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Weed Control

Course CodeBHT209
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

STUDY ONLINE WEED CONTROL

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.

 

"This is the first correspondence course I have done and I have thoroughly enjoyed it and I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU. I appreciate everyone's effort in such a professionally-run organisation with seamless administration. The office staff's happy can-do attitude, their fast responses to all queries, tutor Shane Gould's quick turnaround in assignment marking and his supportive and motivational feedback and last but not least, the sound subject guides. Most importantly I hope my thanks and appreciation can be communicated to all the staff who have supported me long the way of my learning! I work full time and study on the weekend but really don't stop thinking about what gardening solution I need in order to answer my assignments every day of the week. Thank you for such a great learning experience and I cant wait to start the second half of my course!!"
- Skye


Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  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
    • 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
    • their effectiveness.
  7. Dealing With Specific Weed Control Problems
    • current industry practices for weed control
    • 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.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • Distinguish between different types of weeds, and identify common weed species, growing in your locality.
  • Explain characteristics of different weed control methods.
  • Explain the use of chemical herbicides to control weeds.
  • Specify appropriate weed control methods, for different types of situations.
  • Determine appropriate techniques for the safe application of chemical herbicide in a specific situation.
  • Explain different non-chemical weed control methods.
  • Devise appropriate methods for control of weeds, for specific problems, in both the horticultural and agricultural industries
  • Determine a detailed weed control program for a significant weed problem.

What You Will Do

  • 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.

 

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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.