turf care

One of a series of 100 hour "short" courses from the Garden Design Academy suitable for garden enthusiasts and all those dealing with plants on a professional level.

This is the ideal course for anyone wishing to undertake employment in a turf or lawn business, or as a landscape gardener. It is equally suitable for keen gardeners wanting to create a professional looking lawn for themselves.

You will learn the basics of turf grass varieties, soil management, cultivation techniques, irrigation and feeding of turfs used for different purposes.

You will also acquire more specialised knowledge of weed, pest, and disease control to complete a well rounded foundation in this popular area of study.

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the identification, selection, culture and management of turf for commercial, recreational or home use.

It is suitable as a basic course for people working with turf, such as on a golf course or bowling green, or for keen amateurs who wish to make the most of their home lawns.


Course content

There are 11 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction - Turf Varieties
  2. Turf Grass Physiology
  3. Turf Establishment
  4. Soils
  5. Turf Weed Problems
  6. Turf Pests & Diseases
  7. Turf Maintenance Techniques
  8. Irrigation - An Overview
  9. Playing Fields & Bowling Greens
  10. Managing Established Turf
  11. Establishing Ornamental Turf

This course provides approximately 100 hours of study. Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the Academy, marked by the Academy's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments and if necessary, extra reading.

You will be working with Colin Elliott, award-winning garden designer, landscaper, horticulturist and passionate plantsman.


By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Identify a range of grasses and other species available for turf culture.
  • Explain the management of soils for growing turf.
  • Identify methods for the establishment of turf.
  • Explain the management and control of problems in turf including weeds, pests and diseases.
  • Explain maintenance practices used in turf management.
  • Plan the development of different turfs used for sport.
  • Develop plans to establish a turfed area.
  • Develop management strategies for the care of established turf.


Turf care - Course cost: £ 380

OR two payments of £ 215

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  • Lawn careLawn care
  • Lawn mowerLawn mower
  • Fine turfFine turf