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Turf Grasses 100 Hours Certificate Course

Price: £325.00Course Code: BHT342
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Turf Grasses 100 Hours Certificate Course

Turf Grasses online.Do you know your Buffalo grass  from your Highland grass? Do you know your Buffalo grass from your Highland grass?  This is an invaluable Course for Green Keepers, Groundsmen, Turf Managers, Gardeners and  others. It is a must for those working with natural grasses either as a specialist or a general horticulturist.

Turf or lawn is a surface normally covered by grasses growing in an unnatural environment contrived by man. Other plants may occasionally be used as a lawn or mixed with grasses to create a lawn, but lawns are for the most part created with only grasses.

Lawns don’t just happen naturally; they are planned, put there by people and maintained through mowing and other practices. If we want the turf cover to be sustainable and fit for purpose, it needs to be purposefully planned and maintained.

The grasses which you choose to use in a turf, need to be understood and carefully selected to meet the purpose of that turf. Making a good choice of grass variety can make a huge difference to the quality of the surface, the health of the grasses, what it can be used for and the cost of maintaining it in terms of both money and resources.

In this distance learning course, you will learn the characteristics of the most popular of grasses and where to employ them in the garden, in nature parks and in the green infrastructure of towns and cities etc. It is ideal for all gardeners and horticulturists who need to have a variety of turf establishment solutions at their disposal.

You will begin your turf grasses specialisation by developing a deeper understanding of the subtle differences between the varied species, by studying their physiology. You will learn the characteristics of the most popular species and sub species of grasses, employed in creating lawns and turf around the world. You will also compare commonly used cultivars for sports turfs, commercial and residential turf in the UK, Europe, North America and other areas of the world. And you will consider how and why species are mixed together, to give better results in given situations.


Learning Goals: Turf Grasses BHT342:
  1. To recognise the characteristics that differentiate turf grass cultivars one from another, in order to make choices about what cultivars are appropriate for different turf applications.
  2. To describe the characteristics, culture and uses of Fescue grasses as a turf.
  3. To describe the characteristics, culture and uses of Bent grasses as a turf.
  4. To describe the characteristics, culture and uses of Rye grasses as a turf.
  5. To describe the characteristics, culture and uses of Blue grasses as a turf.
  6. To describe the characteristics, culture and uses of Couch grasses as a turf.
  7. To describe the characteristics, culture and use of Buffalo and Zoysia grasses.
  8. To describe the characteristics, culture and uses of various warm condition grasses as a turf.
  9. To describe the characteristics, culture and uses of various cool condition grasses as a turf.
  10. To explain the dynamics at play when different varieties of turf grass grow together.


Lesson Structure: Turf Grasses BHT342:

1. Introduction

  • Introduction
  • What is Grass?
  • Structure of a Typical Grass
  • Description of Grasses
  • Grass Terminology
  • Culivar Selection Criteria
  • How are Turf Grasses Genera Classified Scientifically?
  • How are Turf Grasses Developed?

2. Fescues

  • Introduction
  • What are the More Important Cultivatars
  • Leaf Shapes
  • Chewings Fescue
  • Tall Fescue
  • Hair Fescue
  • Meadow Fescue
  • Sheep Fescue
  • Slender Creeping Red Fescue

3. Bentgrasses

  • Introduction
  • Creeping Bent Grass
  • Velvet Bent Grass
  • Redtop Bent Grass
  • Highland Bent Grass (Dryland Bent)
  • Idaho Bent Grass
  • Bent Grass Cultivatars

4. Ryegrasses

  • Introduction
  • Perennial Ryegrass
  • Italian Ryegrass
  • Annual Ryegrass
  • Darnel
  • Rye Grass Cultivatars

5. Bluegrasses

  • Introduction
  • Kentucky Bluegrass
  • Annual Bluegrass, Annual Meadow-Grass or Winter Grass
  • Supina Bluegrass
  • Rough Bluegrass
  • Canad Bluegrass
  • Upland Bentgrass
  • Wood Bluegrass
  • Bulbous Bluegrass
  • Blue Grass Culivatars

6. Couch grasses

  • Introductiom
  • Overview
  • Bermuda Couch Grass
  • South African Couch
  • Hybrid Couch
  • Queensland Blue Couch or Crab Grass
  • Salt Water Couch

7. Buffalo and Zoysia Grasses

  • Introduction: Buffalo Grasses
  • Introduction: Zoysia Grasses
  • Buffalo Grasses
  • Stenotaphrum
  • Buchloe SPP. (Grama)
  • Bouteloua
  • Zoysiagrass

