Turfgrass Pest Management: Training Manual For Comm Applicators - Category 3A (E2327)

April 2, 2012

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This manual is intended to prepare pesticide applicators in Category 3A, turf pest management, for certification under the Michigan Pesticide Control Act of 1976, as amended. This category includes the management of turf pests of landscape, recreational, and athletic turf. Included in this category are commercial applicators managing pests of golf courses, schools, parks, athletic fields, and private lawns. The "Commercial and Private Pesticide Applicator Manual: Certification and Registered Technician Training" (E-2195) which explains safety considerations, pesticide laws, and integrated pest management principles, should also be studied to prepare for certification.

Some suggestions for studying the manual are:

1. Find a place and time for study where you will not be disturbed.

2. Read the entire manual through once to understand the scope and form and presentation of the material.

3. Then study one section of the manual at a time. You may want to underline important points in the manual or take written notes as you study the section.

4. Write answers to the review questions at the end of each section. These questions help you learn and evaluate your knowledge of the subject. They are an important part of your study.

5. Reread the entire manual once again when you have finished studying all of the sections. Review with care any sections that you feel you do not fully understand.

After completing your study of this manual and the Core manual (E-2195), to become initially certified as a commercial pesticide applicator for ornamental pest management, take the core exam and Category 3A exam. To become recertified take the 3B recertification exam and recertification core exam. These exams are administered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture.  


Chapter 1: Principles of Pest Management


Monitoring Techniques


Economic Significance

Selection of Methods


Review Questions

Chapter 2: Care of Turfgrass

Requirements for Healthy Turf

Establishing Turf

Maintaining Turf

Review Questions

Chapter 3: Pest Management Techniques

Plant Resistance

Cultural Controls

Mechanical and Physical Controls

Biological Controls

Review Questions

Chapter 4: Pesticide Application

Selecting a Pesticide

Pesticide Application Equipment

Applying Pesticides

Record Keeping

Review Questions

Chapter 5: Application Calculations and Calibration

Area Measurement

Calibrating Application Equipment

Pesticide Calculations

Review Questions

Chapter 6: Pesticide Safety

Applicator Safety

First Aid Procedures

Safe Pesticide Handling

Public Relations

Review Questions

Chapter 7: Weeds of Turfgrass

Weed Biology

Weed Identification

Managing Turf Weeds

Review Questions

Chapter 8: Diseases of Turfgrass



The Disease Triangle

Turfgrass Disease Diagnosis

Predicting Disease Activity

Infectious Disease Management

Review Questions

Chapter 9: Insect and Vertebrate Pests

Insect Pests

Insect Management

Vertebrate Pests

Vertebrate Management

Review Questions


Answers to Chapter Review Questions

Emergency Phone Numbers

Tags: landscaping, lawn & garden, pest management, turf

Related Topic Areas

Landscaping, Turf, Integrated Pest Management, Lawn & Garden


Kay Sichenede

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