In this module, the participant will learn how to prevent pest invasions by keeping plants healthy. The benefits of keeping lawns and landscapes healthy will be discussed, and the participant will learn landscape best management practices that maintain home landscapes at their optimum health.
This module teaches the participant the difference between helpful and harmful lawn and landscape organisms. The concept of integrated pest management (IPM) will be introduced. By the end of this module, the participant will be able to identify common helpful insects.
This module is designed to introduce the participant to the basics of Integrated Pest Management (IPM): its purpose, its advantages and disadvantages, its principles, and its keys to success. By the unit’s end, the participant will understand IPM principles, its importance and the importance of its techniques, and how an IPM program differs from a more conventional pest control program.
This module examines the reasons why landscape plants, trees, and grasses may fail to thrive. The focus of the module is not which management practices one should implement, but rather, what one should not do. This includes fertilization and irrigation, as well as selection, installation, and mulching. Knowing what not to do in the landscape will help the participant learn to prevent or anticipate pest problems.
This module examines the six major groups of organisms that cause problems for plants: insects, nematodes, fungi, bacteria, viruses, and weeds. Since distinguishing between pest and beneficial insects is a major component of IPM, this unit spends time focusing on both types of insect in the home landscape, and examining their anatomy and behavior. The same is done for parasitic fungi, single-celled bacteria, and viruses.
Landscape maintenance is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the Green Industries. As a landscape maintenance operator is on-site daily representing his or her company, the quality and efficiency of his or her work and relations with co-workers, clients, and supervisors is of the utmost importance. This module teaches the participant the necessary skills for maintaining a professional image, doing quality work, keeping thorough records, and getting along well with others.