HORT345 – Amenity Turf Grass

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Module code
HORT345
Module title
Amenity Turf Grass
Prescription
The aim of this module is to develop student’s knowledge and skill in turf-grass establishment, monitoring and maintenance.
Programmes
  • SX1702
NZQA Level
Level 3
NZQA Credits
5
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
33
Self directed hours
17
Total learning hours
50
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Prepare soil surfaces in accordance with workplace procedures
Demonstrate understanding of site suitability of selected turf-grass species and cultivar
Sow turf-grass seed or lay turf areas in accordance with workplace procedures
Monitor, and maintain establishment of newly laid or sown turf areas in accordance with workplace procedures
Monitor and maintain established turf for a period of twelve weeks in accordance with workplace procedures
Content
- Soil surface preparation for; sowing turf grass seed, laying turf, seeding, hydro-seeding
- Tool and equipment selection and use
- Surface weed control, and debris removal and disposal
- Cultivation and consolidation depths and tilth, seed and turf requirements
- Contouring bed according to seed or turf requirements
- Fertilizer and watering requirements
- Clean, maintain and store tools
- Turf grass species selection, local climate, intended use
- Seed and turf, advantages and disadvantages; labour, cost, machinery and equipment requirements, time constraints with surface usability
- Seed and turf checks prior to sowing or laying
- Sowing seed
- Laying turf
- Monitoring and maintaining optimum growing conditions; soil aeration, soil water, soil nutrients
- Mowing newly established turf, appropriate heights for species
- Control pests, weeds, and diseases
- Cutting turf, required height, suitable mower
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Theoretical face-to-face and online sessions including tutorials, workshops, group activities, discussion, workbooks, independent learning, and assignments.
Assessment Criteria
Assessment in this module is competency-based. In order to pass this module, students must attempt and meet all the requirements of the competency-based assessments including carrying out all tasks in a safe manner and to industry standard.