Take the uncertainty out of managing turf for a successful career in landscape gardening or to build a profitable business in the turf industry with this turf care course.
Certificate of Turf Care is an online professional development course that will provide you with the basics in turf grass varieties, soil management, cultivation techniques and irrigation.
Throughout this turf care course, you will learn to plant, establish, maintain and repair lawns for various establishments, including homes, golf courses, sports grounds, bowls clubs.
On completion of this course, you will feel confident to plant, establish and maintain quality lawns and sports turf.
Unit - Turf Care
Unit 1 – Introduction – Turf Varieties
The benefits of turf
History of turf
List of turf varieties
What to grow where
Important lesson notes
Turf varieties reports
How to lay out your turf variety report
Unit 2 – Turf Grass Physiology
How to grow turf
Structure (Morphology) of a Typical Grass
Spotting Other Characteristics
Turf grass roots
Root: Shoot Ratio
Ways to identify grasses
Identification Key to selected Common Turf Grasses
Description of major warm season lawn grasses
Unit 3 – Turf Establishment
Establishing turf grasses
Work sheet – planning a work schedule
Project component estimate form
Materials and equipment costs
Insurance costs and wages
Unit 4 – Soils
Types of areas do you need to buy in soil
What type of soil do you need?
Calculating soil quantities
Cation exchange capacity
The nutrient elements
Improving soil permeability during garden construction
Improving surface drainage after construction
Layout of drains
Types of drains
Unit 5 – Turf Weed Problems
How are weeds spread?
Non–chemical control methods
Herbicide use in turf
Spraying at the recommended concentration
Always read the label!
How poisonous is it?
Examples of commercial formulations
Domestic range of herbicides
Unit 6 – Turf Pests & Diseases
Turf health problems
Non-parasitic problems in turf
A review of chemicals – pesticides
Sprayer maintenance and cleaning
Domestic lawn care program
Common environmental problems in turf
Unit 7 – Turf Maintenance Techniques
Length of cut
Getting a clean cut
To catch or not to catch
Direction of cut or pattern of cutting
What about cutting steep slopes?
What to do with lawn clippings?
After mowing care
What to wear
Other safety considerations
Other turf maintenance techniques
Golden rules of laying instant turf
Unit 8 – Irrigation – An Overview
Water and plant growth
Water loss from soils
Improving water retention
The movement of soil water
Types of soil water
Estimating water needs of turf
Cool climate grasses
When to irrigate
Maintaining appropriate water levels
Rate of watering
Period of watering
Conventional sprinkler systems
Methods of driving rotating head sprinklers
Irrigation system design considerations
Sprinkler performance in irrigation system designs
Electric automatic systems
Unit 9 – Playing Fields & Bowling Greens
Gradients and dimensions for sporting facilities
Dimensions for athletics fields
Dimensions for various sporting fields
Gradients of playing fields
Construction procedure for a playing field
General specifications for golf course preparation
Course preparation for the Australian open golf championship
Cricket wicket table construction
Laying a turf wicket
Maintenance and repair of turf wickets
Marking a wicket
Treatment after play
Unit 10 – Managing Established Turf
Golf course care and maintenance
Changing pins and tee markers
Quick guide for a fertiliser program
Fertilising greens and tees
Weeds and pest and disease control
Unit 11 – Establishing Ornamental Turf
Shade and establishment
Planning for the environment with golf courses
An environmental audit
Inclusions for an environmental audit
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
The content is full and easy to follow. The questions in assessments are relatable to content learnt through lessons and provide a good challenge to remain engaged and motivated.
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