Minnesota is home to 10,000 lakes and 92,000 miles of streams and rivers. This precious resource can be negatively impacted by the way we maintain our lawns, parks, or public spaces if we are not careful. When grass clippings end up in the street, or fertilizer and pesticides are over applied, or proper application techniques aren’t followed, unwanted contaminants can end up flowing downstream and into our water resources.
To assist property managers and owners, professional lawn care companies, city park departments, and others to understand the importance of using efficient and effective ways to maintain turfgrass, the Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is hosting a free live streamed workshop online. This workshop will provide the necessary training to help decision makers understand how to save money by using less materials, operate more efficiently, protect water resources, and be more conscientious of the environment.
Participants will be trained on how to use fertilizers and pesticides effectively to save time and money, as well as understand the life cycle of turfgrass and common weeds to more effectively manage turfgrass. Additional topics include learning how to properly take a soil sample and understand the results to select the proper fertilizer rates. Proper mowing techniques will also be discussed, focusing on how to protect the health of the turfgrass and minimize impacts on surface and groundwater. Participants will also receive a free manual to reference back and forth. At the end of the training, an optional certification test is offered in turfgrass maintenance best practices.
The workshop is free and will be streamed live on Thursday, July 23rd. For more information and to register, visit www.stearnscountyswcd.net/turfgrassmaintenance. Directions on how to participate will be emailed after registering.
This workshop is presented by Fortin Consulting and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Funding is provided to the MPCA through a grant from United States Environmental Protection Agency, Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Fund.
For questions or further information, please contact Brittany Lenzmeier with the Stearns County SWCD at 320.251.7800 ext.3 or via email at Brittany.Lenzmeier@mn.nacdnet.net.