Plants that need help
YardGuard is a program of periodic visits by a licensed plant health care technicians to monitor, identify, and treat landscape pests and disease. The goal is to encourage plant health and limit damage by insects and fungal/bacterial disease..
Organic and synthetic control products are applied as foliage sprays or by systemic soil injections.
Cultural problems, such as over-watering, pruning needs etc, are reported to the customer for corrective action.
Decades of experience working with plants allow us to predict the approximate timing of insect, mite and disease pests and effectively treat to prevent, or halt the problem.
Treatments to prevent disease from leaf, twig, and needle fungal diseases (i.e. blossom blights, dogwood anthracnose, apple scab) are applied before symptoms arise. In the event infection and visible damage is evident, curative treatments can stop further spread of disease. Timing is everything when it comes to disease control. Weather conditions drive the treatment schedule and have direct influence on the results. For instance, disease control on susceptible plants can be diminished by untimely rainfall or wind events. As an example, if extended rainfall occurs during the infection period, the results may be disappointing. Continuous rainfall causes disease to flourish and can also prohibit us from treating in a timely manner.
Systemic insecticide soil applications
Since human, pet, wildlife and environmental safety is our first consideration, we choose products and delivery methods that minimize off target exposure. Such as systemic soil injection to control damaging insects in a tree that is too tall to treat effectively. We employ the least toxic, most effective products available.
From time to time, we find plants infected with root diseases, evidenced by declining foliage or die-back. This may be the result of stresses on the plant from over watering, compaction, improper pruning, over-mulching etc. Our trained technicians can easily spot problems and may recommend lab analysis and/or treatments to prevent further spread of disease.
Installation and cultural problems like planting too deep, improper plant placement, poor plant selection, poor soils or improper watering practices all contribute to stress. At times, a correction by the landscape owner is necessary. There is much that can be done to support ailing plants, and we can help with information and treatments. An effective plant health care program is a cooperative effort between our customer and our team.
Trees and shrubs need adequate food in their root zones so they can thrive, not just survive. Our SuperRoots program provides the full range of nutrients, from micro to macro nutrients, essential soil acids, live soil microbes and much more. A spring and fall treatment will encourage blossoming and root development. The slow-release nature of this product means no surge-growth and extra pruning for you. SuperRoots Bio-fertilizer is a nutrient feast for plants.
Bees and other pollinators are vital
We are careful about insecticide use and only use products that are non- toxic to bees in spring when fruit and flowering trees are in bloom. For plant damaging larvae, we have access to materials that are OMRI approved for use on flowering plants, that are not harmful to bees. Later in the season, we may use products to control sucking/chewing insects on plants that are NOT blooming. If you are a bee keeper, we will pay attention to treatment timing and schedule treatments for cool mornings when bees are still roosting.