Michigan State University Turf School
The course was designed to teach turfgrass science as well as the practical techniques of managing turfgrass. The school was “team taught” by MSU turfgrass faculty and staff. The curriculum delivered a wide range of turfgrass management topics including basic soils and soil management, turfgrass species identification, selection and physiology, turf establishment and renovation, fertilization, proper pesticide use and environmental stewardship. A significant portion of the school was dedicated to weed, insect and disease identification and management. The pest management section was delivered in lecture and laboratory settings with hands-on learning emphasized. The strength of the school lies within the depth of the turfgrass faculty at MSU. This provided an excellent opportunity for one-on-one interaction between participants and the MSU turfgrass faculty.
What was covered?
All things turf were covered. Topics included turfgrass species and cultivars including a hands-on identification lab, establishment and renovation, nutrition and fertilizers. Weed, insect and disease management including hands-on identification labs, turfgrass soils, cultivation, compaction and thatch including a hands-on soils lab.
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