Dec 03, 2022
AGH 112 - Introduction to Turfgrass Management
Last Date of Approval: Spring 2021
Total Lecture Hours: 45
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0
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.
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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