IPM for landscaping

This month’s Ecological Landscaping Association newsletter has several IPM-centered articles that I thought were worth sharing. Although the ELA is located in Boston, MA, the IPM concepts can be adapted in other regions. Some of the articles worth reading include:

  • Utilizing Biological Pest Management: Managers at a nursery in Oxford, PA explain how they use the principles of integrated pest management to keep pests at a minimum.
  • Sudden Oak Death: This devastating disease has already killed millions of oak trees on the West Coast, but it also affects other landscape plants like rhododendron, which can be sold on the East Coast. Find out how to identify the symptoms and which plants to inspect for the disease.
  • Biological Control of Invasive Pests: Scientists have found ways to control several invasives through biological control, and they are still doing research on several others.
  • Reducing Tick-Borne Diseases in New England Using Integrated Pest Management: Don’t let the “New England” part of the title douse your interest in this article. Included are several ways to avoid ticks and plants that are less attractive to deer (one of the carriers of ticks).
  • Save the trees – stop their enemies: Although the Asian longhorned beetle and the Emerald Ash Borer have not yet reached southern states, states bordering the northeast, such as Virginia and North Carolina, are at risk. Learn how to identify these two pests to stop them before they spread too far.

The newsletter issue has a few other articles that may be of interest to nursery owners, as well.

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