• Program: Landscape and Horticulture Careers
  • Course: Turf Culture and Management
  • Course #: LNDC2220
  • Total Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is designed to give the student a comprehensive knowledge of the many kinds of turf grasses used in the upper Midwest for residential, commercial and athletic areas. Emphasis will also be given to their cultural requirements and specialized turf maintenance equipment.

Course Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Disability Services

Hennepin Technical College offers reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, contact the college’s Disability Services Director: Sara Laviolette at Brooklyn Park (763-488-2477) or Jean Kreutter at Eden Prairie (952-995-1544).

Course Goals

The following goals will be addressed in the course:
List career opportunities in turfgrass management
Identify various turf specie that can successfully be used in this area
List strengths and weaknesses of turf types
List turf maintenance requirements
Combine grasses according to site conditions
Draw a plan for locations of turf types for a site
Explain how and why budgets, quality expectations and intended use impact the selection of which grasses to plant in both an initial establishment and a renovation situation
Explain why renovation is necessary
List what nutrients are needed for both establishment and maintenance of various turf areas
List the cost/benefit factors when making purchasing decisions
Discuss why soil texture and structure are critical to turf maintenance and how to factor these in to a maintenance program
Demonstrate a basic understanding of soil science and how it impacts fertilization programs
List the major pests that impact turf in this area
Describe the major pesticides that may be needed for successful turf growth
Discuss the importance of water management, drainage and irrigation
List specialized equipment needed for turf establishment
Identify unique turf problems

Credit Details
  • Lecture: 3
  • MnTC Goal: 0
Course Details
  • Prerequisites: 
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park

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