Lesson 6: Weeds and IPM

  1. Learning objectives
    1. Identify two potentially weedy native plants
    2. Manage weeds through knowing their life cycle and cultural conditions
    3. Identify the key conditions and pests that are most commonly seen in native gardens
    4. Use IPM techniques successfully throughout the native garden and its lifecycle to address these 5 issues
  2. Homework review
    1. Collectively evaluate the rebates your clients are qualified for and share with class how these may enhance your business. How can the rebates offset the cost of garden improvements for your clients?
  3. Discussion: Weeds and their presence in native gardens
    1. Weed control is essential, especially for particular plant communities
    2. Techniques for weed control
    3. Natives can be weedy!
  4. Discussion: IPM as it relates to native plants
    1. IPM resources
    2. Thresholds
    3. IPM Solutions
    4. Identifying pests
  5. In-class exercises
    1. Use UC IPM website and share some pests you recognize from your client’s homes
  6. Resources
    1. University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program
    2. University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources Integrated Pest Management Plant Diagnostic Tool
  7. Homework
    1. “Response to client email” – Client A sends an email describing a problem in the landscape, including photos. Respond back to the client with an explanation of what they are seeing and your plan of action if you chose to address the issue. Include links for the client to help explain your positioning. Send your response to your instructor via email. (Client email and images can be found in the Materials section of this lesson.) 

Be ready to discuss in the next class.

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