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Online Course: Garden and Landscape Pest Management

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Matt Bertone

Identification and Trouble Shooting

Insects, Diseases, and Disorders

6-week course: May 15 – June 25, 2023      Cost is $149


This fully online, asynchronous course is part of a series of Garden and Landscape Courses offered by The North Carolina State University Department of Horticultural Science. Each course in the series includes: Interactive forums, Hands-on activities, and Presentations by experts around the state. You can complete the courses on your own schedule during the 6-week period and you will have access to the course material forever!

This is NOT an Extension Master Gardener℠ certification course. If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer please contact the Extension Master Gardener Coordinator in your county for information on training requirements and volunteer opportunities.

Topics Covered:

  • Insects: common insects, insect identification, insect damage identification, how to encourage beneficial insects
  • Diseases: identify unhealthy plants, plant pathogens (fungi, bacteria, nematodes, viruses, parasitic plants), how diseases develop, how to diagnose disease, principles of plant disease management
  • Plant Disorders: plant nutrition deficiencies, weather damage, moisture damage, other abiotic plant disorders
  • Wildlife interactions with plants: common animals in the garden, strategies to reduce damage, planning for wildlife habitat
  • Diagnosing plant problems: 10 steps for gathering info, how to submit samples for diagnosis
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): how to develop an IPM plan; cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical techniques

Students will learn techniques and insights that will help them become experts in the garden and landscape.

This course is part of a series of courses to become a garden and landscape expert.

Complete all 5 courses and earn a Garden and Landscape
Certificate of Mastery from the NC State Horticulture Department.

The Garden and Landscape 5-Course Series includes:

Cost per Class:  $149

Registration for Garden and Landscape Pest Management: is coming soon.

Save more than $350 by registering for the entire series now for $399

Coming Soon:  Registration Information for
Landscape Design With Herbaceous, Woody, and Native Plants

For more information on the entire series visit our webpage