Turf Repair And Renovation

Course CodeBHT303
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment
  

LEARN NOW TO RENOVATE AND REPAIR LAWNS & TURF 

A course specifically designed for people working with turf and for every gardener that has extensive or delicate turf areas to care for. The course develops your ability to diagnose and treat problems in turf efficiently.

  • Learn turf repair
  • Renovate old lawns
  • Learn to replace old turf
  • Save money by learning preventative care
  • You can Save time by studying at home
  • Make more money now - extend your business or skills at work.

 

Comment from Student: 
"In my role within a large Aged Care Facility a great deal of my employment is spent in the area of Turf management and garden care/refurbishment. With ACS I was able to study at my own pace allowing me to put into practise and thoroughly research the subject matter broadening my knowledge and study experience further. I enjoyed the way in which the subject matter was presented as it allowed you to study each subject further, allowing for greater depth, clarity and knowledge.
Overall there are not many areas in which the course subject matter will not turn out to be invaluable, everything is covered to allow you to become successful within your own business or place of employment. A big thank you to Gavin Cole [tutor] and all at ACS. It was a pleasure to study with ACS, look forward to further study."
Craig Ledbury, Australia - Turf Renovation & Repair course.

10 Lessons with Set Tasks, 10 Assignments. Course notes. Real Learning.

Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Understanding Turf Deterioration - physiological and biological responses.
  2. Repair & Renovation Equipment - use and repair of applicable equipment.
  3. Turf Cultivation Techniques
  4. Health Improvement Techniques -pest control, feeding, watering, etc.
  5. Optimising Turf Usage
  6. Replacing Damaged Turf - techniques for replacement.
  7. Renovation of Degraded Turf - techniques to repair and renovated turf.
  8. Eradicating Turf Weeds
  9. Treating Aeration & Drainage Problems - compaction, etc.
  10. Managing a Turf Nursery.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • 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!

Tutor Comment:
 
 “Aimed at landscapers, home gardeners, and other turf industry workers, this course enlightens the student as to everything that one could possibly wish to know about turf care. Here, you will discover how to control even the most chronic of turf diseases and learn the ultimate methods to produce lush, dense, green turf.” - Gavin Cole B.Sc., Psych.Cert., Cert.Garden Design, MACA, ACS Tutor.

Sample Notes

INSPECTING DETERIORATED TURF

Irrespective of how skilled you might be, there is always a danger of overlooking something important when you carry out an inspection. If you use a checklist, or fill out a well designed "report form" you are much less likely to overlook anything. The best way to carry out an inspection is systematically.

Checklists

This is a simple way of ensuring you look at everything important when you are doing a site inspection. A checklist is simply a list of things which you should check (or inspect) when you are trying to make an evaluation. Ideally you should make up a checklist which is tailored to the situation you are about to inspect. You may base this checklist on a standard one, modified for each job. A simpler way may be to maintain a standard checklist.

Checklist (Incomplete Example)

  1. Turf Varieties (major and minor)
  2. Soil type
  3. Drainage (surface and sub surface)
  4. Compaction/aeration
  5. Acidity (pH) and Conductivity (EC)
  6. Plant fertility (Nutrient deficiencies/toxicities)
  7. Physical damage (to turf or surface)
  8. Recent cultural treatments (eg. rolling, spraying, aeration, mowing, etc.)
  9. Usage (frequency and type)

 

REPORT FORMS

A report form is similar to a checklist, but more structured, providing in itself a format for recording information as an inspection is undertaken. It incorporates spaces for information to be recorded, and spaces for recommendations to be written down. A report form is generally designed to be used repeatedly in a variety of different inspections; and as such, it needs to be designed more carefully and in a generic way (ie. in a way that relates to any sort of turf inspection which you are likely to undertake).


Report Form (An Incomplete Example)

Site being inspected:

Address ......................................................................................

Type of Facility Ornamental Lawn or Sports Turf

Description of the Turf ...............................................................

Inspection Undertaken by ............................................................

Date of inspection .......................................................................

Turf Health Indicators

 Characteristic

Current Status

Recommendation(S)

Dominant Turf Plant Cultivars

 


 


Minor Turf Cultivars

 


 


Significant Weeds

 


 


Turf Cover (Are there bare patches?)

% cover =

 


Organic Content in Soil

Low/Adequate/Excellent/Excessive

 


Clay Content of Soil

Low/Adequate/Excessive

 


Soil Type (eg. Loam, Sand, Clay)

 


 


Soil pH

 


 


Soil Conductivity

 


 


Surface Drainage (slope, etc)

 


 


Sub surface Drainage

 


 


Water Table (close to surface or not?)

