Turf Management

School Year:

2008 –2009

H.S. Credits:1
School Name: Greenup County ATCProgram:


KY Tech Course Name:Turf ManagementTeacher:

Justin Suttles

Course Number(s)                  KCTCS Course Name(s)                                  College Credits

HRT 120                                  Turf Management                                                     3

HRT 121                                  Turf Management Lab                                          0



 Course DescriptionThis course focuses on the types of turf and the identification and control of insects, weeds and diseases. It includes the calibration of seeding, spraying and fertilizing equipment; preparation of maintenance schedules for turf and seeding; and renovation techniques.  
 Materials Used

A variety of materials will be used to facilitate learning. The main text for this class will be Turfgrass Science and Management. We will also be using information from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, and any other resource the instructor feels necessary.

 Objectives/Task List
  1. Identify turf and lawn plants and functions.
  2. Identify major types of turf and their suggested uses.
  3. Take a soil sample for a lawn area and interpret results
  4. Calculate and apply fertilizer and lime to a lawn based on soil test results.
  5. Determine square footage for specific situations.
  6. Prepare a lawn seedbed, calculate seed and distribute evenly
  7. Identify and control turf pests
  8. Cut, roll and lay sod
  9. Perform lawn renovation
  10. Develop a lawn maintenance schedule for a high and low use lawn area
  11. Select and use turf equipment
  12. Perform preventative maintenance of turf equipment
  • Students will be graded according their performance in class/lab via written tests, performance tests, and hands on projects.
  • The grading scale is as follows:

90% to 100%               A

80% to 89%                 B

70% to 79%                 C

60% to 69%                 D

Below 60%                 F

*Courses with grades of less than a “C” will not count toward a certificate or be eligible for dual credit.

 Procedures for Makeup Work/Tests
  • It is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor to make arrangements to makeup work/tests.
  • Students shall be granted the number of days missed plus one (1) to make up any worked missed for an excused absence.
  Attendance Policy/Withdrawal PolicyThere is a lot of information to be presented.  Students are expected to attend and be punctual.  In the event the student misses all or part of a class he or she will be expected to make up that days assignment. Withdrawals from class will be handled by the High School. Unless I am notified by the High School, you are still enrolled, and responsible for your assignments. Supplies    1.   Please bring pencils/pens and paper to class.  There will be written assignments and tests given.  You need to be prepared.     2.   You will also need to bring a pair of quality safety glasses.  Without the proper eye protection, you will not be able to work in the lab.  This is an absolute.  No exceptions will be allowed. Class expectations/Rules    1.   Enter room quietly.    2.   Do not bring pop or snacks into classroom.    3.   Wear proper clothing and safety equipment.    4.   Obey all safety rules and regulations.    5.   Obey all high school rules and policies.    6.   Do not cheat, plagiarize or assist another in cheating.    7.   No horseplay    8.   Make sure the shop/lab is cleaned and tools are put away before leaving.  If we can’t find the tools, we can’t work in the shop.  If the shop is cluttered, we cannot work there safely.    9.   Watch your language!  You cannot use foul and offensive language in the workplace; therefore, you cannot use it here!  10.   Keep your Safety Glasses on while working in the Lab!  Keep them on and wear them properly!11.   Be courteous to teachers and fellow students.12.   No tobacco products in shop, classroom, greenhouse. 13.   No use of electronic devises, this includes but is not limited to cell phones, ipods, and mg3 players. 14.   No going in or out the back door of the shop. That door is for emergency use only.  Course Outline
  • The outline of the course is at the discretion of the instructor. Typically the course will begin with training on safety. All students must pass each safety test with a score of 100%. After completing the unit on safety, instruction will follow the course objectives/task list as mentioned previously.
    1. Safety in Horticulture
    2. Overview of the Turfgrass Industry
    3. Turfgrass plant identification
    4. Soils
    5. Turfgrass Establishment
    6. Fertilization
    7. Mowing
    8. Water and Irrigation
    9. Pesticide Use
    10. Pest identification (Weeds, Insects, & Diseases)
    11. Integrated Pest Management
    12. Turf Improvement
    13. Sports Turf Management