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.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Textbook and Materials
- The Science of Gardening
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