This course emphasizes interactions between turfgrass and its environment and how management impacts turfgrass playability and survival. This course addresses management of turfgrasses in highly managed areas of golf courses, sports fields and lawns. Students learn the principles of plant nutrition and the technologies and methods of proper fertilization. This course specifically addresses rootzone management and remediation of poor rootzones.
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Upon completion of this course the student should understand turfgrass management for golf, sports fields, sod production and home lawns, specifically in the area of root zone management. The course will emphasize fertility, thatch management, and environmental impact of turfgrass management.
After the completion of the course students will:
- Have a firm understanding of how plants, root zones, and management impact ecology and use of managed turfgrass ecosystems
- Synthesize knowledge from previous courses about biology, soils, and management into a comprehensive understanding of management plans
- Critically analyze new information in the field of turfgrass management within the context of scientific knowledge
- Identify the mechanisms of release of different fertilizer technologies and incorporate them into a fertility management program for turfgrass systems
- Communicate clearly and concisely regarding management and use of turfgrass ecosystems.
- Review turfgrass anatomy and species selection
- Review soils knowledge specific to turfgrass management
- Review the practices performed to manage turfgrasses
- Goals of fertilization
- Determining nutrient needs
- Understanding fertilizer technologies and strategies
- Choosing rootzones and water management
- Establishment techniques
- Sports field management
- Fine turf management
Topics to be covered in labs inculde:
- Plant nutrition and soil type
- Rootzones: USGA Vs. California Greens, Germination Study
- Turf Walk About
- Synthetic Turf Maintenance
- Fertilizer Types and SGN
- Nitrogen Uptake
- Harvest Nutrition and Rootzone
- Turf ID/Share Data from Harvest
- Problem Solving
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Labs and Lab Activities
It is highly recommended that the student acquire one of many available textbooks for turfgrass management to use as a resource throughout the course.
Throughout the semester links to industry articles and online resources will be provided to supplement lecture and lab content. These readings will be accessible through CourseLink.
Occasionally the lab section may meet at the GTI or at a local golf course. All of these places are accessible by walking from campus and have parking available.
Students may wish to use a personal hand lens for turfgrass identification.
Turning In Assignments:
Assignments are to be turned in electronically through CourseLink. Assignments sent to the instructors @uoguelph.ca account will not be graded unless specifically authorized! All assignments should be WORD documents (others will be accepted with pre-authorization) and the document will follow the following form for titling: lastname_firstinitial-review1.doc (Lyons_E-review-1), without opening the document the instructor should be able to identify the student and assignment.
Policy on Late Assignments:
All assignments are due at 5 pm on Friday in the week that they are listed as due in the Course Outline. For each business day they are late, 20% will be subtracted from the mark earned on the assignment. The deadline of each day is 5pm.
Missed Exams and Activities:
All exams that must be missed for professional development, religious or personal reasons must be scheduled and taken BEFORE the exam time scheduled in the syllabus. If emergencies or medical reasons arise please contact the instructor BEFORE the exam and the exam may be made up after the exam time with proper documentation
Course Policy on Group Work:
Students will be asked to work together in the lab section of the course and share data with others in their group and the class. While collaboration on lab assignments is encouraged students are reminded to turn in their own work. Each member of the group will turn in a different final product.
Course Policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of lectures:
In order to facilitate free and open dialog during the course electronic recording of classes is expressly forbidden without consent of the instructor. When recordings are permitted they are solely for the use of the authorized student and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the instructor.
Other Course Information:
When you find yourself unable to meet an in-course requirement because of illness or compassionate reasons, please advise the course instructor in writing, with your name, id#, and e-mail contact. See the academic calendar for information on regulations and procedures for Academic Consideration:
- For Graduate Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/graduate/2018-2019/genreg/sec_d0e2182.shtml
- For Undergraduate Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/undergraduate/current/c08/c08-ac.shtml
- For Diploma Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/diploma/current/c08/c08-ac.shtml
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- For Graduate Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/graduate/2018-2019/genreg/sec_d0e2632.shtml
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