Enroll in our Installation and Management of Roadside Turfgrass course

By Kristine Moncada

Four different roadside turfgrass scenes from across the state of Minnesota

Do you have an interest in learning about roadside turfgrass? It's still winter here in Minnesota, so that means there's plenty of time to take a turfgrass education course from UMN Extension before the weather gets nice. Our Installation and Management of Roadside Turfgrass course is online and open for registration! Keep reading to find out if the course is for you.

Course overview

Roadside turfgrass plays many important roles in the environment that include public safety, water quality, erosion prevention, cooling in urban areas, dust reduction, and aesthetics. The UMN Turfgrass Science Team has developed a unique new online training course on the installation and management of this important part of the landscape. Dr. Eric Watkins of the University of Minnesota, along with former team members Dr. Jon Trappe and Sam Bauer, developed the course with input from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Why take the course?

Installation and Management of Roadside Turfgrass provides a series of lessons on establishing roadside turfgrasses and roadside turfgrass management. This training program is essential for contractors looking to establish roadside grasses in the state of Minnesota, and the content has been tailored to be applicable to any northern U.S. climate.

Students who are interested can earn 3 CEUs or 1 credit for the Roads Scholar Program from the Center for Transportation Studies.

Who should take the course?

This course is appropriate for anyone seeking knowledge about roadside turfgrass installation and management.

  • Contractors and operators who establish and maintain roadside grasses
  • Employees of state departments of transportation
  • City and county employees
  • Anyone with an interest in roadside turfgrass and its maintenance

There are no prerequisites needed to take this course.

What you can expect to learn

At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to understand the steps in establishing seed and sod on roadsides, as well as implement fundamental cultural practices for maintaining turfgrasses on roadsides. Specifically, you will be able to:

  • Explain turfgrass attributes that are useful in a roadside turfgrass installation
  • List the important steps of soil preparation in turfgrass establishment
  • Compare and contrast sodding and seeding as roadside establishment options
  • Develop sustainable mowing strategies
  • Design a watering program for the successful establishment of roadside grasses
  • Describe the benefits of proper fertility on turfgrass establishment and maintenance
  • Explain the importance of weed control on turfgrass establishment and maintenance

Course Sponsors

This course was developed with financial support from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Local Road Research Board through the project “Expanding the Success of Salt-Tolerant Roadside Turfgrasses through Innovation and Education."

For more information

Eric Watkins

612-624-7496 | [email protected]