This 3-credit online course is being offered in both summer and fall semester 2010. Summer session starts May 17 and runs until August 20. Fall semester begins September 7 and ends December 15. The course has weekly assignments and several opportunities for students to interact via message boards, wikis, etc. For registration information, please see http://www.cce.umn.edu/courses/HORT-1061.html
This course qualifies for 48 hours of continuing education for Master Gardeners.
Millions of acres across the United States are devoted to turfgrass. Parks, athletic fields,
The course content will focus on environmentally responsible turfgrass management. The course will begin with an overview of basic horticultural principles and then focus on turfgrass-specific topics. Audio programs will provide information you'll need to complete laboratory, essay, and forum assignments of the course.
You will learn how to identify common turfgrasses and then how to properly manage a home lawn in a sustainable way. The course will be presented entirely online and make extensive use of online discussion forums, wikis, and an interactive Flash
You will discuss important topics of turfgrass science, such as fertilizer runoff, pesticide use, and genetically modified turf. This course will also equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to maintain quality turf areas with reduced inputs, thereby reducing potential risk to the environment.
After completing this course, you should be able to
• identify at least three cool-season turfgrass species;
• list major turfgrass weeds;
• identify at least two major turfgrass diseases;
• list the steps necessary for seeding a lawn;
• discuss turfgrass fertilization options;
• list the environmental benefits of a lawn;
• list potential negative consequences of a high-input lawn; and
• communicate the concepts of sustainable home lawns.