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Effective: Summer 2017
HORT 52GHORTICULTURAL PRACTICES: TURFGRASS MANAGEMENT3 Unit(s)

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 the various aspects of the turf industry and their importance in the landscape.
  2. Correctly identify common turf grasses.
  3. Correctly identify turf problems and their controls.
  4. Demonstrate practice skills in turf management such as mowing, edging, fertilizing, and pest control.
  5. Demonstrate skills in the methods of installing a turfgrass.
  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 (Lec)
    1. Definition of turf
    2. Uses of turf in the landscape
    3. Issues with turf and turf alternatives
  2. Identification of common and special purpose turf grasses (Lab)
    1. Cool season grasses
    2. Warm season grasses
    3. Reduced maintenance grasses
  3. Control of pests in turf grasses (Lec)
    1. Weed identification and control
    2. Insect identification and control
    3. Disease identification and control
  4. Managing turf (Lec and Lab)
    1. Irrigation systems
    2. Mowing, edging
    3. Aeration, vertical cutting renovation
    4. Top dressing and fertilization
  5. Turf installation (Lec and Lab)
    1. Soil preparation
    2. Drainage
    3. Seeding
    4. Sodding
    5. Sprigs
    6. Plugs
  6. The use of turf from a global perspective (Lec)
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Midterm examination
  2. Term project
  3. Laboratory field work
  4. Final examination
Representative Text(s) -
Christians, Nick. Fundamentals of Turfgrass Management. 4th ed. New York, NY: Whiley, 2011. (recommended)

Although this text is older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, it remains a seminal text in this area of study.

Disciplines -
Ornamental Horticulture
 
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lectures.
  2. Discussions.
  3. Lab activities.
  4. Guest speakers.
  5. Assigned reading activities.
  6. Self-guided research.
 
Lab Content -
  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. Writing assignments include:
    1. Topical white papers
  3. Other:
    1. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.
    2. Guest speakers from industry will provide supplemental lecture and demonstration.