Lawn Mowing & Turf Care Short Course

Course CodeSGH13
Fee CodeSG
Duration (approx)20 hours
QualificationCertificate of Completion

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LAWN MOWING & TURF CARE

Lots of people mow lawns, but very few mow them really well.

This course teaches you to be a cut above everyone else – whether you are a home gardener, a tradesman gardener, a groundsman, mowing contractor or someone preparing to work in the horticulture industry.

It will teach you more about mowing grass than what most professional horticulturists ever learn; but beyond that you also learn to understand lawns, evaluate turf quality, maintain turf and manage the business of providing a turf care service.

Lesson Structure

  1. WHAT THE COURSE COVERS
  2. There are 5 lessons as follows:
  3. Lesson 1 TURF QUALITY
  4. What varieties
  5. In unexpected drought conditions
  6. Evaluating turf quality and needs
  7. Lesson 2 MOWING
  8. Mowing calculations
  9. Basic calculations
  10. Mowing
  11. Understanding how grass grows
  12. Understanding how lawn mowers cut grass
  13. Other considerations for mowers
  14. How to mow grass
  15. Before you mow
  16. Length of cut
  17. Direction of cut or pattern of cutting
  18. Other considerations
  19. Mowing newly established turf
  20. Raking before cutting?
  21. Collecting grass clippings
  22. Summary of points
  23. Cutting steep slopes
  24. Using growth regulators
  25. Problems that may occur by mowing
  26. Mowing safety
  27. Mowing and its impact on the environment
  28. Lesson 3 MAINTAINING TURF QUALITY
  29. Maintaining turf
  30. Maintenance tasks
  31. Turf/lawn aeration
  32. Soil pH
  33. Other ways to improve soils
  34. Weeding
  35. Dealing with pest and diseases
  36. Environmental problems in turf
  37. Watering
  38. Lesson 4 TURF EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS
  39. Types of mowing equipment
  40. Cylinder mowers
  41. Rotary mowers
  42. Tractor mounted
  43. Ride on mower
  44. Push type mowers
  45. Hover mowers
  46. Options for power
  47. Deciding what you need
  48. Mower maintenance
  49. Electric mowers
  50. Petrol mowers
  51. Changing mower blades
  52. Other turf maintenance equipment
  53. Edger
  54. Leaf rakes/vacuums
  55. Forks
  56. Rollers
  57. Wheelbarrows
  58. Strimmer/brush cutter/whipper snipper
  59. Spray equipment
  60. Should you buy, lease or hire?
  61. Lesson 5 TURF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
  62. Starting your business
  63. Before you start
  64. Be informed
  65. Developing a customer base
  66. Location
  67. Employees
  68. Equipment
  69. Finance
  70. Buying into a franchise
  71. Avoiding disputes
  72. Other services you might offer
  73. Legal requirements
  74. Professional advice
  75. Keeping business records
  76. Taxation
  77. Understanding contract law
  78. Developing your business
  79. Managing growth
  80. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR
  81. Gardeners – Tradesmen
    • Horticulturists
    • Turf Industry Employees (Mower shops, turf farms, etc)
    • Parks Staff
    • Sportsground Staff
    • Mowing Contractors
    • Home Gardeners
    • Students
    • Anyone planning to buy or establish a mowing business

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