INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM)
Our IPM program emphasizes careful monitoring for pests and disease, while applying CULTURAL and BIOLOGIC controls when possible and limiting the use of CHEMICAL pesticides to only very specific and targeted application.
MONTHLY LANDSCAPE INSPECTIONS by a certified arborist serve to identify potentially harmful pests or diseases and then apply the least toxic and most efficacious controls with timing for maximum benefit.
In many cases, no further treatments are needed and can actually be harmful, causing phytotoxicity and destroying natural enemies of many pests. We prefer to watch for signs of significant disease or pest infestations and treat if and when necessary.
SPECIAL TREATMENTS may be needed for specific problems found in the current or previous seasons. COVER SPRAYS are NOT a part of our program. Such cover sprays result in excessive pesticide use and harm the natural controls (predator insects and mites). MITICIDE SPRAYS are only done with miticides that control eggs and immatures, thus leaving the adults for predator insects to eat.
SPRAYS ARE MAINLY USED TO CONTROL SPECIFIC FUNGAL DISEASES. Many fungal diseases can be prevented with systemic fungicide application by micro or macro infusion.
MOST INSECT PESTS THAT NEED TO BE CONTROLLED OR PREVENTED CAN BE MANAGED WITH SYSTEMIC INSECTICIDES