8. Other Warm Condition Grasses

  • Introduction
  • Centipedegrass
  • Seashore Paspalum or Seashore Couch
  • Bahiagrass
  • Pennisetum
  • Carpet Grass
  • Sweet Smoother
  • Comparing Drought Tolerance

9. Other Cool Condition Grasses

  • Introduction
  • Hairgrasses
  • Timothy Grass
  • Beach Grass
  • Wheatgrass
  • Crested Dogtail
  • Salt Marsh Grass
  • Brome Grass
  • Phalaris

10. Turf grass Mixes

  • Introduction
  • Seasonal Variations
  • Research
  • Advantages of Blended Mixes
  • Problems with Blended Mixes
  • What Mixes With What?


The quality of this course is second to none, from the in-depth learning you will get to the expert individual mentoring you will receive throughout your studies. The mentors for this course are: 
yellow rosesSusan 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.
In 2010, Susan authored a complete module for a Foundation degree (FDSC) in Arboriculture.
Susan 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.
Steven Whitaker horticulture tutorSteven Whitaker
Diploma in Garden Design (Distinction) – The Blackford Centre, Gold Certificate of Achievement in Horticulture, Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture, Level 1 NOCN Introduction to Gardening, – Joseph Priestly College, BTEC Diploma in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Operations (Merit), Trainer Skills 1, & 2, Group trainer, Interview and Selection Skills – Kirby College of Further Education
Steven has a wealth of Horticultural knowledge, having ran his own Design and Build service, Landscaping company, and been a Head Gardener. His awards include five Gold awards at Leeds in Bloom, two Gold awards at Yorkshire in Bloom and The Yorkshire Rose Award for Permanent Landscaping. Steven has worked with TV’s Phil Spencer as his garden advisor on the Channel 4 TV Programme, “Secret Agent”. 
He is qualified to Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture and has a Diploma in Garden Design which he passed with Distinction. Steven’s Tutor and Mentor was the Chelsea Flower Show Gold Award-winning Garden Designer, Tracy Foster. He also works for a major Horticultural Commercial Grower in the field of Propagation and Craft Gardening. Steven lives in Leeds where he is a Freelance Garden Designer and Garden Advice Consultant. 

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How Do Our Tuition Fees Compare?Full time classroom based Further Education Courses - Approx. £5,000 per year - Part-time classroom based Adult Education Courses - Approx. £7.00 per hour - N.B. classroom tuition means you learn at the pace of the class. One-to-one private tuition - from £15.00 per hour - ADL one-to-one tution fees - From £340 per 100 Hour Course = Average of £3.40 per hour - N.B. one-to-one tuition is tailored to your own individual learning availability and pace.
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Course Prerequisite None - Our course levels are an indication of the depth of learning you should receive. They do not describe the level of difficulty.
Course Qualification (Study Option A)Endorsed Qualification from TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation - Completed written assignments and final evaluation per course/module to be taken.
Course Qualification (Study Option B)Certificate of Attainment from ADL - Completed written assignments only - no final evaluation.
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 10 - U.S. Credit Hours: 3 - when compared to regulated courses.
Course Duration and DeadlinesCourse hours given are a guide only. You will be encouraged to work at your own pace to learn as much as you can, with no assignment deadlines or end date by which you must complete your course by. You are in control!
Study SupportPersonal tutor/mentor support from industry relevant professionals throughout your whole course. Mentors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through the Moodle online classroom. They provide assistance with your course material, plus discuss, explain and give advice when needed. They will also mark and grade your assignments, plus provide constructive and helpful feedback vital to your success.
Suitability for Self Employment and Small BusinessesOur courses are ideal for sole traders and small business owners and their staff. Customer confidence in what you can do will determine how successful you are in getting clients. Doing the job right using the correct knowledge and skills, leads to repeat business and referrals to friends, family and work colleagues. Completing one or more of our courses for the service you have to offer, will give you the tools to achieve this and grow your business.
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Designing Your Own QualificationBundle up your choice of related courses to form your own qualification. Our Advanced Certificates (4 courses), Diplomas (6 courses), Advanced Diplomas (8 courses) and Higher Advanced Diplomas (12 courses), are used to differentiate between the in-depth knowledge and skills you will acquire in your chosen area of study. e.g. Advanced Certificate in Turf Care Management, which includes individual courses: Turf Care, Sports Turf Care, Turf Repair and Renovation and Turf Grasses.
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