Learn to diagnose and treat problems efficiently on:
- Golf and Bowling Greens, Playing Fields, Parks
- Home lawns, Public Parks, Commercial sites
A course specifically designed for people working with turf such as green keepers, gardeners, managers of sports turf facilities.
- Compare the characteristics of different turfs with reference to hardiness, pest & disease resistance, tolerance to play, suitability for different applications, etc
- Explain different turf problems (including; soil problems, pest & disease weed, environmental, etc)
- Explain the effect of various adverse situations on the physiology of turf plants. Carry out turf consultancy, conducting site inspections and giving appropriate recommendations.
- Develop solutions for the repair of damaged turf.
- Identify the cause of deteriorating condition in a selected turf
- Explain different repair techniques for control of problems identified.
- Compare different solutions for the problem identified.
- Develop turf renovation programs for different types of turf facilities
- Compare renovation programs for different turf facilities
- Identify when renovation becomes economically prudent for different facilities and lots more!
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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 10 lessons in this course:
Understanding Turf Deterioration
- Inspecting Deteriorated Turf
- Using Checklists
- Report Forms
- The Effect of Traffic on Turf; wear and tear, soil compaction, environment, varieties, traffic control
- Turf Quality
- Factors affecting visual quality
- Factors affecting functional quality
Repair and Renovation Equipment
- Scope of Equipment
- Machines that Penetrate the soil
- Aerators; hollow tine, solid tine, drills, scoop tines
- Air injectors
- Slicing machines
- Thatch Removal Scarifiers
- Sod Cutters
- Tool Maintenance
- Tractors; clutch, transmission, PTO, differential, etc
- Tractor Safety
- Calibrating Sprayers
Turf Cultivation Techniques
- What is Cultivation
- Soil Damage
- Thatch Build Up
- Salt or Toxin Accumulation
- Impermeable Surfaces
- Drainage and Aeration Management
- Tree Roots competing with Turf
- Using Forks, Hoes, Rotary Hoes
Health Improvement Techniques
- Minimizing Problems
- Understanding what can go Wrong in Turf
- Assessing Problems
- Conducting an Inspection
- Tell Tale Symptoms
- Problems that are Difficult to Diagnose
- Common Turf Pests and Dealing with them
- Common Turf Diseases and Dealing with the,
- Irrigation and Soils
- Operation of Watering Systems
- Sprinkler Spacing
- Designing for Best Sprinkler Performance
- Feeding Turf
Optimizing Turf Usage
- Turf Use, type of use, quantity of use
- Turf Friendly Footwear
- Machinery Damage
- Minimizing Damage
- Preparing for Use
Replacing Damaged Turf
- Problems and Solutions
- Turf Repair
- Turf Wickets
- Planting Turf; topdressing, sprigging, sodding, plugging, stolonising, chitted seed
- Ploughs, Cultivators, Scarifiers
Renovation of Degraded Turf
- Golf Course Renovation, topdressing, changing pins and tees, feeding, soil ameliorants, greens and tees
- Weed Control
- Insect and Disease Control
- Dealing with Snow Problems
Eradicating Turf Weeds
- Where and Why Weeds are a Problem in Turf
- Weeds in Seed Beds
- Weeds in New or Established Turf
- Where do Weeds Come From
- General Weed Control
- Ways to Control Weeds; suffocation, burning, cultivation, changing pH, biological control, chemicals
- Weed Dispersal Mechanisms
- Review of Common Turf Weeds
Treating Aeration and Drainage Problems
- Soil compaction, what it is, solutions, etc.
- Improving surface drainage
- Improving Water Infiltration
- Sub Surface Drains; layout, outlets, gradients, depth of drain, laying the drain
- Soil Degradation; erosion, Loss of soil fertility, Salinity, Soil acidification, Build up of dangerous chemicals.
Managing a Turf Nursery
- Types of Turf Nursery
- Growing a Sod Crop
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.
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.