By Mike Jiggens
The sports turf management and maintenance course from Sports Turf Canada will be presented December 1-4, 2014 in Lakeshore, Ontario at the new Atlas Tube Centre on Renaud Line.
The four-day Sports Turf Canada-developed course, which is also available for in-house delivery, will be instructed by Dr. Eric Lyons, associate professor of turfgrass science at the University of Guelph.
It has been 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 sector. The course offers a range of options to deal with issues such as restricted pesticide use, restricted water use, and how best to manage with limited financial resources.
Topics 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; renovations and restoration methods for poorly performing fields and best practices which promote good conditions and improved maintenance practices; and sports field construction including proper design, layout, orientation and the hidden aspects for good turf.