DTM*2600 Turf Environmental Management

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The following description is for the course offering in Winter 2022 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.

This course covers the many environmental issues encountered by professional turfgrass managers in golf, sports and lawn turfgrass operations.  The course addresses regulatory issues, waste management, environmental protection and monitoring, including both the turf and non-turf elements of the landscape. The course is designed to prepare students for landscape applicator license exams in a number of jurisdictions.


Teaching Assistant:

Credit Weight:


Course Level:

  • Diploma

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture



Semester Offering:

  • Winter

Class Schedule and Location:

Please refer to WebAdvisor for class schedule and location.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this course, students should be able to:
1. Identify, understand and critically evaluate the key global issues that affect the environment and how they relate to managing local golf courses, sod farms, sports fields, municipal parks and home lawns.
2. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of pesticide, fertilizer, water, fossil fuel and wildlife in a turfgrass maintenance setting.
3. Understand the need for balance between turfgrass maintenance practices and their potential environmental impact through lectures, readings and practical laboratory demonstrations. 
4. Demonstrate the ability to comprehend and critically evaluate literature through reading and reporting on a seminal environmental text.
5. Accurately analyse, interpret and discuss experimental data through the collection and evaluation of laboratory findings. 

Lecture Content:

Topics to be covered in lectures include:

 Lecture topics include: global environmental issues and their relation to local turfgrass management; pesticide, fertilizer and water management reduction strategies; Integrated Pest Management for turfgrass; wildlife habitat and biodiversity conservation; and guest lectures from industry professionals.

Labs & Seminars:

  January 06. Video presentation

January 13. Supplemental lecture

January 20.  Understanding pesticides labels

January 27. Pesticide application and movement (group 1)

February 03. Pesticide application and movement (group 2)

February 10. Fertilizer leaching lab setup

February 24.  Fertilizer leachate collection 1

March 02.  Fertilizer leachate collection 2

March 09.  Fertilizer leachate collection 3

March 16.  Irrigation audit demonstration (group 1)

March 23.  Irrigation audit demonstration (group 1)

March 30. TBA



Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test Contribution to Final Mark Learning Outcomes Assessed

In-lab Assignment

15% 1, 2
Book Review


1, 4

Pesticide Movement Lab Report

15% 1, 2, 3, 5

Midterm Exam

15% 1, 2, 3

Fertilizer Leaching Lab Report

20% 1, 2, 3, 5
Irrigation Audit Lab Report


1, 2, 3, 5

Final examination

20% 1, 2, 3

Final examination:

Please refer to Web Advisor for exam schedule and location.

Course Resources:

Required Texts:


Recommended Texts:
  1. Integrated Pest Management for Turf. OMAFRA Publication 845
  2. Turfgrass Management Recomendations. OMAFRA Publication 384

For those taking the Pesticide Exterminator's Licence Exam:

  1. Ontario Pesticide Training and Certification: Core Manual - Available from Ridgetown College, University of Guelph. Ordering instructions will be given in class.
  2. Ontario Pesticide Training and Certification: Landscape Module - Available from Ridgetown College, University of Guelph. Ordering instructions will be given in class.
Lab Manual:

Not applicable.

Other Resources:

Not applicable.

Field Trips:

Not applicable.

Additional Costs:

Not applicable.

Course Policies:

Grading Policies:

Late assignments will be docked 10% per day.  Assignments will not be accepted after they have been taken-up in class unless academic consideration has been granted.

Lab reports must be submitted on CourseLink. E-mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Course Policy on Group Work:

Students may work in groups during the lab period but reports/assignments must be submitted by each individual student.

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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