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Integrative Pest Management

Integrative pest management (or IPM) is a strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damages using a combination of techniques to properly identify and reduce pest populations, to maintain plant health, and to minimize the use and impact of pesticides.  

You may spot some minor signs that something is wrong with your tree like discoloration in some leaves. Or, your tree’s problem may be more complex and harder to detect. Plant health care is defined as a process of scheduled preventative maintenance that is put together based on monitoring and the use of cultural and chemical tactics to enhance tree vitality. Whereas, integrated pest management is a pest population management system that utilizes all appropriate techniques and information to reduce pest populations. When implemented in conjunction with each other, you can help to ensure that your trees are thriving and healthy.

The first step to properly implementing any integrated pest management plan and/or solving pest issues, is to determine exactly what you are dealing with first.

Horticultural Oil Spraying: The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Hemlock trees are not only an important part of the natural forest and an essential resource for the timber industry, but they are also a great ornamental addition to residential landscapes. The small aphid-like pests called Hemlock Woolly Adelgids are an invasive species that are a danger to hemlock trees. Horticultural oil spraying is often …

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September Landscape, Tree & Backyard Checklist

As we quickly head into September, and the temperatures see a pretty significant drop (especially at night), now is the time to implement some key backyard maintenance items. The mild temperatures in early September through the end of October are great for planting, cultivating, fertilizing, practicing pest control, and rejuvenating your yard. When making your …

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The Gypsy Moth Caterpillar Damages

As with many invasive species, the Gypsy Moth was accidentally introduced into Massachusetts in 1869. Years later in the early 1900’s, the Gypsy Moth had become widespread into New England states, eastern NY and the regions of NJ. Each year in June, we receive a flooding of calls from clients with Gypsy Moth infestations. Currently, …

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Proactive Vs. Reactive Tree Service and Shrub Care

When it comes to tree service and shrub care, there are several different practices that can be categorized as either proactive care or reactive care. Proactive plant management and care refers to systemic steps taken to prevent tree issues or illness. Whereas, reactive actions are steps taken to manage existing problems or threats. Proper preventative …

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