Learn Soil Management
Soil management is the basis for healthy plants and conservation for future generations.
Understand the chemical and physical properties of soil and how this can help you to better manage soils in a sustainable manner - to improve productivity and plant health.
The soil is a living biological ecosystem that must be managed to the benefit of the crop and to the broader ecosystem of the region. The reason we investigate soil and its characteristics it to understand it in relation to plant growth, how to manage and manipulate it without causing damage, how to improve it generally or how to modify it for the growing of specific crops. Good soil conditions are critical to the healthy growth of most plants.
Nutrient levels, pH, salinity, depth, texture (properties of sand and clay), structure (form and arrangement), porosity (air space), consistence (the ability of soil to withstand rupture) and even colour can affect plant growth independently or interdependently.
Over eight lessons this course will develop an understanding of physical and chemical properties of soils, the ability to carry out simple tests and determine soil characteristics, and to decide ways of treating a soil to improve its ability to grow plants.
This course provides a credit in ACS qualifications, accredited through IARC.
The course is specifically designed for ornamental gardens, landscaping, container growing, and turf situations.