WEED CONTROL BHT209

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LEARN WEED CONTROL 

This course assumes a basic knowledge of weeds, and from there develops your ability to diagnose and treat problems associated with weeds in gardens, amenity  landscapes, on farms and in natural areas.

There are many different ways of controlling weeds, and literally thousands of different weed species which might need controlling. It is always important to use the appropriate treatment for the weed(s) in question. Young weeds are far easier to control than older ones. Some chemicals, for instance will effectively kill certain weeds when they are in the early stages of growth, but will not control other types of weeds. You may need to be able to distinguish between types of weeds to determine whether the chemical will or won't work.

Over eight lessons you learn about both chemical and non-chemical control methods (mulching, burning, mowing), the use of spray equipment and safety procedures which should be followed.

Duration:   100 hours

COURSE STRUCTURE

The course is divided into 8 lessons as follows:

1.  Weed Identification: review of the system of plant identification, general characteristics of the weeds, further information, contacts, etc.

2.  Weed Control Methods: practical research on management of weeds, understanding terminology and the use of mulches

3.  Chemical Weed Control: review of commercial and domestic herbicides, determining what differentiates them, their availability and use.

4.  Weed Control In Specific Situations: understanding weed control strategies for particular situations, accessing first hand information about weed control from industry leaders and determining a weed control program for five different sites.

5.  Safe Chemical Application: reviewing what types of chemicals and application methods are used in the industry and the required safety procedures for the handling and administrating chemical herbicides.

6.  Non-Chemical Weed Control: determining any detrimental effects chemical herbicides have on the environment, reviewing non-chemical applications and their effectiveness.

7.  Dealing With Specific Weed Control Problems: looking at current industry practices for weed control and the effects on the environment, in relation to specific weed control problems.

8.  Developing A Major Weed Control Program: a practical lesson where the student can fully demonstrate their understanding of weed control by devising a weed management plan for a designated area.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • To distinguish between different types of weeds, and identify common weed species, growing in your locality.
  • To understand the characteristics of different weed control methods.
  • To be able to explain the use of chemical herbicides to control weeds.
  • To be able to specify appropriate weed control methods, for different types of situations.
  • To determine appropriate techniques for the safe application of chemical herbicide in a specific situation.
  • To be able to explain different non-chemical weed control methods.
  • To be able to devise appropriate methods for control of weeds, for specific problems, in both the horticultural and agricultural industries.
  • To be able to determine a detailed weed control program for a significant weed problem.

 

EXAMPLES OF WHAT YOU MAY DO IN THIS COURSE

* Observe and consider over 100 different varieties of weeds and prepare plant review sheets for different weed plants.

*Make up a list of information resources.

*Plant, grow and observe different varieties of weeds.

*Make drawings of young seedlings of at least fifteen different weeds.

*Speak/interview people who have to deal with weed control in their daily life.

*Visit a nursery, garden shop or hardware store that sells herbicides to the public.

*Visit at least one supplier of herbicides for industrial and agricultural use.

*Contact larger chemical companies for leaflets on different herbicides.

*Investigate at least two workplaces where weed control programs are regularly carried out.

*Visit and inspect different sites where weeds are a problem.

*Photograph different places that have been treated with weedicides.

*Contact your local Department of Agriculture or Lands Department for researching purposes.

*Visit several farmers who raise different types of livestock.

*Develop a 12 month guideline for an integrated weed control program for a particular site
 
 
Suggested Reading
Weeds by John Mason & Staff of AC Distance Education -an ebook  click for details
 
 
 
What is a Weed?
A weed is any plant that is growing where you don't want it. A weed will compete with your desired plants for light, space, water and nutrients. A plant could also be a weed because of a particular characteristic; it could be poisonous to stock or humans, it may act as a host plant for pests and diseases (of both other plants and/or animals), it may have damaging roots, or it could cause allergies. Any plant has the potential to be a weed.

There are many different ways of controlling weeds, and literally thousands of different weed species which might need controlling. It is always important to use the appropriate treatment for the weed(s) in question. Young weeds are far easier to control than older ones.

Steps in Controlling Weeds

  • Know what weed or weeds you are dealing with.
  • Know how those varieties grow, and what conditions they do and don't tolerate.
  • Create conditions which weeds don't like.

You need to consider whether you want to kill or just control the weeds. When you know these answers you can consider which method is best for your situation.

This course will show you a range of ways of controlling weeds -some natural, some not.

 

 

 

Weeds eBook Available

A good cross section of weeds are illustrated and reviewed. These are plants that occur in many parts of the world, and some are not always weeds. 


 

 

 

"Learn to identify and control weeds".

  • Understand weed control.
  • Develop your knowledge of weed control methods.
  • Taught by horticulture experts.
  • Study in your own time at your own pace.


 

 

Meet some of our academics

Diana Cole Horticulturist, Permaculturist, Landscaper, Environmentalist. Holds a Diploma in Horticulture, degree in geography, permaculture certificate and various other qualifications. Between 1985 and 94, Diana was a task leader with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. Since 2001 she has been chairperson of the Friends of Mellor Park (with Stockport MDC). From 2005 she has worked exclusively in horticulture as proprietor of her own garden design and consultancy business in and around Derbyshire; and at the same time as part time manager of a small garden centre. Diana has been an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable tutor with ACS since 2008.
Maggi BrownMaggi is regarded as an expert in organic growing throughout the UK, having worked for two decades as Education Officer at the world renowned Henry Doubleday Research Association. She has been active in education, environmental management and horticulture across the UK for more than three decades. Some of Maggi's qualifications include RHS Cert. Hort. Cert. Ed. Member RHS Life Member Garden Organic (HDRA) .
Marie Beerman Marie has been involved in horticulture since 2003. She completed a Masters degree in Horticulture at Hannover University in Germany in 2007, and has worked with ACS since 2011 She has co-authored of several ebooks including one on Roses and has a very sound knowledge and experience with horticultural science and research ranging from plant taxonomy and plant breeding to pest, disease and soil management.,
Yvonne Sharpe After initially studying a certificate in retailing in 1966 and years of involvement in amateur gardening Yvonne studied a series of horticulture qualifications throughout the 1980's and 90's, culminating in an RHS Master of Horticulture. Between 89 and 1994, she worked teaching in horticultural therapy. She founded the West Herts Garden Association in 1990 and exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show in 1991. In 1994, Yvonne joined the staff at Oaklands College, and between 1996 and 2000 was coordinator for all Amenity Horticulture courses at that college. Since leaving Oakland she has been active as a horticultural consultant, retail garden centre proprietor and sessional lecturer (across many colleges in southern England). In 2000, she also completed a Diploma in Management.


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