Summer turf grass maintenance training

The summer turf grass maintenance training focuses on best management practices (BMPs) for lawn/turf care maintenance. This training is about 4 hours long, including a test.

Topics covered in the training

  • How does turf management affect local lakes and rivers
  • Equipment calibration
  • Selection and application of fertilizers
  • Mowing techniques
  • Pesticide application tips
  • Best Practices for Turf Management
  • Legal issues and additional resources

You will also walk away with practical in-the-field materials you can use, such as a turf care matrix.

Who should participate?

  • Contractors maintaining private/public grounds
  • Employees maintaining park, cemetery, city and/or school grounds
  • Property managers writing contracts
  • Distributors of turf care products

Why is it important?

This class will help you:

  • Save money
  • Protect our lakes and streams
  • Get certified!

Class instructors include:

  • An environmental specialist
  • An academic turf expert
  • A field expert

Get certified

Testing for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Level 1 Certification: Summer Turf Care Best Practices is offered at the end of the workshop. The training will also include a voluntary commitment option to implement the Best Management Practices taught in the training.

A voluntary certification will be issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to participants who:

  • take the training
  • pass the test
  • voluntarily commit to implement the BMPs

The list of individuals given this voluntary certification to date is contained in the following document:

Training schedule

PDF icon Turfgrass training schedule (p-tr1-02)

Classes are seasonal. You must register with the event contact listed in training schedule in order to attend.

Course content questions: Carolyn Dindorf with Fortin Consulting 763-478-3606 carolyn@fortinconsulting.com

Turf grass maintenance manual and matrix charts

Helpful videos

Lawn maintenance videos for residents, homeowners, business owners and seasonal workers. Learn responsible practices to keep lawns healthy and attractive while preventing harm to our rivers, lakes, streams and groundwater. Produced by the Mississippi Watershed Management Commission.

Part 1:  Improved lawn maintenance: Good choices for clean water—Lawn care basics (23 min.)

Did you know that unhealthy lawns and poor lawn care practices can be bad for the environment? What can homeowners do to have a healthy and attractive lawn that will have minimum impact to water quality? If you care about the health of our waters, find out what you can do to minimize your impact on the environment as you manage your property!

In this video, you will learn about:

  • The life cycle of grass and how it relates to lawn care
  • Principles of healthy mowing
  • Core aeration
  • Principles of responsible watering

Part 2: Improved lawn maintenance: Good choices for clean water—Fertilizing your lawn (20:24 min.)

Did you know that unhealthy lawns and poor lawn care practices can be bad for the environment? What can homeowners do to have a healthy and attractive lawn that will have minimum impact to water quality? If you care about the health of our waters, find out what you can do to minimize your impact on the environment as you manage your property!

In this video, you will learn about:

  • Soil testing and how to read the soil test
  • What makes up fertilizer and how to read a fertilizer bag
  • How much fertilizer to use and how to apply it

Part 3: Improved lawn maintenance: Good choices for clean water—Weed control (16 min.)

Did you know that unhealthy lawns and poor lawn care practices can be bad for the environment? What can homeowners do to have a healthy and attractive lawn that will have minimum impact to water quality? If you care about the health of our waters, find out what you can do to minimize your impact on the environment as you manage your property!

In this video, you will learn to:

  • Identify weeds
  • Remove weeds without herbicide
  • Determine how much herbicide to use and how to safely apply it

For more information and supporting materials, visit www.mwmo.org/turfgrass.html

For more information

Brooke Asleson: brooke.asleson@state.mn.us or 651-757-2205