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Establish a turf surface


Level

3

Credits

10


Purpose People credited with this unit standard are able to: prepare soil surfaces for sowing and vegetative establishment; select turf species and cultivars; sow turfgrass seed; plant vegetative turf material; and maintain a newly sown or a planted turf surface.


Subfield

Sports Turf

Domain

Sports Turf Construction and Drainage

Status

Registered

Status date

17 October 2008

Date version published

17 October 2008

Planned review date

31 December 2013

Entry information

Open.

Accreditation

Evaluation of documentation and visit by NZQA and industry.

Standard setting body (SSB)

Primary Industry Training Organisation

Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP) reference

0037

This AMAP can be accessed at http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/framework/search/index.do.
Special notes
1 The standard relevant to this unit standard is NZS 8409:2004 Management of agrichemicals, available from http://www.standards.co.nz.
2 Definition

Enterprise standards – the standards and procedures set by the client or employing organisation for the establishment of a turf surface.
3 Assessment

This unit standard can be assessed against in either a sports turf or amenity turf context.


4 A Seed Analysis Certificate can be obtained from the local office of AsureQuality, or website http://www.seedlab.co.nz/services/market_access_certificates.cfn.

Elements and performance criteria
Element 1
Prepare soil surfaces for sowing and vegetative establishment for a turf surface.
Performance criteria
1.1 Surface preparation tools appropriate for the site are selected in accordance with enterprise standards.
1.2 Areas to be established are cleared of existing surface vegetation and debris in accordance with enterprise standards.
1.3 Areas to be established are cultivated to a consistent depth and tilth, and soil tilth is even and suited to the requirements of the seed or vegetative material, in accordance with enterprise standards.
1.4 Surfaces are contoured to meet the requirements of turf use.
1.5 Soil aeration or consolidation, and maintenance of nutrient and moisture levels are suitable for seed germination or vegetative establishment.
1.6 Cultivation tools are cleaned and stored after use in accordance with enterprise standards.
Element 2
Select turf species and cultivars for a turf surface.
Performance criteria
2.1 Characteristics of the turf species and cultivar selected are suitable for the expected use of turf.
2.2 Characteristics of the turf species and cultivar selected are suitable for local climate.
2.3 Seeding and vegetative propagation methods of establishment are compared in terms of the advantages and disadvantages of establishment time, labour, cost, establishment requirements of warm season grasses, machinery and equipment required, and the need for immediate use of the turf surface.
Range methods of establishment must include – conventional sowing, and at least two from hydro-seeding, turfing, plugging, sprigging, stolonising.
Element 3
Sow turfgrass seed.
Performance criteria
3.1 Certified seed is selected in accordance with Seed Analysis Certificate data.
Range purity, germination, age, endophyte viability.
3.2 Seed bag label information is matched with Seed Analysis Certificate data.
3.3 Seed type is confirmed visually as matching that selected from Seed Analysis Certificate data.
3.4 Amount of seed required is calculated from the Seed Analysis Certificate results, species recommended sowing rate or specified sowing rate, and area to be sown, to meet the requirements of turf use.
3.5 Seeder, if used, is calibrated to obtain uniform coverage at the calculated rate.
3.6 Seed is sown uniformly in prepared seedbed taking into consideration depth of sowing and seed size.
Range one of – broadcasting, drilling, hydro-seeding, dimple seeding.
Element 4
Plant vegetative turf material for a turf surface.
Range vegetative material must include one of – turf, plugs, sprigs, stolons.
Performance criteria
4.1 Source of vegetative material is checked to ensure it is free from pest and disease.
4.2 Source of vegetative material is derived from area comprising at least 95% of selected species.
4.3 Turf rolls, if used, are lifted without disintegrating.
4.4 Vegetative material is maintained in a viable state after harvest and prior to establishment.
4.5 Soil type in turf, plugs, sprigs, or stolons is compatible with the root zone medium.
4.6 Vegetative material is planted uniformly on the prepared soil surface.
Element 5
Maintain a newly sown or a planted turf surface.
Performance criteria
5.1 Maintenance of factors relating to surface environment and root zone meet requirements for successful establishment.
Range at least four of – fertility, moisture, light, temperature, wind, mulch.
5.2 95% of area sown or planted is established in selected species.
5.3 Bare areas occupy less than 5% of the surface area.
5.4 Pests, diseases and weeds are controlled in accordance with NZS 8409:2004 Management of agrichemicals and the turf species requirements.
5.5 Height and quality of cut is maintained within desired limits for establishment.
Please note
Providers must be accredited by NZQA, or an inter-institutional body with delegated authority for quality assurance, before they can report credits from assessment against unit standards or deliver courses of study leading to that assessment.
Industry Training Organisations must be accredited by NZQA before they can register credits from assessment against unit standards.
Accredited providers and Industry Training Organisations assessing against unit standards must engage with the moderation system that applies to those standards.
Accreditation requirements and an outline of the moderation system that applies to this standard are outlined in the Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP). The AMAP also includes useful information about special requirements for organisations wishing to develop education and training programmes, such as minimum qualifications for tutors and assessors, and special resource requirements.
Comments on this unit standard
Please contact the Primary Industry Training Organisation standards@primaryito.ac.nz if you wish to suggest changes to the content of this unit standard.

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