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This course provides a series of lessons on salt-tolerant turfgrasses and low-input turfgrass management for contractors, maintenance operators, and engineers seeking knowledge about roadside turfgrass installation and management. The program is essential for contractors looking to establish salt-tolerant roadside grasses, applicable to any northern US 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.

Topics Covered

  • 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

Who Should Take This Course

This course is designed for contractors, maintenance operators, and engineers seeking knowledge about roadside turfgrass installation and management.

Registration

Accessing the Course

Upon completing your online registration, you will receive an e-mail confirmation of your registration. To access the course, please visit Canvas and login with your University of Minnesota internet ID and password. Once you have been enrolled, your course will appear on your Canvas dashboard.

If for any reason you do not have access to the course after enrolling, please contact ccapsonline@umn.edu for assistance.

Technical Requirements

Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer work best for this course.

Credit

Students will earn 1.0 Roads Scholar credit and 3.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

More Information

For content-related questions, please contact Eric Watkins at 612-624-7496 or ewatkins@umn.edu. For registration questions, please contact ccapsonline@umn.edu.

Additional information is also available on the CCAPS course web page.

Sponsors

This course was developed by Extension Turfgrass Science at the University of Minnesota, 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."