Most schools place great importance to the landscape and grounds associated with their buildings. A healthy and functional landscape complements the school buildings and enhances the learning and working environment. Pests and pesticides used in the landscape can migrate indoors, or affect children and adults who play or work in the area. This module, conveniently divided into four lessons, is specifically organized for landscape and grounds staff who have an important responsibility in the school IPM plan. The lessons discuss practices to maintain healthy landscapes and turf, physical, cultural and biological pest control methods, and identification of common landscape and turf weeds, insects and diseases.
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LESSON 1 | LESSON 2 | LESSON 3 | LESSON 4 | SAMPLE QUESTIONS
In this lesson you will learn about the basic concepts of integrated pest management for school grounds. We will cover the Zone Management approach, and the basic principles behind cultural, physical and biological controls. You will also learn how you can prevent pests moving into your campus by controlling the outdoor environment.
In this second lesson on turf management you will learn more about specific cultural practices. Mowing, fertilization, irrigation, soil analysis, aeration and overseeding will be discussed.
In this fourth and final lesson on turfgrass management you will learn about turf diseases. This lesson will also cover ways to help reduce turfgrass diseases and best management practices to maintain a healthy soil and turf area.
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The following presentations in this series were specially designed for your school faculty and staff.