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Lawn Mowing & Turf Care

Learn to care for any type of turf – from golf and bowling greens to home gardens and rough mown parkland. The most time consuming, and perhaps important turf care job is mowing; and a lot of people mow grass regularly. Home gardeners across the world mow their lawns regularly, sportsground and parks staff mow grass every working day; and other people work as mowing contractors in often very well paid jobs.

Despite the amount of mowing that happens routinely, a surprising amount of mowing is not done properly. Many of the people who mow, just don’t understand the turf or the equipment properly. There is actually a big opportunity for “knowledgeable” mowing contractors and “turf professionals” across the horticulture industry. This course can be a very good way of setting yourself apart from others in this industry, learning things many of them just don’t properly understand, or practice.

 

WHAT THE COURSE COVERS

There are 5 lessons as follows:

 

Lesson 1   TURF QUALITY

What varieties

In unexpected drought conditions

Evaluating turf quality and needs

 

Lesson 2   MOWING

Mowing calculations

Basic calculations

Mowing

Understanding how grass grows

Understanding how lawn mowers cut grass

Other considerations for mowers

How to mow grass

Before you mow

Length of cut

Direction of cut or pattern of cutting

Other considerations

Mowing newly established turf

Raking before cutting?

Collecting grass clippings

Summary of points

Cutting steep slopes

Using growth regulators

Problems that may occur by mowing

Mowing safety

Mowing and its impact on the environment

 

Lesson 3   MAINTAINING TURF QUALITY

Maintaining turf

Maintenance tasks

Turf/lawn aeration

Soil pH

Other ways to improve soils

Weeding

Dealing with pest and diseases

Environmental problems in turf

Watering

 

Lesson 4   TURF EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS

Types of mowing equipment

Cylinder mowers

Rotary mowers

Tractor mounted

Ride on mower

Push type mowers

Hover mowers

Options for power

Deciding what you need

Mower maintenance

Electric mowers

Petrol mowers

Changing mower blades

Other turf maintenance equipment

Edger

Leaf rakes/vacuums

Forks

Rollers

Wheelbarrows

Strimmer/brush cutter/whipper snipper

Spray equipment

Should you buy, lease or hire?

 

Lesson 5    TURF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Starting your business

Before you start

Be informed

Developing a customer base

Location

Employees

Equipment

Finance

Buying into a franchise

Avoiding disputes

Other services you might offer

Legal requirements

Professional advice

Keeping business records

Taxation

Understanding contract law

Developing your business

Managing growth

 

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR

  • 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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Lawn Mowing & Turf Care Short Course Lawn Mowing & Turf Care Short Course
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