Featuring Spring, April 2023
Not meaning to alarm you, but we’re seeing an unusual uptick in unwelcome critters this year. When we don’t get snow, we’re usually in for more invasive species that don’t get killed by winter freeze. But there are other natural phenomena going on, too, and our only recourse is to address these invaders head-on before losing valuable shrubs and trees. It’s critical during odd weather years that we do an IPM inspection of your properties as we move into the growing season. Here’s what we’re seeing (pictures included so you can be on the lookout for them, too):
Aphids are nasty. They suck on foliage, turning them brown, then leave a sweet residue that ants (and fungus) thrive on. Lace bugs (such a pretty name!) do this, too, and we’re seeing more of them.
Leaf miners leave squiggly little ‘tunnels’ on plant leaves, thereby interfering with chlorophyll in leaves and ultimately photosynthesis.
Bagworms literally eat trees! ‘Nuff said.
Everybody knows these guys, but we’re already seeing them in larger numbers this year. What do they do to plants? Look closely!
Bugs aren’t the only invasive species. All manner of mold, fungus, and disease can damage or kill your turf, plants, shrubs, and trees.
Sustainable Landscaping Corner
WHAT EXACTLY IS SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING?
Most people have a general idea of what sustainable landscaping is, but what does it look like to actually implement a sustainable landscaping program? It varies, but a broad suite of options would include the following:
- All natural, 100% organic treatments: Organic fertilizers, weed control, and pest management are the healthiest way to feed your properties. They’re healthier for people and pets, too.
- Battery-operated equipment: We’re in the process of converting our fleets and equipment to 100% battery-operated. It’s a process: acquiring equipment, training crews, and ramping up electric supply. We’re getting there, though! Aside from reducing our carbon footprint, battery-operated equipment reduces noise pollution, too.
- Smart water systems: An irrigation system saves money, saves water, and keeps your grounds healthier. Even better is a smart water system that ‘intuits’ changes in weather and can be operated remotely.
- Waste removal best practices: Landscaping debris should be properly disposed of rather than left to grow rot, become unsightly, and block key drainage areas.
- Tick, Gnat, & Mosquito Control: Why treat your property with natural products, then spray toxins into the air? All natural tick & mosquito treatments are an integral part of a sustainable landscaping program.
Please call me if you need an IPM inspection or you’d like to hear more about our sustainable landscaping programs. There is so much we can do for you!