This module divides the insect pests of Florida turfgrass into three distinct groups: Leaf feeders, thatch feeders, and root feeders. All Florida turfgrass pests can be categorized in one of these three groups. The participant will learn correct monitoring and diagnosis techniques for each group.
This module discusses parasitic nematodes and how to sample for them. There are many types of pest nematodes, each of which causes different symptoms in turf and ornamentals. By the unit’s end, the participant will be able to identify a nematode infestation based on visual symptoms and know how to sample for the microscopic worms.
This module defines what a weed is. It explains why and how weeds invade turfgrass, examines weed life cycles, and gives tips on the cultural management of weeds. By the unit’s end, the participant will understand the conditions in which weeds live, be familiar with cultural management practices of weeds, and be able to classify and identify major turfgrass weed types.
This module discusses turfgrass disease, including the causes of disease, the conditions necessary for disease to thrive, and the influence of climate on disease development. The module also covers the identification and management of specific turfgrass diseases. By the unit’s end, the participant will be familiar with several turf diseases and know how to manage them.