The course covers cultural management of turfgrasses used for different sectors of the turfgrass industry including: home lawns, industrial sites, roadsides, athletic fields, municipal sites, golf courses, and reclamation of land. Students in the course learn to properly identify cool season turfgrass species. Students are also introduced to the scientific method and will gain planning and organizational skills through the development of an independent experiment during the lab session.
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At the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Explain uses of turfgrass, both historical and current
- Identify the general benefits of turfgrass
- Recall details of the economic importance of managed turfgrass systems
- Explain general turfgrass biology and morphology, and how it affects turfgrass management systems
- Differentiate warm season and cool season turfgrass species characteristics
- Identify the major cool season turfgrass species by sight.
- Summarize the adaptations (strengths and weaknesses) of turfgrass species and differentiate among optimal species, cultivars, blends and mixtures for different edaphic and climatic situations and usage patterns
- Explain the basic steps involved in successfully establishing turfgrass systems from seed (including sod production systems) and from sod.
- Explain the basic equipment and material and its use for primary turfgrass cultural management practices: fertility, mowing and irrigation.
- In the course of the lab project, students will learn to plan, execute, keep records and report on all aspects of turfgrass management
Topics to be covered in lectures include:
- Use of turfgrass for home lawns, industrial sites, roadsides, athletic fields, municipal sites, golf courses and reclamation of land
- Growth and development of turfgrasses
- Identification and characteristics of turfgrass species and cultivars
- Climatic and edaphic adaptation
- Turfgrass mixtures and blends and their uses
- Establishment techniques: seeding, sodding, etc.
Topics to be covered in labs include:
- Growth and development of turfgrasses; identification and characteristics of turfgrass species and cultivars
- Lab project: group project on managing turf with emphasis on decision making, record keeping, and reporting of all aspects of managing turf (in the greenhouse)
The two lab topics overlap in time: the turfgrass biology/ID portion goes from the start of the semester until about week 7, and the lab project will begin in week 3 and run until the end of the semester.
Course Assignments and Tests:
|Assignment or Test||Contribution to Final Mark||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
Turfgrass Sight Identification Test
Lab Project Report
Lab Project Presentation
There is no required text for the course.
Lab materials will be distributed during labs and available online at the course website.
Lecture notes, handouts, assignments, other resources will be available on course website at:
Midterm and final exams are in-class closed book exams as scheduled. Lab quizzes are at 9:00am on Tuesday in the scheduled lab.
Written assignments (case study and lab project report) are due at midnight on the due date; preferred submission is by email, but hard-copies may be submitted to instructor or to an appropriate dropbox as designated. Late submissions will be docked 5% per day unless academic consideration has been granted.
Course Policy on Group Work:
Course Policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of lectures:
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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