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Price: £340.00Course Code: BHT104 CLD
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Turf Care

Turf Care course online. Produce optimum turf! A comprehensive introduction to the identification, selection, culture and management of turf for commercial, recreational or home use. Taking approximately 100 hours to complete it is suitable as a basic course for people working with turf, such as on a golf course or bowling green, or for keen amateurs who wish to make the most of their home lawns.


Learning Goals:   Turf Care BHT104
  • Determine the range of grasses and other species available for turf culture (Part A)
  • Determine the range of grasses and other species available for turf culture (Part B)
  • Determine appropriate procedures to establish turf
  • Explain the management of soils for growing different types of turf
  • Explain the weed management of turf
  • Explain the management of problems, including pests and diseases, in turf
  • Determine general maintenance practices used in turf management
  • Determine irrigation maintenance practices used in turf management
  • Plan the development of different sports turf areas
  • Develop management strategies for the care of established turf
  • Develop plans to establish ornamental turf


Lesson Structure:  Turf Care BHT104

There are 11 lessons:

1  Introduction - Turf Varieties

  • The Benefits of Turf
  • History of Turf
  • Turf Varieties: Bentgrass, Bermuda/Couch Grass, Buffalo Grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum), Carpet Grass, Chewings Fescue, Kikuyu Grass, Perennial Ryegrass, Soft Brome Grass, Sweet Smoother, Tall Fescue, Kentucky Blue-grass, Phalaris
  • Lawn Mixes
  • Important Lesson Notes
  • Turf Varieties Reports: Illustrating the Turf Variety
  • How to Lay Out your Turf Variety Report

2  Turf Grass Physiology

  • Introduction
  • Grasses: Structure (Morphology) of a Typical Grass, Flowers, Spotting Other Characteristics, Roots, Shoots, Root: Shoot Ratio, Recuperative Potential
  • Ways to Identify Grasses: Identification Key to selected Common Turf Grasses
  • Identifying Tips: Rye-grass, Fescue, Bent Grass, Bluegrass, Others
  • Description of Major Warm Season Lawn Grasses: Couch, Zoysia, Carpet Grasses, Paspalums
  • Grasses Diagrams

3  Turf Establishment

  • Establishing Turf Grasses: Soil Preparation, Seeding, Sodding/Instant Turf, Stolonizing, Sprigging, Plugging, Drainage, Chitted Seed
  • Producing Drawings to Scale
  • Work Scheduling
  • Costing Guide: Materials, Equipment Costs, Insurance Costs, Wages, Administration etc., Profit

4  Soils

  • Understanding Soil: Soil Texture, Soil Blends, Soil Structure, Soil pH
  • Buffering Capacity
  • Improving Soils: What Sort of Areas Do You Need to Buy in Soil For? What Type of Soil Do You Need? Calculating Soil Quantities
  • Cation Exchange Capacity
  • Plant Nutrition: The Nutrient Elements, The Macronutrients, The Micronutrients
  • Fertilising Turf: Choosing the Right Fertiliser
  • Drainage: Techniques Used to Improve Soil Permeability During Garden Construction, Improving Surface Drainage after Construction, Layout of Drains, Types of Drains, Laying the Drain

5  Turf Weed Problems

  • Introduction
  • How are Weeds Spread?
  • Non – Chemical Control Methods
  • Chemical Control Methods 
  • Herbicide Use in Turf Correct Usage
  • Importance or Recommended Concentration: Always Read the Label, How Poisonous is it?
  • LD50 
  • Commonly Used Commercial Formulations: Domestic Range

6  Turf Pests & Diseases

  • Introduction
  • Chemical Control
  • Turf Health Problems: Non-Parasitic Problems in Turf, Fungi, Turf Pests, Animals
  • A Preview of Commonly Used Chemicals - Pesticides: Pyrethrum, Dipel, Carbaryl, Malathion, Rogor, Derris, Diazanon, Disyston, Nemacur
  • Others: Diatomaceous Earth, Soapy Water, Pests
  • A Review of Commonly Used Chemicals - Fungicides: Benlate, Fongarid, Mancozeb, Zineb, Maneb, Lime Sulphur or Lime, Copper Sprays
  • Spray Equipment: Watch These Points, Sprayer Maintenance and Cleaning
  • Domestic Lawn Care Program: Environmental Problems in Turf 

7  Turf Maintenance Techniques

  • Mowing Turf: Turf Mowers, Mowing Guidelines, Length of Cut, Getting a Clean Cut, To Catch or Not to Catch, Direction of Cut or Pattern of Cutting, What about Cutting Steep Slopes? What to Do With Lawn Clippings? After Mowing
  • Mower Safety: What to Wear, Other Safety Considerations
  • Other Turf Maintenance Techniques: Aeration, Coring, Scarification, Spiking, Drilling, Slicing, Grooving, Topdressing, Rolling Turf, Repairing Turf 
  • Golden Rules of Laying Instant Turf 

8  Irrigation - An Overview

  • Water and Plant Growth - Why is Water Important to Plants?: Water Loss from Soils, Improving Water Retention
  • Understanding the Movement of Soil Water: Types of Soil Water, Field Capacity, A Feel Test for Estimating Soil Moisture Level, A Feel Test for Estimating Soil Moisture Level
  • Tensiometer
  • Estimating the Water Needs of Turf: Specific Needs, Irrigating Turf, When to Irrigate, Maintaining Appropriate Water Levels, Rate of Watering, Period of Watering, Cyclic Watering, Pulse Watering
  • Irrigation Systems: A Note on SI Units, Conventional Sprinkler Systems, Travelling Sprinklers, Methods of Driving Rotating Head Sprinklers, Irrigation System Efficiency
  • Irrigation System Design Considerations: Sprinkler Spacing, Designing and Considering Sprinkler Performance, Electrical Considerations, Electric Automatic Systems

