Next Offered: Fall 2012
PSS 145, Turfgrass Management covers the scientific principles and practical applications of the establishment and maintenance of turfgrasses and alternative groundcovers used in the Northeast. One focus of the course is to critically review all aspects of turf and groundcover management including high input, low input, and ecological/organic approaches. The course will involve a combination of lectures, reading assignments, "hands-on" activities, problem solving exercises, quizzes and exams and independent projects. 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.
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Location and Time
Lecture Times: TBA
The course outline will be posted just prior to the semester. The following topics will be covered in PSS 145:
All class materials and assignments are located on the class Blackboard website.
The major objectives of the field activities are to provide some "hands on" activities involving turf species identification, turf quality, turf pests and to visit and see various turf systems (golf course, sports fields, roadsides, institutional turf, etc.) and meet with the professionals that manage these systems. Students should always come prepared for inclement weather (old shoes, work clothes, raincoat).
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.
The class will have the opportunity to research and make recommendations for a real-life issue concerning nutrient and pesticide usage in Burlington, VT. Students will have the opportunity to select specific aspects of the project that most interests them. More information will be presented during the first week of the course.