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.
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At the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Identify and critically evaluate the key environmental issues that affect the turfgrass industry, both locally and globally.
- Explain how the different types, forms and rates of fertilizer and the timing of fertilizer application affect the quantity and quality of nutrient run-off into the environment.
- Distinguish between the different types, forms and uses of pesticides in turfgrass management.
- Identify how pesticides move within the environment and how to minimize any potential environmental impact.
- Understand the major components of an integrated pest management (IPM) program and what is involved in the IPM accreditation process.
- Identify the significance of fossil fuels and related environmental issues.
- Understand how turfgrass management affects wildlife and wildlife habitat.
- Understand the importance of water and water use efficiency in turfgrass management.
- Research an environmental topic and present the topic to the class.
- Have the necessary tools and knowledge to pass the Ontario Ministry of the Environment pesticide exterminator license exam.
Topics to be covered in lectures include:
- Environmental issues – global, local and turfgrass specific
- Pesticide and fertilizer use, including reducing any potential environmental impact
- Energy use efficiency, including exploring alternative and cleaner energy sources
- Water issues, including irrigation efficiency
- Wildlife and wildlife habitat, including increasing biodiversity and pollinator populations
- Practical application of lecture content
- Fertilizer application and nutrient run-off experiments
- Irrigation audit demonstration, including mathematical calculations
- Assessment of pesticide hazards and risk reduction
- Preparation for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment Pesticide Exterminator License exam
Course Assignments and Tests:
|Assignment or Test||Contribution to Final Mark||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|Fertilizer Lab Report||
|Irrigation Audit Lab Report||10%||1,6|
Integrated Pest Management for Turf. OMAFRA Publication 845
Turfgrass Management Recomendations. OMAFRA Publication 384
For those taking the Pesticide Exterminator's Licence Exam:
Ontario Pesticide Training and Certification: Core Manual - Available from Ridgetown College, University of Guelph. Ordering instructions will be given in class.
Ontario Pesticide Training and Certification: Landscape Module - Available from Ridgetown College, University of Guelph. Ordering instructions will be given in class.
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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- 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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