9  Playing Fields & Bowling Greens

  • Gradients and Dimensions for Sporting Facilities: Gradients, Dimensions, More on Gradients
  • Construction Procedure for a Playing Field: Sand-based Technology
  • General Specifications for Golf Course Preparation: Course Preparation for the Australian Open Golf Championship (greens, Tees, Fairways, Rough, Bunkers), Pin Placements
  • Cricket Wicket Table Construction: Size and Orientation, Grass Types
  • Laying a Turf Wicket: General Approach to Maintenance and Repair of Turf Wickets (End of Season Maintenance, Off-Season Maintenance, Renovation, Preparation, Marking a Wicket, Treatment After Play

10 Managing Established Turf

  • Golf Course Care and Maintenance: Mowing, Watering, Drainage, Renovation, Top Dressing, Changing Pins and Tee Markers, Fertiliser Requirements, Weeds and Pest and Disease Control

11 Establishing Ornamental Turf 

  • Ornamental Turf: Shade, Establishment
  • Planning for the Environment with Golf Courses
  • Environmental Assessment: An Environmental Audit


  • Turf is unlike any other area of horticulture in one major respect: the plants are subjected to traffic!
  • Traffic can take numerous forms when we are talking about the wear and tear of turf. The most obvious examples might be vehicular and human movement. This should be extended to include all activity in which the turf surface is subjected to some sort of foreign physical contact.
  • Examples of traffic then, include:
  • Golf course -golf carts and buggy wheels which compact soils
    • human shoes, often with sprigs that rip and tear turf
  • golf clubs and ball which cause divots and ball marks or plugs.
  • animal grazing (which tends to be more of a rural problem).
  • Parkland -human use including walking, laying down, might include erecting temporary structures such as a marquee, tent.
    • ball games of all varieties.
  • irresponsible vehicle use.
  • animal use
  • The amount of damage caused by traffic is relative to the amount and type of traffic, but other factors such as environment and turf species are also important factors. The resultant damage that does occur is called turfgrass wear.


Your learning experience with ADL will not only depend on the quality of the course, but also the quality of the person teaching it. This course is taught by Susan Stephenson and Andy Patterson . Your course fee includes unlimited tutorial support throughout from one of these excellent teachers. Here are their credentials:

Susan Stephenson
BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983.
City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984)
Management qualifications in training with retail store. Diploma in Hort level 2 (RHS General) Distinction. 



Susan Stephenson is a passionate and experienced horticulturist and garden designer. She has authored three books, lectures at 2 Further and Higher Education Colleges, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of plants and garden design, and tutors many students by correspondence from all over the world.

Susan studied botany at Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) and worked in the trading industry before returning to her first love plants and garden design. She is therefore, well placed to combine business knowledge with horticulture and design skills. Her experience is wide and varied and she has designed gardens for families and individuals. Susan is a mentor for garden designers who are just starting out, offering her support and advice and she also writes, delivers and assesses courses for colleges, introducing and encouraging people into horticulture and garden design.

Susan is a Professional Associate and exam moderator and holds the RHS General with Distinction. She continues to actively learn about horticulture and plants and (as her students will tell you) remains passionate and interested in design and horticulture.

She also supervised the Area Arboriculture Team and was Exhumations Officer€“ in charge of collecting discovered remains and arranging identification (if poss) and interment of same.


Andy Patterson
PGCE Biological Sciences; Doctor of Naturopathy (pending); Registered Nutritional Therapist; Permaculture Design Consultant (PDC); BSc(Hons) Ecology;


Andy has been a biology and science teacher since 2002, and a natural health therapist since 1998. His original degree was in Ecology and is well experienced in the Life Sciences generally, from biology, medicine and clinical sciences to horticulture, ecology and the environment. he divides his time between a therapy clinic; teaching, tutoring & lecturing. Andy is a passionate believer in the power of education to transform people’s lives, and gives 100% support to helping students achieve their goal. 

Andy has worked as a Biology lecturer in a number of post age 16 colleges, and 11-18 year age schools across the country during a 13 year career. This has included work as an Assessor for exam boards, 1 on 1 tutoring, working with small groups and whole classes. He worked on an award winning national Nuffield- STEM initiative using innovative educational techniques to develop sustainability awareness with KS3 school children. He has also managed a large vocational science area in a busy college and developed a successful Premedical curriculum which has helped many students on to successful medical careers.


Course Info
Course StartAnytime, Anywhere
Course Hours100
Recognised Issuing BodyTQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.
Course CodeBHT104
Course PrerequisiteNo, start at anytime
Course QualificationLevel 4 Certificate in Turf Care
Exam Required?Finalised with an exam/test
UK Course Credits10 Credits
US Course Credit Hours3 Credit Hours
Study SupportYou'll be allocated your own personal tutor/mentor who will support and mentor you throughout your whole course. Our tutors/mentors have been specifically chosen for their business expertise, qualifications and must be active within their industry. Tutors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through our Moodle Student Support Zone online. Tutors are there to provide assistance with course material, discuss, explain and give advice and support throughout the whole programme. Their feedback is vital to your success.



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