The course covers foundational, routine lawn care for cool season turf grass, including mowing, fertilization, and irrigation. Also learn keep tips for thatch, soil, and weed management.
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Describe how lawn management practices influence turf quality and why incorrect management decisions lead to common lawn care problems
- Describe which grass species are best adapted for lawn use, and the most important factors to consider when choosing a species for a new lawn (or when renovating an existing lawn)
- Describe how mowing height and frequency affect the aesthetic quality and stress tolerance of turfgrass and why grass clippings should be recycled back to the lawn during mowing
- Describe why nitrogen is the most important nutrient in a lawn fertilization program, how and when to fertilize a lawn, and how to select the appropriate lawn fertilizer
- Describe the environmental factors affecting turf water use and how to use that knowledge to most effectively irrigate a lawn (how MUCH water to apply, and how OFTEN?)
- Describe thatch, understand why it forms in the lawn, what common problems its accumulation may cause, and how thatch is most effectively managed
- Describe the negative effects of soil compaction on turf health and how to improve soil physical conditions by using common cultivation practices
- Describe how to establish a new lawn using seed, sod, or plugs
- Describe what is meant by lawn renovation and how this process can be used to improve the quality of an existing lawn
- Describe the most common lawn weeds, why weeds occur in the lawn, and how to most effectively manage weeds using cultural practices and, if necessary, herbicides
- Describe the process of diagnosing common lawn problems and know where to find the most useful resources (books, websites) to assist in the diagnostic process
Students receive access to the course for 1 year from the time of registration to complete the course.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Please note that there are no refunds for open entry courses.