Plant Health Care & Integratrated Pest Management
Understanding Plant Health Care (PHC) is similar to understanding your own health. Plants, like humans, grow best when their needs are met. Plants and shrubs that suffer deficiencies are frequently prone to attacking pest. Unfortunately, more than ever before, trees and shrubs are subjected to a host of environmental stresses such as disturbed and poor soil, drought, bad planting techniques, soil compaction, air pollution and much more. If a plants needs are met, it will grow more vigorously and stronger, therefore enabling it to utilize its own defensive system to ward off the majority of pests it encounters. Basically healthy plants generally have less trouble with pests than plants growing in stressful environments.
The Rayal Tree Care Company’s Integrated Pest Management program establishes a long-term relationship with the homeowner, or landscape professional to satisfy their individual needs. Our experience arborist will design a care plan, which is customized to the specific landscape. Our goal is to improve the growing conditions, by applying environmentally safe treatments. This will correct small problems from eventually causing extensive damage and possibly irreparable loss of expensive trees and shrubs.
By proper plant identification along with proper diagnosis of insects, disease and nutrient deficiencies of plants, The Rayal Tree Care Company can make a difference in the health of your landscape plants. It must also be stressed that any successful sustainable plant health care program will included the cultural practices of pruning, watering, mulching and sanitation. Often overlooked, these practices are also vital to the health and development of your landscape.
Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) recognizes that the presence of a pest does not necessarily indicate a large-scale response. Small amounts of pest damage are natural and inevitable. In some instances pests are actually beneficial to the surroundings. In our area, we have observed the following insects causing moderate to severe damage to ornamental plants: aphid, whitefly, tent caterpillar, cutworm, scale and mites. All of these insect pests can be controlled successfully with natural, non-toxic substances. The use of non-toxic (except to target species) treatments insures that the natural insect predators (ladybug, lacewing, praying mantis and many others) continue to help us control the "bad" bugs.
Frequent monitoring ensures early detection of problems. A Rayal Tree Care Company professional is trained in the diagnosis of horticultural diseases and deficiencies. Each visit to a client's property will include a site evaluation of all trees and plantings. Any abnormalities found during these inspections, including insect activity and spotted, deformed, discolored, or dead leaves and twigs, should be noted and watched closely. The client is notified immediately of existing problems and the urgency for future treatments. PHC specialists assess the properties so that treatments are applied only when necessary and timed to the period of greatest effectiveness.
Providing a preventive care program for your landscape plants is like putting money in the bank. Regular maintenance, designed to promote plant health and vigor, ensures their value will continue to grow. Preventing a problem is much less costly and time-consuming than curing one once it has developed. An effective maintenance program, including regular inspections and the necessary follow-up care of mulching, fertilizing, and pruning, can detect problems and correct them before they become damaging or fatal. Considering that many tree species can live as long as 200 to 300 years, including these practices when caring for your home landscape is an investment that will offer enjoyment and value for generations.
Working with the homeowner, we will create a PHC Program, customized to the specific needs of your property from one tree or shrub to an entire landscape. Contact one of our many experience arborists for a consultation/walk through of your entire landscape. Remember a proper management plan will help maintain safe and healthy trees, which in turn provides a beautiful landscape for years to come.