Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the modern approach to pest management that utilizes on a combination of landscape management practices. An IPM program involves the life cycles of pests, their impact on the landscape and economical pest control methods.
The IPM approach can be applied to both commercial and residential landscapes and involves a series of pest management decisions. Control measures include the use of pesticides, beneficial insects, cultural practices and the installation of alternative plant materials.
The four key steps of an effective IPM are 1.) determine the threshold of an infestation and the impact it will have on your landscape; 2.) monitor and identify the pests that are impacting your landscape; 3.) preventing an infestation of pathogens by maintaining healthy plants in the landscape and 4.) properly controlling the prescribed treatment .
If your trees are suffering from insect infestations and appear to be declining in health, you call Approved Tree Care for an evaluation of your trees as well as your landscape.