 


 


Plant Nutrition Symptoms

 


 


Diseases Present

 


 


Pests Present

 


 


Physical Damage Identified

 


 


Other ........................

 


 


 

Maintenance Practices

What is undertaken on a routine basis and how often?

Spraying ................................................................................

Fertilising .............................................................................

Irrigation ..............................................................................

Mowing ..................................................................................

Aeration ................................................................................

Rolling .................................................................................

Other....................................................................................

Changes in Turf Condition

Has deterioration in condition been gradual or fast? .....................

What changes have occurred on or in the vicinity of the turf?

- changes to drainage patterns ...................................................

- changes in vegetation, structures etc. .......................................

- changes in usage of area? ........................................................

- other .......................................................................................

 

Conclusions...............................................................................

 

Recommendations......................................................................

 


HOW CAN THIS COURSE HELP YOU?

If you work in gardens or with turf, this course can only help strengthen your knowledge and make you more effective in your work.
Some graduates will use this course for credits toward a larger qualification (eg. a diploma), some to kick start a career, others as professional development.

This course can benefit any of the following:

  • Gardeners
  • Greenkeepers
  • Sports Turf Managers
  • Turf farmers
  • Allied traders in the turf industry
  • Mowing Contractors
  • Anyone else who needs to manage or improve turf in residential, commercial, sporting or industrial landscapes



Credentials

ACS is an Organisational Member of the British Institute for Learning and Development
ACS is an Organisational Member of the British Institute for Learning and Development

Member of the Institute of Horticulture Careers Advisory Bureau
Member of the Institute of Horticulture Careers Advisory Bureau

Member of Study Gold Coast, Education Network
Member of Study Gold Coast, Education Network

ACS Global Partner - Affiliated with colleges in seven countries around the world.
ACS Global Partner - Affiliated with colleges in seven countries around the world.

Member Nursery and Garden Industry Association
Member Nursery and Garden Industry Association

ACS is recognised by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council
ACS is recognised by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council

ACS is a Preferred Member Training Provider with the Australian Institute of Horticulture.  ACS students meeting AIH criteria can join AIH as a Category 2 student member. http://www.aih.org.au/
ACS is a Preferred Member Training Provider with the Australian Institute of Horticulture. ACS students meeting AIH criteria can join AIH as a Category 2 student member. http://www.aih.org.au/



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  Rosemary Davies

Leading horticultural expert in Australia. Rosemary trained in Horticultural Applied Science at Melbourne University. Initially she worked with Agriculture Victoria as an extension officer, taught horticulture students, worked on radio with ABC radio (clocking up over 24 years as a presenter of garden talkback programs, initially the only woman presenter on gardening in Victoria) and she simultaneously developed a career as a writer. She then studied Education and Training, teaching TAFE apprentices and developing curriculum for TAFE, before taking up an offer as a full time columnist with the Herald and Weekly Times and its magazine department after a number of years as columnist with the Age. She has worked for a number of companies in writing and publications, PR community education and management and has led several tours to Europe. In 1999 Rosemary was BPW Bendigo Business Woman of the Year and is one of the founders and the Patron, of the Friends of the Bendigo Botanic gardens. She has completed her 6th book this year and is working on concepts for several others. Rosemary has a B Ed, BSc Hort, Dip Advertising & Marketing
  John Mason

Parks Manager, Nurseryman, Landscape Designer, Garden Writer and Consultant. Over 40 years experience; working in Victoria, Queensland and the UK. He is one of the most widely published garden writers in the world; author of more than 70 books and editor for 4 different gardening magazines. John has been recognised by his peers being made a fellow of the Institute of Horticulture in the UK, as well as by the Australian Institute of Horticulture.
  Gavin Cole

B.Sc., Cert.Garden Design. Landscape Designer, Operations Manager, Consultant, Garden Writer. He was operations manager for a highly reputable British Landscape firm (The Chelsea Gardener) before starting up his own landscaping firm. He spent three years working in our Gold Coast office, as a tutor and writer for Your Backyard (gardening magazine) which we produced monthly for a Sydney punlisher between 1999 and 2003. Since then, Gavin has contributed regularly to many magazines, co authored several gardening books and is currently one of the "garden experts" writing regularly for the "green living" magazine "Home Grown".
  Bob James

Horticulturalist, Agriculturalist, Environmental consultant, Businessman and Professional Writer. Over 40 years in industry, Bob has held a wide variety of senior positions in both government and private enterprise. Bob has a Dip. Animal Husb, B.App.Sc., Grad.Dip.Mgt, PDC
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