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Extension is expanding its online education and resources while in-person events and classes are canceled.

Roadside turfgrass installation and management - Online

This course is for contractors, maintenance operators and engineers, and provides lessons on salt-tolerant turfgrasses and low-input turfgrass management. The program is essential for contractors looking to establish salt-tolerant roadside grasses, applicable to any northern U.S. climate.

This self-paced training is offered via the course management system, Canvas. Students are required to complete the course within one year of their registration. It takes approximately 30 hours to complete the course.

Course topics

  • Roadside vegetation management in Minnesota
  • Turfgrass selection for roadsides in the Northern US 
  • Soil preparation for roadsides
  • Seeding roadsides
  • Sodding roadsides
  • Mowing principles and practices
  • Irrigation 
  • Fertilizing of roadsides
  • Weed control for roadsides
  • Diagnosing and managing problems

Event information


Eric Watkins, University of Minnesota Extension
ewatkins@umn.edu or 612-624-7496




Registration will be available starting June 1, 2020.

Professional development credits


Course sponsors

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


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