Turfgrass short course to be offered in Austin Feb. 16-20

A 5-day Turfgrass Ecology and Management Short Course presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be held Feb. 16-20 at the Travis County East Service Center, 6011 Blue Bluff Road, Austin.

Dr. Casey Reynolds, AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist in College Station, will present the educational workshop for anyone interested in the fundamentals of turfgrass physiology and management.

“This course is designed for professional turfgrass managers as well as anyone else in the green industry with a desire to learn the basics of how to properly manage turfgrasses with respect to growth, fertility, pest control, water use and water quality,” Reynolds said.

He said the course was held in College Station last year, but he plans to move it around the state to provide more accessibility for attendees.

During the training, attendees are exposed to the fundamentals of proper turfgrass selection, growth and maintenance, as well as the latest up-to-date information from a variety of Texas A&M University faculty.

To register, go to https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/Turf. Early registration through Jan. 30 is $450 and $495 thereafter.

Topics to be covered include: turfgrass physiology; identification, selection and establishment; mowing, fertility and other cultural practices; water use and proper irrigation practices; soil physical and chemical properties; water analysis, interpretation and implementation; pesticide labeling and Texas Department of Agriculture regulations; pest management; and spreader and sprayer calibration.

Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education credits will be offered.

For more information, contact Reynolds at 979-845-0603 or at casey.reynolds@ag.tamu.edu .