Join us for this half-day event to stay current, connected and informed about residential lawn care.
June 18, 2015
8:00am: Registration/Donuts, Juice & Coffee
8:30am—11:30am: Revolving Education Stations
University of Minnesota Turfgrass Research, and Outreach Education Center (TROE), St. Paul Campus—near the corner of Larpenteur Ave. W and Cleveland Ave. N.
- Spend a half-day outside at the University of Minnesota Turfgrass Research, Education and Outreach Center—approximately 10 acres of turfgrass research. This event is a great opportunity to see first-hand what is new in turfgrass research and to also become informed on emerging trends in residential lawn care.
- This day is geared to residential lawn care and will appeal to both lawn care and retail/garden center professionals.
- Revolving stations presented by faculty of the University of Minnesota will provide basic lawn care education for green industry professionals.
Faculty from the University of Minnesota will present the following topics:
Turfgrass Species Selection and Low Maintenance Grasses
Dr. Eric Watkins
Dr. Watkins will discuss the various attributes of common turf species that are used for lawns in MN. These species include Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, fine fescues, and tall fescue. Grasses that perform well in low maintenance environments will also be discussed.
Dr. Brian Horgan
Dr. Horgan will discuss the nutrients used in lawn fertility programs, including the primary and secondary macronutrients, as well as micronutrients. He will also discuss how to develop a season-long fertility program and considerations relating to the environmental fate of fertilizers.
Mr. Hollman will demonstrate how to properly conduct a soil test, including sampling and submission to a soil testing laboratory. We will also evaluate soil test reports and discuss how the reports will lead to changes in management programs. Different soils will be evaluated for texture and quality.
Mr. Cavanaugh will discuss the various weed species that occur in lawns, including some cultural and chemical strategies that will help to control these weeds. Often, specific weeds can be indicators of poor site conditions and management practices; we will discuss these weeds and the management practices that can be used to reduce the weed occurrence.
Calibrating Liquid and Granular Equipment for Applying Fertilizers and Pesticides
Mr. Bauer will discuss the proper steps that should be taken when calibrating liquid and granular application equipment. Many of the products that we use must be applied at specific rates, and proper calibration of equipment is critical to apply these products at the correct rate. We will also discuss common calibration mistakes and what to look for when making applications.
Turfgrass Maintenance Equipment
Mr. Krueger will demonstrate and discuss the various equipment that is used for lawn care. Specific equipment will include mowers, topdressers, aerators, dethatchers, and other turfgrass maintenance equipment. We will also briefly discuss care and maintenance of this equipment.
Parking is free. Please park in the grass along Gortner Avenue. Watch for signs. Click here for a map.
This event is outdoors - rain or shine. Please dress for the weather.
Please contact MNLA if you have additional questions - firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-633-4987.
MNLA Registration Refund Policy: For all MNLA education events, MNLA will gladly make a full refund of your registration fee if cancellation notice is received more than two business days in advance of the event. In the two business days prior to the event, a 50 percent refund will be given. No refunds will be given for no-shows or cancellations made the day of the event. Cancellations may be made in writing, by fax, or by telephone call received at the MNLA office during normal business hours.