Resources for Turf Professionals and the Green Industry

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There are a number of excellent resources for turf professionals and the green industry available online, but sometimes it can be hard to sort through all the noise to find the information you need. That’s why we’ve assembled 75 of the best turf resources for you all in one list. Whether you’re seeking tips on managing pests on your turf, searching for the best trade show in your area, or researching anything from ants to zoysia grass problems, there is a resource on our list for you.

Here you will find several sections, organized by the type of resource: blogs and online resource libraries, government resources, magazines, associations, conferences, and trade shows, digital tools, awards, podcasts, and books. Each section contains an extensive listing of resources for turf professionals that are sure to move your business or organization in the right direction; whether it be a landscaping company, golf course, sports field or even municipality.

Blogs and Online Resource Libraries

Turf Tips from the Purdue Extension

Covering current news and research findings on turf and turf pests: http://purdueturftips.blogspot.com/

University of Kentucky Turfgrass Science Website

Useful resources and information from the University of Kentucky Turfgrass Science program: http://www.uky.edu/Ag/ukturf/

Sports Fields Management website from Cornell University

Sports Field Management information focusing on safety: http://safesportsfields.cals.cornell.edu/

SportsTurf blog

Daily news for the sports turf world: http://sportsturfonline.com/category/daily-news/

Turfhacker.com

Nonconventional, minimalist turfgrass management blog: http://www.turfhacker.com/

Rutgers Turf Blog

Current research and information on all aspects of turfgrass; disease, pests, temperature variation, and more: http://turfblog.rutgers.edu

Landscape Management Blog

Business topics for the Landscape professionalL: http://landscapemanagement.net/category/blog-2/

Turfgrass Information Center

Michigan State University’s extensive database of turfgrass research: https://tic.msu.edu

NTEP National Turfgrass Evaluation Program

Turfgrass testing and evaluation reports covering disease, pest, fertilizer, and water performance of many grass types: thttp://www.ntep.org

Landscape Leadership Blog

Sales, marketing, and management topics for landscape company management: https://www.landscapeleadership.com/blog/

 

 

Government Resources

OHSA

United States Occupational Health and Safety Administration, providing information regarding government safety regulations, hazards, and establishing a health and safety program for your workplace: https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/index.html

EPA

Environmental Protection Agency, current environmental news and information regarding regulations, air and water quality, and general environmental topics: https://www.epa.gov/

Consumer Products Safety Commission

Current product recall information, product safety information for consumers, small businesses, and manufacturers: https://www.cpsc.gov/

USGS Water Data

Current and historical water data (water quality, groundwater, surface water, lake levels, and usage data) by state: https://www.usgs.gov/products/data-and-tools/real-time-data/water

Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

Agriculture business related information for Michigan, including regulations, licensing, pesticide certification, and training information: http://www.michigan.gov/mdard

Indiana State Department of Agriculture

Agriculture topics for the state of Indiana, including current news, licensing information, regulations, events, conservation data and more: http://www.in.gov/isda/

Illinois Department of Agriculture

Agriculture topics for the state of Illinois, including current news, events, licensing and regulations, testing information, and more: https://www.agr.state.il.us

 

 

Magazines

Turf Magazine

Keeping the industry up to date on trends, technical issues, best practices, marketing, sales, operational efficiency and human development: http://www.turfmagazine.com/

GCM magazine

Golf Course Management magazine; bringing readers the latest golf course management and turfgrass news: https://www.gcsaa.org/gcm

Green Industry Pros Magazine

Keeping landscape contractors and equipment dealers on top of the latest products, trends, and business strategies to help grow their business: http://www.greenindustrypros.com/magazine/gip/issue/2017/apr

Superintendent Magazine

Delivering in-depth, research-based news and product information for golf course superintendents: http://www.superintendentmagazine.com/

Parks & Recreation Magazine

Current events, news, and information for Parks Management professionals: http://www.nrpa.org/parks-recreation-magazine/

Sports Field Management Magazine

Invaluable resource for professionals that care for sports fields, including best practices, latest equipment information, and innovative techniques in sports field care: http://www.sportsfieldmanagementmagazine.com

Irrigation & Green Industry Magazine

Popular topics for the green industry professional, covering the latest in landscaping, irrigation technology, business management, and more: http://igin.com

