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Ornamental Program

Well maintained landscaping adds 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 Spring we apply a complete, slow release granular fertilizer to all bedded plants and ground cover. Iron is applied to plants showing chlorotic conditions and lime is applied where a more neutral soil is desired. Clients who wish to suppress weed growth in their beds can have us apply pre-emergence herbicides at this time.

HORTICALTURAL OIL

Often thought as the cure-all for insect problems, we apply a Dormant Oil based spray to do just that. We thoroughly cover all plants susceptible to scale and insect attack to smother over-wintering insects and egg masses to reduce insect populations during the growing season.

PREVENTIVE INSECTICIDE DRENCH

Our technicians inspect your plants and apply insecticides 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

Pest Management inspections are scheduled during the Spring and 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.

WINTER PROTECTION

Cold winter winds suck moisture from broadleaf evergreens such as azalea, holly, boxwood, rhododendron, 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.