Masterclass (North Moreton) - Turf Management

 AoPH Masterclass Turf Managment

 The first recorded lawns were in Europe in the middle ages; initially they were cut twice a year by scythe. These first lawns were filled with wild flowers, and low mounds of turf were created for seating, which were sometimes planted with aromatic herbs such as chamomile. In the early 17th century, lawns began to be mown more frequently. The 18th century brought the design of even more expansive parks and gardens in the estates of wealthy landowners.  The invention of the cylinder or reel mower in 1830 made lawn maintenance easier to achieve, but it wasn’t until the growth of the suburbs in the early 1900s that lawns became widespread outside of parks, golf courses, and large estates.

In this course the following will be covered:

History of the lawn

Types of lawn

A comparison of lawn establishment from turf and seed

The turf care calendar - A comprehensive programme covering all seasonal maintenance activities to produce a high quality ornamental lawn

Autumn - use of a besom, autumn fertiliser application, scarification, spiking, topdressing, disease control, autumn lawn repair, autumn mowing techniques.

Spring - turfing, re-seeding, topdressing, spring fertilisers application, weed control, spring mowing techniques.

Summer - raking to control weed runners, weed killing, summer fertiliser application, irrigation, summer mowing techniques.

Use of turf care equipment - rotary and cylinder lawn mowers, besom, switch, lawn rake, landscape rake, lute, fertiliser spreaders, turfing iron, turf trimming box, edging iron, edging shears.

Grass identification - how to recognise common grass types.


Dates and times - This is a three day rolling programme, held on separate days in autumn, spring and summer.

next enrolment: 12th September 2019, 12 March 2020, 11 June 2020

This course runs from 09.30 to 15.30 each day.

What qualification will I get? On completion of the three separate sessions you will be given a course completion certificate from the Academy of Practical Horticulture.

What is the enrolment process? 1. Talk to us first to ensure that there is a place available on the course2. Complete an enrolment form on line, ensure you provide ALL of the details requested. 3. Payment options are: cash or cheque on the first day of the course, BACS or PayPal seven days before the start day of the course.

Cost: £295.00 plus V.A.T. at £59.00 for the complete course, total payable £354.00.

What else do I need to know? This is predominantly a practical course with some theory underpinning knowledge; therefore you need to wear comfortable casual clothing which should include safety footwear. It is also advisable to be prepared for inclement weather by brining waterproof clothing. You WILL NOT be applying commercial plant protection products at any point, however there are practicals involving the application of products (weed killers, fertilisers and fungicides) available to the amateur gardener. For those all necessary protective clothing will be provided.

What can I do after this course? You would be welcome to attend any of the short course or masterclasses that we offer, or perhaps (if not already studying one of them) one of the Royal Horticultural Society Courses at one of our centres.


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