HORT*2450 Introduction to Turfgrass Science

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The following description is for the course offering in Fall 2018 and is subject to change. It is provided for information only. The course outline distributed to the class at the beginning of the semester describes the course content and delivery, and defines the methods and criteria to be used in establishing the final grades for the course.
 

The biology, ecology, adaptation, and uses of cool-season and warm-season turfgrass species and cultivars will be introduced. Topics will include the identification and life strategies of different turfgrass species, principles of reproduction and techniques for establishment of turfgrass by seeding, sprigging and sodding. The ecology of management including mowing, irrigation, cultivation, mineral nutrition, repair and renovation, and management of stresses (thatch, weeds, insects, disease) will be covered. The turfgrass industry will be introduced, including application of ecological principles to athletic field management, sod production, golf course management, and professional lawn care.

Pre-Requisite(s): BIOL*1040 or [BIOL*1090, (1 of BIOL*1050, BIOL*1070, BIOL*1080)]

Restriction(s): HORT*3220

Instructors:

Teaching Assistant:

Corey Flude

Credit Weight:

0.50

Course Level:

  • Undergraduate

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture

Campus:

Guelph

Semester Offering:

  • Fall

Class Schedule and Location:

Please refer to Web Advisor for class schedule and location.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Have a firm understanding of how plants, root zones, and management impact ecology and use of managed turfgrass ecosystems.

  2. Be able to synthesize knowledge from previous courses about biology, soils, and management into an understanding of turfgrass management.

  3. Be able to critically analyze new information in the field of turfgrass science within the context of scientific knowledge.

  4. Be able to identify the mechanisms of release of different fertilizer technologies and incorporate them into a fertility management program for turfgrass systems.

  5. Have the ability to communicate clearly and concisely regarding management and use of turfgrass ecosystems.

Lecture Content:

Topics to be covered in lectures include:

  • Turfgrass Renovation / Species

  • Soils and Constructed Rootzones, Mowing and Mowers

  • Water Management
  • Testing Fertility, Plant Nutrition/Fertilizer Types
  • Fertilizer Labels/Fertilizer Methods
  • Fertilization Planning
  • Fertilization Planning/ Review (Student Led)
  • Thatch Management
  • Cultivation Methods/Sod Production
  • Sports Field Management
  • Golf Green Management/Renovation
  • Sod vs. Seed/Seed Production
  • Winter Survival/Heat and Drought Survival
Labs & Seminars:

Topics to be covered in labs include:

  • Turf Walk About
  • Plant Nutrition and Soil Type
  • Rootzones: USGA Vs. California Greens, Germination Lab
  • Synthetic turf Maintenance
  • Fertilizer Types and SGN
  • Nitrogen Uptake
  • Harvest Nutrition and Rootzone Labs
  • Turf ID / Share Data from Harvest
  • Problem Solving

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test
Contribution to Final Mark
 

Article Reviews

10%

 

Instruction Manual or Special Topic

5%

 

Labs and Lab Activities

25%  

Midterm

25%  

Final Exam

35%

 

Final examination:

Please refer to Web Advisor for exam schedule and location.

Course Resources:

Required Texts:

N/A

Recommended Texts:

It is highly recommended that the student acquire one of many available textbooks for turfgrass management to use as a resource throughout the course

Other Resources:

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.

Field Trips:

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.

Additional Costs:

Students may wish to use a personal hand lens for turfgrass identification.

Course Policies:

Turning In Assignments:

Assignments are to be turned in electronically through CourseLink. Assignments sent to the instructor's @uoguelph.ca account will not be graded unless specifically authorized! All assignments should be PDF 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 5pm 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.

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