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AGH 112 - Introduction to Turfgrass Management

Last Date of Approval: Spring 2021

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 45
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This is an introductory course discussing the establishment and maintenance practices used on turfgrasses, including plant classification, plant characteristics, warm and cool season grasses, soils and selection of turfgrasses for a site.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None

Mode(s) of Instruction: Traditional/face-toface

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: ebook/Access Code: $119.99 (charged once per term for all courses that use Cengage Unlimited)

Common Course Assessment(s): None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:

  • Classify different warm and cool season turfgrasses.
  • Compare different plant characteristics.
  • Evaluate and test the condition of the soil.
  • Determine the best turfgrass for a specific site.
  • The history and importance of the turfgrass industry.
  • The skills needed and career opportunities in the turfgrass industry.
  • How plants grow and spread
  • How is turf quality measured
  • The different levels of maintenance needed for different turfgrasses.
  • The different characteristics of warm and cool season grasses.
  • How the turf manager selects the best species and varieties
  • The different components of soil.
  • Important soil characteristics like texture and structure and their effects on plant growth.
  • The most effective methods of soil modification.
  • The different drainage systems used to remove excess water from soil.
  • The principles of soil fertility.
  • Effects of soil pH on plant growth and the materials used to raise or lower the soil pH.
  • Why soil testing is important.
  • How to collect a soil sample and how often soil tests should be done.
  • What is tissue testing.
  • How the turf manager decides what species should be planted on a site.
  • The information found on a seed label.
  • What are the four methods of turfgrass establishment and how should the new planting be cared for until the turf is well established.
  • What nutrients are required by turfgrass plants.
  • Different types of fertilizers and fertilizer programs. 

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