Green Keeping A (Turf Care) Online Course

Green Keeping A (Introduction) Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

When planning a new lawn, or renovating an old one, it is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of different grasses, and why certain grasses are used in preference to others. The intended or actual use (and maintenance) of a particular area is the deciding factor. This course teaches you about the different grasses, the techniques used to establish them and the measures that must be taken to maintain an acceptable surface.

Course Aims:

  • Identify the range of grasses and other species available for turf culture.
  • Explain the management of soils for growing turf.
  • Identify methods for the establishment of turf.
  • Explain the management of problems in turf including weeds, pests and diseases.
  • Explain maintenance practices used in turf management.
  • Plan the development of different turfs used for sport.
  • Develop plans to establish a turfed area.
  • Develop management strategies for the care of established turf.

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    Detailed Course Outline

    This course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

    There are 11 lessons in this course:


    • Benefits of turf.
    • History of Turf.
    • Turf Varieties (Bent, Couch, Buffalo, Fescue, Rye, Carpet grass, Kikuyu, Brome, Bluegrass, Philaris, etc.).
    • Lawn mixes.

    Turf Grass Physiology

    • Morphology, flower, stems, leaves, roots.
    • Other characteristics.
    • How to identify grasses.
    • Plant Keys.
    • Identifying short cuts.

    Turf Establishment

    • Soil preparation.
    • Seeding.
    • Sodding.
    • Stolonizing.
    • Sprigging.
    • Plugging.
    • Chitted Seed.
    • Drainage.
    • Work scheduling.
    • Estimating costs.


    • Understanding soil.
    • Texture.
    • Soil blends.
    • Structure.
    • pH.
    • Buffering capacity.
    • Improving Soils.
    • Choosing soils.
    • Calculating soil quantities.
    • Cation exchange.
    • Plant nutrients.
    • Fertilisers.

    Turf Weed Problems

    • How weeds spread.
    • Non chemical controls.
    • Chemical controls.
    • Chemical safety.

    Turf Pests and Diseases

    • Chemical and non-chemical controls.
    • Common turf health problems (Environmental, Nutrition, Pest, Disease).

    Turf Maintenance Techniques

    • Mowing.
    • Mowers.
    • Length of Cut.
    • Getting a clean cut, pattern of cutting, cutting on slopes, after cutting.
    • Mower safety.
    • Aeration.
    • Coring.
    • Scarification.
    • Spiking.

    Irrigation - An Overview

    • Water loss from soils.
    • Improving water retention.
    • Movement of water in soil.
    • Field capacity.
    • Estimating water needs of turf.
    • Watering turf.
    • When to irrigate
    • Irrigation rate.
    • Types of irrigation.

    Playing Fields and Bowling Greens

    • Gradients and dimensions for different surfaces (ornamental, types of sports etc.).
    • Construction of a playing field.
    • Sand based technology.
    • Golf Courses.
    • Cricket Wickets.

    Managing Established Turf

    • Mowing.
    • Watering.
    • Topdressing.
    • Fertilizing.
    • Weed and Pest control.

    Establishing Ornamental Turf

      • Assessing the site.
      • Developing Plans.
      • Preparing a budget

    When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

    Course Tutor(s)

    Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)

    Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

    We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.