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MSU Turf School

  • 13 Dec 2021
  • 8:00 AM
  • 16 Dec 2021
  • 5:00 PM
  • Graduate Hotel, Downtown East Lansing
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  • includes all class materials and lunches at the the Graduate Hotel.


The MSU Turf School is 4-day short course designed to teach the basics of turfgrass science as well as the practical techniques of managing turfgrass. The school will be "team taught" by MSU turfgrass faculty and staff. The curriculum is designed to deliver a wide range of turfgrass management topics including basic soils and soil management, turfgrass species identification, selection and physiology, turf establishment and renovation, fertilization, proper pesticide use, and environmental stewardship. A significant portion of the school is dedicated to weed, insect, and disease identification and management. The pest management section is delivered in lecture and laboratory settings with hands-on learning emphasized. The strength of the school lies within the depth of the turfgrass faculty at MSU. This will provide an excellent opportunity for one-on-one interaction between participants and the MSU turfgrass faculty. This is your chance to get to know the MSU Turf Team - all team members instruct, that includes.....Vargas, Rogers, Frank, Nikolai, Smitley, Merewitz, and Dykema - if you know the name but not the face, this is your chance to meet the team and get all your questions answered!

Who Should Attend?

Anyone looking to add to their turf knowledge - the school starts with the turf basics and expands from there throughout the week. Past attendees include golf course employees without formal training, lawn care company employees, turfgrass equipment technicians, industry sales representatives, and school employees responsible for grounds and athletic fields.

What is Covered?

Topics include: turfgrass species and cultivars including a hands-on identification lab, establishment and renovation, nutrition and fertilizers, weed, insect, and disease management including hands-on identification labs, turfgrass soils, cultivation, and compaction.

Where and When?

This year's school will be held Dec. 13-16, 2021 at the Graduate Hotel in downtown East Lansing. The school begins at 8 a.m. on Monday and concludes at 5 p.m. on Thursday. Hotel rooms can be reserved at the Graduate Hotel for $109/night. Click here to book a hotel room. Rooms can also be reserved by calling the Graduate Hotel at 844-888-4723 and mention "Michigan Turfgrass Foundation". 

Need Credits?

Turf School has been approved for 32 pesticide recertification credits in Comm. Core, 3a, 3b, and 6. 

How Much? Cost for the school is $650 and includes all class materials and lunches at the the Graduate Hotel. Registration is limited to the first 75 so reserve your spot now. If you cancel after Dec. 6 without a replacement there is no refund.

For questions regarding the MSU Turf School, please contact Kevin Frank at frankk@msu.edu

Michigan Turfgrass Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 27156, Lansing, MI 48909

The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation exists to promote safe, healthy turf surfaces for all Michigan residents.

Call or E mail Us

Office: +1 517 392 5003

E Mail miturfgrass@gmail.com


PO BOX 27156


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