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Pest Management of Landscape Turf


Course Code: AL0403WA22

Pest Management of Landscape Turf

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Date & Time

March 28, 2022
9:00am - 3:30pm EDT (Log-in time: 8:30am EDT)


Troubleshooting pest problems is a skill customers expect (and demand) from landscape professionals and public grounds managers. Weeds, diseases, and insects are ready to attack weak turf and create an eyesore. In this one-day online class, you’ll learn how to effectively diagnose and treat insect, disease, and weed problems in turf. Instructors Rich Buckley (Director of the Rutgers Plant Diagnostic Laboratory), and Matt Elmore (Extension Specialist), make this class both fun and practical.

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Meet Your Instructor

Rich Buckley, Rutgers OCPE Landscape course instructorRich Buckley

Rich Buckley runs the Plant Diagnostic Lab and Nematode Detection Service at the Ralph Geiger Turfgrass Education Center at Rutgers. With decades of experience working in one of the leading diagnostic labs in the country, he is highly regarded as a leader in the field of turfgrass problem solving. After earning his BS in Entomology and Plant Pathology from the University of Delaware, Richard Buckley received an MS in Turfgrass Pathology from Rutgers University. In 2006, he received the Rutgers Turfgrass Alumni Association Achievement Award. In 2012, he was awarded the New Jersey Turfgrass Association Recognition Award.

Dr. Matthew Elmore, Rutgers OCPE Landscape course instructorDr. Matthew Elmore

Matt Elmore is an Assistant Extension Specialist in Weed Science with the Rutgers University Department of Plant Biology. Matt earned his B.S. in Turfgrass Science from Penn State University before moving south and earning an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee with a focus in turfgrass weed control. Prior to joining Rutgers, Matt was a Turfgrass Extension Specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife in Dallas, TX, where his research efforts explored new strategies to control problematic weeds and reduce irrigation inputs in turfgrass. His program at Rutgers will focus on novel strategies to control weeds with fewer pesticide inputs. The program will also focus on developing alternatives to synthetic pesticides and understanding the influence of management practices on weed competitiveness.


Pesticide Credits



DE, MA, MD, and NY: If you need pesticide credits in this state, you must register and notify Joe Canzano at least 45 days before the course start date. Call 848-932-7317 or send an email to joe.canzano@rutgers.edu.

NJ Certified Public Works Manager (CPWM) Credits

Early Registration Fee $195.00 Register on or before March 21, 2022 and save!
Registration Fee $210.00 After March 21, 2022
Cancellation Fee $35.00  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided.

Accessing this Online Course

This online course will be delivered via Zoom.

Equipment you will need to access this training:

  • A computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • Microphone is necessary if you'd like to ask questions.
  • Webcam is optional but not necessary
  • Speaker is optional but not necessary (you will be able to listen to the presentation by dialing in on your phone if your computer does not have a speaker)

Photo ID Requirement:

Each registrant will be asked provide a photo of him/herself holding their government-issued photo ID. This is required by credit boards so that you may receive credits for participating in this online course.

  • You will receive a reminder email prior to the start of the class with further instructions. Wait to receive these instructions before you attempt to upload your ID.
  • The photo must be clear enough that we can read your name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it.
  • After an OCPE staff member reviews the picture and verifies your identity, you will have access to participate in the course when it begins.


  • If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with co-workers.

  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with your co-workers or supervisor, you must update your account with a unique email address. Click the Register Online button below and sign into your account. On the left side toolbar, click My Account. On the drop-down menu, click Edit Profile/Password. Scroll down to the Email Address field (not the secondary email address field!) and enter your own, individual (not shared!) email address here. Click the Submit button at the bottom to save. If you need assistance updating your account, please email or call (848-932-9271, option 2) our Registration Department.

Note: Pre-registration is required.


Registration will close on March 25, 2022.

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Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Joe Canzano, 848-932-7317
Administrative Assistant: Beth Perez, 848-932-7483

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Who Should Take This Course?

If you are a professional in one or more of the following groups, then this course is for you!

  • Arborist
  • Cemetery Grounds and Maintenance
  • Gardener
  • Golf Turf Superintendent
  • Gold Turf Grounds Crew
  • Landscape Contractor
  • Landscape Supervisor
  • Landscape Professional
  • Nursery Owner
  • Nursery Professional
  • Parks Crew
  • Parks Supervisor
  • Pesticide Applicator
  • Public Works Crew
  • Public Works Supervisor
  • School Building and Grounds Supervisor
  • School Building and Grounds Crew
  • Anyone interested in getting involved in pest control in turfgrass environments


Attention U.S. Veterans

This course is approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill®. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.