- Do you manage a Sports Ground or Playing Field?
- Advance your job and career prospects working in the management and maintenance of Sports Grounds and Playing Fields
- A course for parks staff, horticulturists, gardeners, groundsmen, green keepers, turf equipment and materials suppliers.
This course assumes a basic knowledge of turf care, either through experience or prior study (e.g. Green Keeping I) From there it develops your ability to manage the maintenance of sports turf. It is relevant to the maintenance of all sports turf including golf courses, bowling clubs, playing fields, cricket wickets and other sporting facilities.
- Select turf varieties to suit different sports surface requirements; including different climates & soil types.
- Select turf varieties to suit different sports surfaces (e.g. lawn bowls, fairways, greens, league football, cricket)
- Identify turf blends, their application and reason for use.
- Explain alternative procedures for sports turf maintenance, used for different types of facilities.
- Explain specific wear problems and solutions for the five types of turf facilities
- Evaluate procedures being used to maintain different types of facilities.
- Determine the resources required to maintain a selected sports turf.
- Develop management plans for different types of sports turf facilities.
- Explain the management of a turf nursery to produce a reliable supply of sod.
- Explain the irrigation and drainage requirements for sports turf fields and lots more!
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Detailed Course Outline
This course is made up of a number of lessons or units. Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online. Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.
There are 10 Lessons in this course:
Turf Variety Selection
- Turf Varieties in Parks
- Feature Lawns
- Picnic Areas
- Sports Grounds
- Turf Species; bent, fescue, rye, kentucky, couch, etc
- Turf Cultivar Selection Criteria
- Mixing Varieties
- Types of Mowing Equipment
- Mower Types; slasher, cylinder, flail
- Preparation before mowing
- How to Mow
- Leaf Rakes and Vacuums
- After Mowing
- Changing Mower Blades
- Mowing Sports Turf
- Sports Turf Mowers
- Problems that can Occur when Mowing
- Options for Mower Power Systems; 2 stroke, 4 stroke, electric
- Hover Mowers, Ride on Mowers
- Choosing a Mower
- When to Cultivate
- Methods of Cultivation
- Spiking, coring, drilling, grooving, forking, raking, air blast, etc.
- Coring and hollow tining for Sports Turf
- Scarifying (Grooving)
- Dethatching (Vertical Mowing)
Preparing for Play on Sports grounds
- Dew Removal
- Water Removal
- Vertical Mowing
- Marking for Play
Preparing for Play of Greens
- Golf, Croquet, Lawn Tennis, Lawn Bowls
- Cricket Wicket Preparation
Turf Protection and Preservation
- Managing Use
- Minimising Damage on Turf
- Why Repair Turf
- How to Repair Turf
- Reconditioning Soil
- Reducing weed populations in turf
- Managing turf Pests
- Managing Demand
- Repairing Turf
Irrigation and Drainage
- Travelling Sprinkler Systems
- Quick Coupling Valve Systems
- Manually Operated Irrigation Systems
- Semi automatic Irrigation Systems
- Automatic Irrigation Systems
- Sprinklers, Valves, Controllers
- Management of Water Features on Golf Courses
- Improving Surface Drainage after Construction
- Understanding Soils and Drainage, and Soil Compaction
Soil Treatment and Sprays
- Major Nutrients and Trace Elements
- Fertilizer Types
- Fertilizer Application
- Soil pH and Soil Amendments
- Cation Exchange Capacity
- Pest Control; ants, beetles, caterpillars, grasshoppers and crickets, leatherjackets
- Disease Control; viruses, bacteria, fungi
Evaluate Maintenance Facilities
- Bent Grass for Bowling Greens
- Couch Grass Greens
- Analysis of Park Maintenance
- Park Maintenance Tasks
Develop a Management Plan
- Common Environmental Problems; folia burn, pollution, lack of water
- Drainage Problems in Turf
- Plants have Varying Tolerance Levels
- Programming Works; maintenance, new works, construction crew
- Weed Control Methods
- Developing a Management Plan for a Specific Site
When you have completed your lessons you have the option of taking the optional exam. It's ok if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate.
Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)
Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I pay in installments?
Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.
Can I study from anywhere in the world?
We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.
Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?
Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.
Do I have to sit an Exam?
No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.
Do you have set start dates?
There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.