Perhaps the most critical component of any Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan for urban trees is the role that tree health has on desired results. Far too often, an insect or disease pathogen is the target of our control focus while overlooking the overall tree health that may be contributing to the problem. The cultural recommendations that are part of an IPM management plan are often the most successful at solving our insect and disease problems. While we often resort to pesticides to solve insect and disease problems the cheaper and more effective management tool should focus on cultural issues that increase tree health. It should come as no surprise that ignoring such a critical component of any management system will often end in failure or unsatisfactory results.
Tree health begins with quality nursery stock that has the ability to thrive and not just survive. Multiple aspects of tree care; from proper planting and placement to pruning, fertilizing and watering all contribute to tree health. In addition, tree species have specific requirements that need to be fulfilled to allow them to thrive, grow and reproduce. Tree health is as complex as tree species themselves, but if we acknowledge the role it plays for pest management decisions, we will be able to save money while still bringing about our desired results.
How you can help
If you have a diseased tree specimen you would like to submit to the IPM program for identification, please fill out this form. You can submit the form in person at our office or online. Thank you.