There are thousands of species of weeds and many different ways to control them. This course is ideal for land managers, farmers, gardeners, spray contractors or anyone concerned with controlling weeds.
The Certificate of Weed Control is a professional development program that will help you to effectively and efficiently use best practice techniques to control weeds.
In this weed control course, you will learn about the different types of weeds, chemical herbicides, and safe practices to eliminate them.
You will also discover non-chemical weed control methods, and devise appropriate strategies for weed control problems in both agricultural and horticultural industries.
On completion of this course, you will feel confident to determine a weed control program for a significant weed problem.
Unit - Weed Control
Unit 1 – Weed identification
The binomial system
Plant Families and Species
Some common groups of weeds
General characteristics of the weeds
Unit 2 – Weed control methods
Weed control steps
Ways to control weeds
Mulch mats and shading
Fire, cultivation and plastic sheets
Types of weed problems
Fence lines and borders
Weeds in lawns and in garden beds
Vigorous, invasive creepers
Plants to avoid
Practical research on management of weeds
Types of weed problems
Unit 3 – Chemical weed control
Types of herbicide chemicals
Aliphatics and amides and anilides
Benzoics and bipyridyliums
Carbamates, carbanilides and dinitroanilines
Diphenyl ethers, nitriles and phenoxys
Ureas and uracils
Weedicides for the home garden
Selective Broad-Leaved Weed Killers
Unit 4 – Weed control in specific situations
Weed control strategies for particular situations
Weeds in turf
Methods of controlling weed problems in turf
Turf weedicides (herbicides)
The law in relation to chemical use
Commonly used commercial formulations
Weeds in plant nurseries
information about weed control from industry leaders
Unit 5 – Safe chemical application
Types of chemicals and application methods
Safety procedures for the handling and administrating chemical herbicides.
Safety rules for using chemicals
Safely storing chemicals and mixing chemicals
Cleaning up and disposing of chemicals
Basic first aid in relation to chemicals
In event of a pesticide liquid and powder spill
Keeping records what information should be kept
Spray machines (selection of pump and tank)
Calibration and constant tractor speed
Sprayer maintenance and clearing
The effects of chemicals on humans and animals
Acute and chronic poisoning
Unit 6 Non – Chemical weed control
Detrimental effects chemical herbicides have on the environment
Reviewing non-chemical applications and their effectiveness\
Biocontrol of pests & diseases
Advantages of bio-control
Disadvantages of bio-control
Unit 7 – Developing a major weed control program
Devise a weed management plan for a designated area.
Estimated duration 50 hours
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