Your landscape is an integral part of your surrounding community and ecosystem; and it is continually evolving as it is impacted by the varying elements throughout your landscape, and those surrounding it. There is a wide array of insect pests that can travel from one landscape to the next, infesting our trees and yard. These insect pest infestations lead to a breakdown of the vegetation within our landscapes and leave them susceptible to diseases and further health concerns.
For most of us when we look at our landscape we see it in sections, a garden here and a tree or two there. So, while working in the yard we care for these sections individually, often without consideration for the impact they are having on one another. We often forget that insect pests can migrate through an entire yard; moving from the dying tree in your front yard to the fresh vegetable or flower garden out back and then onto the neighbor’s newly planted shrubs. This is were Integrated Pest Management (IPM), comes into the picture.
What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?
Integrated Pest Management is a preventative and treatment process, that utilizes an environmentally friendly approach to resolve pest issues within the environment. What does this mean? Simply put, when a Tree Medics arborist cares for your landscape we use a specific process that enables us to view your landscape as a whole and then carefully evaluate each piece of the puzzle, and how those pieces impact one another. This allows us to provide treatment options that not only correct the immediate threat but, prevent future health concerns. The goal of Integrate Pest Management (IPM) is to strengthen the entire landscape, so the conditions are favorable for the plants and vegetation, and NOT the insect pests.
The Benefits of Integrated Pest Management
The #1 benefit of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the long-term health of your landscape and the decreased use of chemical pesticides. IPM programs focus on the use of mechanical, cultural and biological controls, which are environmentally friendly, and only resort to the use chemical pesticides when it is necessary to eliminate the unwanted pests. If a chemical pesticide is used, then it is only used in conjunction with a mechanical, cultural and/or a biological control. By avoiding the use of harsh chemicals in your landscape you are reducing potential health risks for yourself, your family, and your community; while improving the overall health of your landscape and decreasing the risk of overspray and potential ground water contamination.
The use of IPM’s environmentally friendly methods, not only create a healthier environment but also provide you with a more cost-effective solution for combating common tree and landscape health issues. With an IPM program you are resolving health issues inside your landscape at the core and are generating an environment that can protect and defend its self against unwanted insect pests. Integrated Pest Management is a long-term solution, that greatly reduces the risk of bad insect pests returning and re-infesting your landscape. What this means for you? It means avoiding costly out of pocket expenses, such as tree removal and replanting when these pests have deteriorated the health of your landscape to such a degree treatment is no longer an option. This means reducing the chances of your landscape becoming resistant to pesticide treatments; which would require the need for even harsher chemicals and a more dramatic intervention method.
Integrated Pest Management is the more responsible method for effectively combating pest issues in our landscapes. An IPM program not only benefits the overall health of our landscapes and environments but protects our families, community, and common areas such as schools, playgrounds, and recreational fields from the harmful side effects contributed to over spraying of chemical pesticides and ground water contamination. These methods are also more cost effective and greatly reduce the risk of repeated re-infestations commonly contributed to pesticide resistance.
Give your local arborist a call today and ask them how their Integrated Pest Management program can benefit you. If you are located in the Greater Tampa Bay area or Hillsborough County, call the arborists here at Tree Medics, at (813) 407-9974, for an evaluation of your landscape and to further discuss how our IPM program will benefit you.