AGBB 2090 - Soils, Fertilizers, and Soil Amendments

  • Noncredit
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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
    David Whiting
    ISBN: 978-0-7575-9659-9
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore


Eric Hammond