IPM (Integrated Pest Management)

Southern Blossoms’ IPM (Integrated Pest Management) program begins with a visual inspection of plants, followed by spot treatments applied directly to plants rather than in broad treatment. In our experience, we have identified the misuse of horticultural maintenance practices (including the overuse of fossil fuel-operated hedgers and trimmers) as the leading cause of disease and die-back and ultimate plant failure. Proper horticultural pruning practices mitigate this threat.

Our fertilization program uses a slow release nitrogen-based fertilizer that is applied 2-3 times a year, avoiding fertilization in the primary summer months to minimize nitrogen leaching. Southern Blossoms typically fertilizes in the spring and very end of the summer.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on common sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to humans, property, and the environment.

restoration & maintenance - integrated pest management