Attend MSU’s Turf School short course in December

The MSU Turf School, Dec. 13-16, 2021, is four-day short course designed to teach the basics of turfgrass science as well as the practical techniques of managing turfgrass.

Dollar spot in lawn
Dollar spot in a Kentucky bluegrass lawn. Photo by Kevin Frank, MSU.

The Michigan State University Turf School is a 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.

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, including Joe Vargas, Trey Rogers, Kevin Frank, Thom Nikolai, Emily Merewitz-Holm, Dave Smitley, Nancy Dykema and Thomas Green. 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, establishment and renovation, nutrition and fertilizers, weed, insect and disease management, and turfgrass soils, cultivation, compaction and thatch.

Where and when?

This year's school will be held Dec. 13-16, 2021, at the Graduate Hotel in downtown East Lansing, Michigan. 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". 


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. There is no refund if you cancel after Dec. 6 without a replacement.

For questions regarding the MSU Turf School, please contact Kevin Frank at

How do I register?

Online registration is now available for the 2021 MSU Turf School.

For more information, contact Kevin Frank at

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