- Insect Control
- Disease Management
- Deep Root Fertilization
- Pest and Disease Scouting
- Growth Regulation
- Soil Invigoration
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
In addition to our Organic Plant Health Care program, we practice IPM (integrated pest management) and understand that eradicating pests and diseases of plants is usually unrealistic. IPM primarily consists of methods used to prevent plant problems from occurring in the first place.
We follow these basic principles before we make an IPM control decision:
- Confirm there is a pest problem.
Evaluate plants for past or present signs or symptoms of pest activity; consider site-related issues such as soil type or drainage conditions, soil fertility, and other environmental conditions that are favorable for the plant.
- Identify the problem.
Effective pest management depends on accurate identification of the pest.
- Determine if control is needed.
Determine if the damage is severe enough or if the plant’s health is in jeopardy to warrant a management tactic. Furthermore, scout for beneficial insects. In most cases, they will be present and applying a non-selective insecticide would have an effect on their vitality.
- Choose a management method.
Preservation Tree will always consider physical or bio-rational methods first before we apply chemicals.
Creating Healthy Landscapes
Choose plants wisely
Select plants that are suited to the conditions in your landscape; i.e. soil type, sun/shade, and soil-moisture.
Plant with care
Help plants get a good start by installing them correctly. Poorly installed plants or over-applying mulch can result in weakened plants that are prone to problems.
Promote plant health
Healthy, vigorous plants are less vulnerable to damage caused by insects, mites, and disease. Proper soil testing is needed before applying fertilizers.
Keep plants well groomed
Broken, diseased or dead branches can harbor unwanted pests in your landscape.
Monitor pests and beneficial insects
Inspect plants regularly for unwanted pests. Accurate identification of the root of the disorder is essential for determining what management tactics are needed.