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Course Description

Examine the biology, identification and control of weeds in landscapes, turf, field and ornamental nurseries, and aquatic environments. The biology of weed seeds, underground structures, life cycles, and adaptations for spread and persistence will be discussed and tied to opportunities for the management of weeds. Learn the various cultural, mechanical, chemical and potential bio-control methods available, and the impact of environment (weather, weed biology and other management practices) on each method in different situations. You will be provided with a detailed overview of the process of integrating different types of control tactics to manage weeds in a number of horticultural scenarios.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe how various aspects of the biology influence competition, weed persistence and spread, and optimal timing and methods of control
  • Identify common weeds in landscapes, turf and nurseries
  • Describe the correct use of various cultural and mechanical techniques to control weeds in landscapes, turf farms, and nurseries
  • Outline the correct use of control chemicals used in parks, golf courses, and landscapes in order to carry out pesticide and weed control operations safely and according to government regulations
  • Solve herbicide injury problems through application of appropriate herbicide modes-of-action
  • Develop and critique a weed management program that integrates cultural, mechanical and chemical control measures in landscape, nursery and turf

Course Topics

  • Weed Biology
  • Broadleaf Weed Identification and Biology (A-L)
  • Broadleaf Weed Identification and Biology (M-T)
  • Grass-Like and Grass Weed Identification
  • Cultural and Mechanical Weed Control & Introduction to IWM (Integrated Weed Management)
  • Chemical Weed Control
  • Weed Control in Turf
  • Aquatic Weed Control
  • Weed Control in Container Ornamentals
  • Weed Control in Field Grown Stock
  • Developing an Integrated Weed Management Program

Additional Requirements

  • This course is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course
  • You can expect to spend 8 to 12 hours per week to complete the course content, readings, activities, discussions and assignments.

Turf Management and Weed Management complete an area of focus in Turf Management.

Do not enrol in this course if you have successfully completed Weed Management in Horticulture (310-0010).


Assessment Item Weight
Quizzes (2) 20%
Discussion Topics (4) 20%
Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 15%
Assignment 4 25%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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