Even though certified arborists and plant tree specialists commonly agree upon the fact that tree topping is both dangerous and unnecessary, this tree care procedure is still often practiced today. However, despite its continued prevalence it should be known that there are far better alternatives to gaining the benefits, one might seek from tree topping. So today, I am going to explain what tree topping is, why you shouldn’t do it, and what alternative tree care options are available.
Whether you have a generational property or you’re maintaining a historic home for tours and events, the whole property makes a statement. Don’t just focus your efforts on the house and surrounding structures themselves: everything from the trees along the driveway to the trees in the backyard can be part of the experience. Here’s how to bring them to the forefront with estate management.
In our previous article, What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?, we discussed what Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is and the four controls used in IPM programs to treat and prevent pest issues within your landscape. These four controls are: biological, mechanical, cultural and chemical. Some of these controls are fairly self explanatory and easily understood. For example, pulling weeds by hand would be considered a cultural control. However, one control that is not as widely understood (and requires a special understanding or background before implementation) is biological control. So, today I would like to discuss in greater detail what a biological control is and how it may be used in your Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program.
What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?
Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is a preventative and treatment process, that utilizes an environmentally friendly approach to resolve pest issues within the environment. IPM programs focus on the use of holistic treatment and preventative options, so as to minimize the impact, exposure, and risks to people and the surrounding environment.