UMR landscape designer Melissa Keeney recently passed the Professional Grounds Management Society’s (PGMS) Certified Grounds Manager examination.
“I had just started in the landscaping business when I learned of PGMS," Keeney says. "I felt this is the place I need to be because it is more geared toward the in-house professional. It was a confirmation of my career, a good resource for starting out.”
The examination covers a core of basic principles of grounds management: insects and diseases, soils, trees and shrubs, turfgrass, chemicals and fertilizers and general management. The second portion of the testing process is an open-book examination based on the applicant’s personal experience and situation. Elements covered include site inventory, operations inventory, turf management, trees, shrubs and grounds covers, irrigation, pavings, management skills, and budget and finance.