turf installation
    1. Seeding a lawn
    2. Sodding a lawn
  6. Pest identification.
    1. Weed identification
    2. Insect identification
    3. Disease identification
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 30-50 pages per week from assigned text. Supplemental reading will be provided in hand-out form or through reference to on-line resources.
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.
  3. Guest speakers from industry will provide supplemental lecture and demonstration.
  4. Writing assignments include:
    1. topical white papers