Sports Turf Canada has developed and partnered to provide courses that introduce the latest principles and techniques of managing and maintaining sports turf - both natural and synthetic. The Natural Turf classroom-based course is delivered throughout the year.

Upcoming events

    • 3 May 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 6 May 2021
    • 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • ONLINE

    INSTRUCTOR:  Tab Buckner, Township of Langley

    This course is designed to introduce the latest principles and techniques of managing and maintaining natural sports turf. The course will be of interest to those who manage or maintain sports turf, other turf areas, and those who wish to develop additional knowledge and skills in this important field.


    • Turf species and their uses, characteristics and benefits, emphasizing the latest and best varieties for particular uses
    • Soils as a growth medium for turfgrass including soil fertility, soil water movement and management of soils for better athletic field performance
    • Cultural practices which enhance and promote good turf and improved playing conditions
    • Water management including sub-surface and surface drainage systems, irrigation practices and systems and the efficient use of water and weather information for managing improvements under water restrictions
    • An overview of the identification, monitoring and control of weeds, insects, and diseases in sports turf
    • Integrated pest management (IPM) programs to recognize and monitor infestations of weeds, insects, and diseases, to identify thresholds, to reduce pesticide use, and to utilize biological and cultural methods to control/reduce infestations
    • Renovations and restoration methods for poorly performing fields and best practices which promote good conditions and improved maintenance practices
    • Sports field construction including proper design, layout, orientation and the hidden aspects for good turf

    The course is held over 4 days (2.5 hours each day).

Upcoming events

  • No upcoming events

If you're interested in hosting (provide a room for 15 people for, tables/chairs, some learners, a screen/TV monitor and a nearby synthetic and/or natural sports field) a course, please contact Sports Turf Canada at 519-763-9431 or or by filling out "Let us know where you'd like to see our courses being held" form.

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Sports Turf Canada

328 Victoria Road South

Guelph, ON    N1L 0H2


Office Hours Tuesday to Friday 8:30 - 3:30

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