Landscape plantings, trees and shrubs, add significant value to your home. Our geographic area hosts numerous insect pests and diseases that can be fatal to plants when not monitored and controlled.
Listed below are the treatments we will perform for your ornamental landscape plantings. SPS’s comprehensive ornamental plant protection program addresses nutrition, insect control and winter protection.
SHRUB BED FERTILIZATION
In the Spring we topically apply a complete, slow release granular fertilizer to to all bedded plants and ground covers. Iron is applied to plants showing chlorotic conditions and lime is applied where a more neutral soil is desired. Clients who whish to suppress weed growth in their beds can have us apply pre-emergence herbicides at this time.
Often thought as the cure-all for insect problems, we apply a Dormant Oil based spray to do just that. We throughly cover all plants susceptible to scale and insect attack to mother over-wintering insects and egg masses to prevent and reduce insect populations during the growing season.
PREVENTIVE INSECTICIDE DRENCH
Our technicians inspect your plants and apply special insectides to the trunks and base of plants that will control certain insects for the entire season. This treatment is an integral part of a “plant protection” program that facilitates fewer foliar sprays into your landscape environment.
IPM INSPECTIONS / SPRAYS
Two Intergrated Pest Management inspections are scheduled during the Spring/Summer period to coincide with known insect activity. During these trips our trained technicians will inspect your plants that are susceptible to insect attack and treat only those that require treatment. This practice helps us keep your preventive program environmentally sound by elliminating needless foliar applications.
Cold winter winds suck moisture from broadleaf evergreens such as azalea, holly, boxwood, rhoddodendron, etc. We apply a synthetic polymer to coat the leaves of susceptible plants, enhancing their naturally existing polymer, to reduce water loss and winter burn. When approved by your nurseryman, these polymers can help protect new plantings and reduce their demand for water.