Golfdom Magazine

Practical information for the Golf course superintendent covering topics of turfgrass and soil management: http://www.golfdom.com

Lawn & Landscape

Business, marketing, product, and research information for Lawn & Landscaping professionals: http://www.lawnandlandscape.com/magazine

 

Associations

American Sports Builders Association

National organization for builders, designers and materials suppliers of tennis courts, running tracks, natural and synthetic turf fields: http://www.sportsbuilders.org/

Outdoor Power Equipment Institute

The association of small engine, utility vehicle, and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers: http://www.opei.org/

Sports Turf Managers Association

Advancing professionalism in sports field management and safety through education, awareness, and industry development programs: http://www.stma.org/

United States Golf Association

The United States Golf Association is the United States’ national association of golf courses, clubs and facilities and the governing body of golf for the U.S. and Mexico. Together with The R&A, the USGA produces and interprets the rules of golf. http://www.usga.org/

National Recreation and Parks Association

The leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation, and conservation: http://www.nrpa.org/

Irrigation Association

The leading authority on efficient irrigation, providing advocacy, training, certification and support for industry professionals: https://www.irrigation.org/

Keep America Beautiful Inc.

Non-profit organization focused on inspiring and Educating people to take action to improve and beautify their community and environment: www.kab.org

Equipment and Engine Training Council

Non-profit association with the primary focus of addressing the shortage of qualified outdoor power equipment technicians. Providing certification, scholarships, and school accreditations: www.eetc.org

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

Dedicated to advancing the profession of golf course Superintendent, and promoting the game of golf: www.gcsaa.org

ASTM International

One of the largest voluntary standards developing organizations in the world, providing development and publication of voluntary standards for products and materials: https://www.astm.org

National Association of Landscape Professionals

National trade association for those who specialize in lawn care, landscape design and maintenance, irrigation, and indoor plantscaping: https://www.landscapeprofessionals.org

Outdoor Power Equipment and Engine Service Association

Providing and promoting industry growth, education, collaboration, and best practices for the industry: http://www.opeesa.com

Association of Professional Landscape Designers

Advancing the profession of landscape design through advocacy, standards development, certification, and recognition: https://www.apld.org

Professional Grounds Management Society

Providing education and professional development for grounds managers working in large organizations such as universities, municipalities, office parks, hotels, and landscape management companies: http://pgms.org

Indiana Professional Lawn & Landscape Association

Serving the Indiana Green Industry professionals with education, resources, maintaining industry standards, and advocating for members: http://www.iplla.com

Midwest Regional Turf Foundation

Supporting turf research and education at Purdue University: https://www.mrtf.org

Hoosier Golf Course Superintendents Association

Providing programs and services to promote the advancement of the golf course management profession: http://www.hoosiergcsa.com

Michigan Green Industry Association

Professional trade association serving the Green Industry of Michigan with education, certification, apprenticeship opportunities, special events, and publications: http://www.landscape.org

Mid America Green Industry Council

Providing education, certification information, participation in legislative issues, and promote the success of landscape industry professionals: http://www.magicouncil.org

 

Conferences & Trade Shows

GIE Expo

Green Industry and Equipment Expo. Features new products, demos, 850+ exhibits, networking and education opportunities: http://www.gie-expo.com/

STMA Conference

Sports Turf Managers Association Annual Conference and Exhibition includes seminars, workshops, and the latest technology on display: http://stma.org/conferences

Gateway Green Industry Conference

The University of Illinois’ Green Industry conference, featuring keynote speakers and educational breakout sessions: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/mms/gateway-green/

Indiana Green Expo

The largest green industry trade show in Indiana, offering workshops, seminars demos, and exhibits: http://www.indianagreenexpo.com

iLandscape Show

The Illinois and Wisconsin Landscape Show, held in Schaumburg, Il, features education, awards, and of course, exhibits: http://www.ilandscapeshow.com

MGIA Trade Show and Convention

Offers education seminars, certifications, and an extensive trade show floor: http://www.landscape.org/trade_show.cfm

 

Tools

Fleet Management Software for Turf Professionals

Tools to increase the efficiency of your team with automated task management for fleet maintenance, manuals, and ordering: https://www.toro.com/en/golf/myturf

