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Class Schedule | 2008 Fall Semester

A) Classes offered in Fall

HORT 270 Introduction to Turfgrass Science (Lecture and Laboratory) (2-2)

  • Course Description:  An introduction to turfgrass history, benefits, and use is discussed.  Growth and development of various turfgrass species and their culture, including pest and disease management are studied.  All Hort majors are required to take this class.
  • Course Objectives:  After completing this course, the learner will be able to:
  1. Describe the different uses of turfgrasses and the factors that are used to characterize the quality of a turfgrass.
  2. Discuss the pros and cons of bentgrass, bluegrass, fescue, ryegrass, bermudagrass, centipedegrass, zoysiagrass, St. Augustinegrass, bahiagrass, buffalograss, and carpetgrass.
  3. Describe the cultural practices required to establish and maintain each of the above species of turf.
  4. Identify each species using their respective morphological characteristics and to describe the germination process of a seed.
  5. Answer the four main turf questions:  A) What kind of grass should I plant? B) What type of fertilizer should I use and when should I use it? C) How do I fix my bare spot? 4) How do I control the weeds?
  • Laboratory Objectives: 
  • To be able to list the identifying characteristics of various turf species and identify unknown specimens.
  • To be able to calibrate drop and rotary spreaders and a sprayer.
  • To be able to determine how much of a given product should be applied over a given area.

HORT 480  Golf Course Management (Lecture and Laboratory) (2-2)

  • Course Description:  Management of turf species used for lawns, parks, sports fields and golf courses are discussed in real world settings.  Emphasis will relate to environmental factors influencing turf performance and the proper use of fertilizers, plant growth regulators, and pesticides.  Calibration and calculator skills are emphasized.  Environmental issues related to turfgrass and golf course management are presented.  Topics include greens management, water conservation, course set up, personnel management, and budgeting.
  • Course Objectives:  After completing this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Develop a cost effective and efficient fertilization program for putting greens and other cool- and warm-season turfgrass areas.
  • Diagnose causes and offer solutions for unsatisfactory turfgrass.
  • Describe and discuss secondary management practices such as aerification, topdressing, and overseeding.
  • Discuss the physiological function of essential plant nutrients and the capacity of commercially available fertilizers to supply the essential plant nutrients.
  • Solve all fertilizer, topdressing, irrigation, seeding, and pesticide application and calibration problems one would expect to encounter as a turfgrass professional.
  • Maintain accurate records of applications, maintenance practices, and expenses and to summarize them at the end of the year.
  • Laboratory Objectives
  • To be able to list the identifying characteristics of various turf species and identify unknown specimens.
  • To be able to calibrate drop and rotary spreaders and a sprayer.
  • To determine how much of a given product is required for a given area.
  • To be able to perform routine maintenance practices like establishment, vertical mowing, topdressing, aeration, irrigation repair and product applications.

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