Property and facility managers, anyone who maintains park, cemetery or school grounds, and other turfgrass contractors can learn sensible ways to maintain turfgrass at a workshop Thursday, April 18 from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Dakota County Western Service Center.

Attendees will learn practices to save money and protect lakes and rivers while keeping turfgrass looking its best. They also have the opportunity to attain MPCA Level 1 Certification in summer turf care maintenance practices. Topics include fertilizer selection and application, pesticide application, equipment calibration, mowing techniques, environmental effects, soil testing, irrigation best practices, and more.

The City of Lakeville will share results of a project to plant alternative turfgrass with soil amendments. The purpose of the project was to reduce watering demand, maintenance requirements, and input demands, and increase infiltration rates and reduce corresponding runoff.

Lunch is provided.

Pre-registration is required by April 9. Email environ@co.dakota.mn.us or call 952-891-7000 to register.

Funding for the workshop is provided by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Fund and matching funds from Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization. Course content was created through extensive collaboration with local experts.