Dakota County and the Vermillion River Watershed JPO are hosting a free workshop to teach property managers, groundskeepers, and other commercial and public turf managers sensible, cost-saving ways to maintain turfgrass. The workshop will be held Thursday, April 18 at the Dakota County Western Service Center.

Attendees will learn practices to protect lakes and rivers while keeping turfgrass looking its best. They will also have the opportunity to attain MPCA Level 1 certification in 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. In addition, City of Lakeville staff will describe results of their Legacy Park Conservation Turf project which demonstrates reduced maintenance requirements and expanded conservation benefits from alternative turf. Lunch is provided.

To register or for more information, email environ@co.dakota.mn.us or call 952-891-7000.

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 and Dakota County. Course content was created through extensive collaboration with local experts.