Turf Assistant Golf Course Management software

Planning, management, and reporting software for successful Golf course management: http://turfassistant.com/

Asset Landscaping Business Management Software

An all-inclusive business management tool for landscaping professionals: https://www.include.com/products/asset

Aspire Landscape Business Management Software

Covering everything from sales prospects to invoicing and everything in between, Aspire is an all-inclusive software package for your landscape business: https://youraspire.com

GreenKeeper App for Turf Professionals

Designed exclusively for turfgrass professionals, you can track product applications, pests, weather, and product control expiration alerts: http://greenkeeperapp.com

 

Awards & Certifications

STMA Awards

Field of the Year awards for Sports Turf Managers: http://www.stma.org/awards-program

NGCOA Awards

National Golf Course Association’s outstanding member awards: http://www.ngcoa.org/pageview.asp?doc=2539

MRTF Green Awards

Recognizing outstanding member facilities who show the highest standard of environmental stewardship, cultural practices, and improvement of the turf industry: https://www.mrtf.org/awards/green-awards/

 

Podcasts

Dirt Monkey University

Covering topics including bidding, employee relations, taxes, licenses and avoiding business mistakes: http://dirtmonkeyu.com/podcast-2/

The Strategic Landscaper

Innovative business development strategy for the landscape professional: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-strategic-landscaper-podcast/id957034000?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Native Plant Podcast

Covering all aspects of native plants, featuring regular interviews with native plant experts: https://www.nativeplantpodcast.com

Landscape Live!

Landscape Management topics from business to plant types, including interviews with industry experts: http://landscapemanagement.net/category/landscapelive/

Lawn & Landscape Radio Network

Landscape Management podcast discussing pests, products, HR and business topics: http://www.lawnandlandscape.com/videos/category/podcasts/

 

Books

Sports construction manuals

This collection of maintenance manuals offers advice on maintaining and repairing a variety of sports courts and surfaces, including pickleball, running tracks, and more: https://www.sportsbuilders.org/publications/

Turf managers Handbook

A comprehensive manual for managers of turf of several varieties, the Turf Manager’s Handbook offers practical instruction for turf’s care and maintenance: https://www.amazon.com/Managers-Comprehensive-Practical-Instruction-Professionals/dp/B000KXT4PO

Turfgrass Maintenance Reduction Handbook-Sports, Lawns and Golf

A wealth of information is available in this handbook, specifically focusing on maintaining lawns, sports fields, golf courses, and parks. It offers instruction on topics such as soil prep, seed rates, planting, and more: https://www.amazon.com/Turfgrass-Maintenance-Reduction-Handbook-Sports/dp/1575041065

Turf Management for Golf Courses

Dr. James Beard’s all-encompassing work on the art of maintaining turf for the likes of the USGA (United States Golf Association) is referred to as “Beard’s Bible,” due to its value to groundskeepers and course managers around the globe: https://www.amazon.com/Turf-Management-Golf-Courses-2nd/dp/1575040921

Picture Perfect: Mowing Techniques for Lawns, Landscapes, and Sports

The definitive guide to the precision art of turf mowing and maintenance: https://www.amazon.com/Picture-Perfect-Mowing-Techniques-Landscapes/dp/1575041510

Controlling Turfgrass Pests

Filled with valuable information for those immersed in turfgrass culture and management, this reference offers the practical data needed to properly maintain turfgrass: https://www.amazon.com/Controlling-Turfgrass-Pests-Thomas-Fermanian/dp/0130981435

Turf Management in the Transition Zone

The area of turf that rests where temperature and precipitation vary greatly from season to season is known as the transition zone, and this book shares tips for maintaining this complicated area: https://www.amazon.com/Turf-Management-Transition-Zone-John/dp/0471476099

Fundamentals of Turfgrass Management

The essential book for turfgrass management, this is a must-read for anyone who has questions about fertilization, mowing, irrigation topdressing, pest management, and more: https://www.amazon.com/Fundamentals-Turfgrass-Management-Nick-Christians/dp/0470587318

Practical Golf Course Maintenance: The Magic of Greenskeeping

Anyone seeking tips for maintaining and operating a first-rate golf course should consult this practical, no-nonsense advice free of overly technical terminology: https://www.amazon.com/Practical-Golf-Course-Maintenance-Greenkeeping/dp/1118143744

 

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