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Turf Care

Vocational qualification


£ 340 + VAT


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Produce optimum turf! A comprehensive introduction to the identification, selection, culture and management of turf for commercial, recreational or home use. Taking approximately 100 hours to complete it is suitable as a basic course for people working with turf, such as on a golf course or bowling green, or for keen amateurs who wish to make the most of their home lawns.




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  • Management
  • Biology
  • Horticulture
  • Design
  • Golf
  • Green
  • IT Management
  • Arboriculture
  • Botany
  • Skills and Training
  • Garden Design

Course programme

Lesson Structure: Turf Care BHT104

There are 11 lessons:

Introduction - Turf Varieties
Turf Grass Physiology
Turf Establishment
Turf Weed Problems
Turf Pests & Diseases
Turf Maintenance Techniques
Irrigation - An Overview
Playing Fields & Bowling Greens
Managing Established Turf
Establishing Ornamental Turf
This course is taught by:

Katie Freeth
BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, (University of Bath); RHS General Examination; FI Hort; MIfpra.

An experienced and professional horticulturist with extensive management skills gained internationally; experienced in landscape management, staff supervision and management, written and oral communication, horticultural knowledge and application, supported by organisational and administrative skills and attention to detail.

Katie brings 20 years experience in Horticulture and is an accomplished lecturer, horticulture consultant and freelance writer. Katie is a judge for the International Awards for Liveable Communities in the Whole City Category.
Katie also worked for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in France for approx 5 years first as a Sector Manager and then as an Area Manager; management of the cemeteries, peripatetic teams of gardeners (UK & French nationality) for the constructed cemeteries and memorials and static French nationality gardeners for small town/village plots.

Susan Stephenson
BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983.
City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984)
Management qualifications in training with retail store. Diploma in Hort level 2 (RHS General) Distinction.

Susan Stephenson is a passionate and experienced horticulturist and garden designer. She has authored three books, lectures at 2 Further and Higher Education Colleges, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of plants and garden design, and tutors many students by correspondence from all over the world.

Susan studied botany at Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) and worked in the trading industry before returning to her first love plants and garden design. She is therefore, well placed to combine business knowledge with horticulture and design skills. Her experience is wide and varied and she has designed gardens for families and individuals. Susan is a mentor for garden designers who are just starting out, offering her support and advice and she also writes, delivers and assesses courses for colleges, introducing and encouraging people into horticulture and garden design.

Susan is a Professional Associate and exam moderator and holds the RHS General with Distinction. She continues to actively learn about horticulture and plants and (as her students will tell you) remains passionate and interested in design and horticulture.

She also supervised the Area Arboriculture Team and was Exhumations Officer€“ in charge of collecting discovered remains and arranging identification (if poss) and interment of same.

Learning Goals: Turf Care BHT104

Identify the range of grasses and other species available for turf culture.
Explain the management of soils for growing turf.
Identify methods for the establishment of turf.
Explain the management of problems in turf including weeds, pests and diseases.
Explain maintenance practices used in turf management.
Plan the development of different turfs used for sport.
Develop plans to establish a turfed area.
Develop management strategies for the care of established turf.

Turf is unlike any other area of horticulture in one major respect: the plants are subjected to traffic!
Traffic can take numerous forms when we are talking about the wear and tear of turf. The most obvious examples might be vehicular and human movement. This should be extended to include all activity in which the turf surface is subjected to some sort of foreign physical contact.
Examples of traffic then, include:
Golf course -golf carts and buggy wheels which compact soils
human shoes, often with sprigs that rip and tear turf
golf clubs and ball which cause divots and ball marks or plugs.
animal grazing (which tends to be more of a rural problem).
Parkland -human use including walking, laying down, might include erecting temporary structures such as a marquee, tent.
ball games of all varieties.
irresponsible vehicle use.
animal use
The amount of damage caused by traffic is relative to the amount and type of traffic, but other factors such as environment and turf species are also important factors. The resultant damage that does occur is called turfgrass wear.

Additional information

Biology, Tissue Culture, Horticulture

Turf Care

£ 340 + VAT