Our Tree & Plant Care Philosophy
We have pets, children, and gardens at our homes too. We don’t think broadcast spraying of plants is good idea or the correct environmental approach. Broadcast spraying kills everything, even the beneficial insects that prey on the ones that damage our plants. The agricultural professionals learned in the 1980’s that if you kill all the beneficial insects there are no natural controls of the harmful insects, and that the harmful insects will develop resistance to higher and higher rates of pesticides.
That is why we developed a different approach to our spray program which we call Plant Health Care (PHC). Our licenced plant health care technicians are trained to inspect before they spray so we limit the amount of pesticides that are used on your property while targeting specific pest problems resulting in enhancement of your landscape while reducing insect pressures. We use spreader/stickers in all our sprays to increase effectiveness, decrease pesticide usage, and lengthen residual action. We also change our spray chemicals so insects do not develop resistance to our sprays.
We offer an Organic Plant Health Care Program which is unique in our industry. Our organic program is a monthly program using various OMRI labeled (Organic Materials Review Institute) products to keep harmful bugs in check.
Our plant nutrition program is tailored to root health and soil health. We all know the adage “healthy roots equal healthy plants.” We incorporate organic sugars and other foods for plants as well as soil organisms. Plant roots have evolved to live in synergy with soil organisms. In fact, roots exude substances that soil organisms use as food while they aerate the soil, break down organic matter, and make unavailable nutrients available to the plants. Many companies sell tree or plant fertilizer programs which are mostly cheap liquid nitrogen which just forces the plant to push vegetative growth. We don’t call our nutrient program a fertilizer because we are not trying to push as much vegetative growth as possible, we are not growing an agricultural crop. Pushing vegetable growth forces the plant to expend its energy budget in one area sacrificing valuable resources in other areas of growth such as biochemical defense, strong dense cell walls, root growth, and expending reserve starches. Plants that are forced to push excess vegetative growth have many negative effects, which have been shown through extensive university research, such as; more prone to insect attacks and infestations, weak woody growth, excess growth, increased storm damage, and decreased disease resistance.
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