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Sports Turf Canada offering online courses in natural and synthetic turf management

Courses begin in November


October 21, 2021
By Turf & Rec

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Sports Turf Canada is offering a pair of online courses, starting in November, that will address the management and maintenance of both natural and synthetic turf fields.

Its synthetic sports turf safety and maintenance course is being offered Nov. 22-23 from 9-11:30 a.m. EST. The course will be of interest to those who manage or maintain synthetic sports turf and to those who wish to develop additional knowledge and skills in this subject matter.

Topics to be discussed include the history of synthetic turf, design of fields, identifying the type of field, understanding installation and drainage, field safety best practices, understanding infill, equipment overview, maintenance best practices and techniques, and troubleshooting common problems.

To learn more, including course fees, and to register, click here.

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The natural sports turf management and maintenance course will be presented Nov. 29-Dec. 2 from 9-11:30 a.m. EST each of the four days.

The course is designed to introduce the latest principles and techniques of managing and maintaining natural sports turf. The course will be of interest to those who manage or maintain sports turf, other turf areas, and those who wish to develop additional knowledge and skills in this important field.

Topics to be discussed include turf species and their uses, characteristics and benefits, emphasizing the latest and best varieties for particular uses; soils as a growth medium for turfgrass, including soil fertility, soil water movement and management of soils for better athletic field performance; cultural practices which enhance and promote good turf and improved playing conditions; water management including sub-surface and surface drainage systems, irrigation practices and systems, and the efficient use of water and weather information for managing improvements under water restrictions; an overview of the identification, monitoring and control of weeds, insects and diseases in sports turf; integrated pest management (IPM) programs to recognize and monitor infestations of weeds, insects and diseases, to identify thresholds, to reduce pesticide use, and to utilize biological and cultural methods to control/reduce infestations; renovation and restoration methods for poorly performing fields and best practices which promotes good conditions and improved maintenance practices; sports field construction including proper design, layout, orientation and the hidden aspects for good turf.

To learn more, including course fees, and to register, click here.