Our program is aimed at looking at the environmental factors and creating an inhospitable environment for pests, which in turn limits pesticide use and does not kill the beneficial insects. A niche ecosystem is also created in your backyard and symbiotic relationships will allow your plants and trees to thrive.
The goals of an IPM program are:
- Growing healthy plants, as they are much more resistant to insect and disease than a stressed plant.
- Making sure the habitat is one the plant can do well in, which means selecting the right plant for the right spot. We check soil pH levels, sun/shade requirements, and moisture level of site. We adjust the cultural factors for previously existing plants where applicable.
- Irrigation will be adjusted accordingly to water at optimal times of the day, along with the proper amount. Overwatering is just as bad as underwatering. Also, watering at the wrong time of day can bring on disease.
- Monitoring of the plant material on the property will be done and pesticides will still be used if monitoring shows they are needed.