PSS 145   
Turfgrass Management

Turf class and irrigation demonstration  Soccer    

Next Offered: Fall 2014

PSS 145, Turfgrass Management will be a "project oriented" course in which students will develop project plans/proposals for the establishment and maintenence of turf, groundcover and other landscape plants in various landscape settings. Students will have an opportunity to assess various systems such as institutional grounds, parks, sports fields, golf courses, and roadsides and learn to develop site specifications and budgets.   To bring a real world perspective to the course, guest speakers will include active professionals that represent many aspects of the turf and landscape industry including landscape designers, athletic field managers, irrigation professionals, consultants and government regulators.

Instructor:  Sid Bosworth  656-0478
208 Jeffords Hall  (sid.bosworth@uvm.edu)

Location and Time
Location: 17 Hills
Lecture and Lab Times: Refer to the Registrar website

Course Outline
The course outline will be posted just prior to the semester.  The following topics will be covered in PSS 145:

Website:
All class materials and assignments are located on the class Blackboard website.

Lab Activities
Lab time will be used for students to work on their projects as well as site visits to see various turf systems (golf course, sports fields, roadsides, institutional turf, etc.) and meet with the professionals that manage these systems.    We will also use lab time for learning the identification and growth patterns of the common turf and groundcover plants of the Northeast.  Students should always come prepared for inclement weather (old shoes, work clothes, raincoat).
 

Burlington Country Club Visit
Centennial Field Visit
Setting up irrigation
Checking for grubs

Reading Materials and Text:
Most of the reading material for this course will be in downloadable format (pdf) that will be posted on the course website.  There will also be several books on reserve at the library under PSS 145.  

Class Projects
Students will be involved in at least two projects during the semester.  

Grading and Points
Will be posted at the beginning of the semester