Summer (Turfgrass Maintenance) Training

Class Name

Turfgrass Maintenance with Reduced Environmental Impacts

Training Topics

  • Best practices for mowing and seeding
  • Fertilizer selection and application rates
  • When to use herbicides
  • Equipment calibration

Who Should Attend

  • Private contractors and landscaping businesses
  • Property managers
  • Public works staff
  • Distributors
  • Crew leaders
  • Supervisors
  • Permanent and seasonal employees

Certification

Voluntary certification in Level 1 Certification: Summer Turf Care Best Practices from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

List of current certificate holders (PDF)

Cost

Free. Trainings are paid for by the Clean Water Act, Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Fund and the MWMO.

Lunch will be provided.

Contact

contacts@mwmo.org or 612-465-8780

Resources

Online Videos

Best Practices for Clean Water: Turf Grass Maintenance for Seasonal Workers — 18 mins.

Improved Lawn Maintenance: Good Choices for Clean Water- Part 1: Lawn Care Basics — 21 mins.

Improved Lawn Maintenance: Good Choices for Clean Water- Part 2: Fertilizing Your Lawn — 21 mins.

Improved Lawn Maintenance: Good Choices for Clean Water- Part 3: Weed Control — 16 mins.

Resources

Detailed information about all aspects of lawn maintenance. Used as reference documents at the training sessions:

Turfgrass Maintenance with Reduced Environmental Impacts Manual

Turfgrass Maintenance Best Practices Matrix

Sprinkler Calibration and Additional Lawn Watering/Irrigation Information

Turfgrass Maintenance with Reduced Environmental Impacts Manual Pages 37-41.

How to Calibrate Your Sprinklers

UF/IFAS Your Florida Lawn Program- How to Calibrate Your Sprinklers

Note: For Minnesota bluegrass lawns, 1 inch per week is recommended (subtract rainfall)

Soil Testing

University of Minnesota Soil Testing Laboratory

Fertilizers- How to Calculate How Much to Use

Turfgrass Maintenance with Reduced Environmental Impacts Manual Pages 30-36

Turfgrass Maintenance Best Practices Matrix

Fertilizer Equipment Calibration

Turfgrass Maintenance with Reduced Environmental Impacts Manual Pages 43-45

Calibrating Your Spreader to Ensure Accurate, Cost-Effective Fertilizer Application, University of Minnesota Extension

Oklahoma State University Extension Calibration Video

Weed Identification

Weeds, University of Minnesota Extension

Is This Plant a Weed, University of Minnesota Extension

Native Grasses and Wildflowers

Blue Thumb, Planting for Clean Water

MnDNR Landscaping with Native Plants