Tag Archive | IPM

Bumper Crop Of Mosquitoes And Other Pests Expected

This year’s April showers left plenty of puddles in their wake. Perhaps puddle is an understatement. Rather, we had extensive flooding, which left a lot of standing water, and standing water is mosquitoes’ favorite breeding grounds. Besides being plentiful, entomologists expect an early hatch of these disease carrying insects. They carry everything from malaria to […]

Plant A Pollinator Garden

Theme gardens are becoming more and more popular. I shared information on building a cutting garden a few weeks ago. Today, I’m suggesting that you build a pollinator garden in another bed. We’re being told today that there’s a pollinator crisis. Bees, one of the best pollinators, are dying off and scientists have yet to […]

Make PHC Decisions Now While Bugs Are Dormant

Do you have a Plant Health Care (PHC) program in place for 2016? If not, this would be a good time to make the move. Going into the new year with a PHC program in place lets us attack your plants’ enemies while they are asleep. Most insects are dormant now, so, if you sign […]

There Are More Bugs Than EAB

The emerald ash borer’s aggressiveness has taken some of the heat off landscape pests that may appear more benign. However, these other pests are still around and need to be controlled. It is nearly impossible to completely eradicate an insect. However, they can be controlled. Aphids and scale never take a break from eating. That’s because they reproduce […]

What Bugs Bug Your Plants In Summer?

The answer to this is, “it depends.” Time period within summer, weather conditions, amount of foliage and many other factors determine which bugs are foraging in your plants during the summer. Aphids and scale never take a break from eating. That’s because they reproduce so fast that their progeny take over when the adults die […]

Integrated Pest Management vs Plant Health Care – What’s The Difference

The terms IPM (Integrated Pest Management) and PHC (Plant Health Care) are now part our horticultural vocabulary. While you may be tempted to use them interchangeably, they are not synonymous. IPM and PHC are concepts, not just terms. And, the two best ways to distinguish them is to remember that IPM is just one facet […]