LNDC2220 Turf Culture and Management

This course is designed to give the student a comprehensive knowledge of the many kinds of turf grasses used in the upper Midwest for residential, commercial and athletic areas. Emphasis will also be given to their cultural requirements and specialized turf maintenance equipment.





Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
List career opportunities in turfgrass management
Identify various turf specie that can successfully be used in this area
List strengths and weaknesses of turf types
List turf maintenance requirements
Combine grasses according to site conditions
Draw a plan for locations of turf types for a site
Explain how and why budgets, quality expectations and intended use impact the selection of which grasses to plant in both an initial establishment and a renovation situation
Explain why renovation is necessary
List what nutrients are needed for both establishment and maintenance of various turf areas
List the cost/benefit factors when making purchasing decisions
Discuss why soil texture and structure are critical to turf maintenance and how to factor these in to a maintenance program
Demonstrate a basic understanding of soil science and how it impacts fertilization programs
List the major pests that impact turf in this area
Describe the major pesticides that may be needed for successful turf growth
Discuss the importance of water management, drainage and irrigation
List specialized equipment needed for turf establishment
Identify unique turf problems

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details