Students who successfully complete the Soils, Fertilizers, and Soil Amendments will be able to describe:
- Characteristics of a typical landscape soil and how it differs from native or agricultural soils.
- How soil organisms directly and indirectly benefit the soil and plant growth.
- Management practices effective in nurturing soil organisms.
- The relationship between soil texture, structure, pore space, and tilth.
- Effective management practices for sandy soils, clayey soils, and decomposed granite rocky soils.
- Effective management practices to prevent and reduce soil compactions.
- Considerations in selecting soil amendments.
- Procedures for home composting.
- Considerations in selecting mulch.
- Considerations in selecting appropriate fertilizers.
- Management of soil pH and iron chlorosis.
- Management for soil drainage problems.
- How to take a soil test.
- Gardening problems that a soil test will/will not help diagnose.
Students receive access to the course for six-months from the time of registration to complete the course. The time frames listed on the courses are recommended times of completion.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Textbooks and Materials
- The Science of Gardening
Not available at the CSU Bookstore