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A Natural Gardener: Puget Sound Organic Landscaper

Michael J. Swassing Phone: 206-841-5954

ISA Certified Arborist Fax:

PO Box 2435 Website: www.anaturalgardener.com

Bromarton WA 98310 Email: mswassing@earthlink.net

Service Categories: structural commercial school\

landscape residential golf course\

other: private natural area enhancement

Landscape and natural area planning, planting and grooming. On site consultations with a certified arborist and organic landscape designer. Organic land care.

What is your definition of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

We do not provide any chemical treatments. We are strictly organic. We encourage our clients to avoid pest problems by planning landscapes that will tend to thrive with minimal care.

Is pest management performed on a specific schedule?

We provide physical removal of weeds (digging and pulling) along with weed supression using organic mulches. We address tree diseases with proper pruning, organic nutrition and especially nutrition.

How are pest problems identified?

We are not a pest control service, we are a gardening service. We avoid pest problems by minimizing plant stress.

What practices do you use to prevent and/or control pests?

Planning ahead and avoiding conditions of stressed, infected plants in favor of thriving ones.

Do you use biological controls?

By creating wilder, friendly landscapes we get the benefit of the natural system of population controls.

Do you use borates?

We never have yet. If a boron deficiency were identified from foliar analysis then we would use a natural, organic source.

Do you use synthetic chemicals?

No

What are the top 10 pesticides you use/sell/recommend?

None

If pesticides are used, how much are used per year of each?

None

Does your company perform habitat modification?

We often improve landscapes to encourage the wildest variety of birds, amphibians and insects.

Do you use any physical or mechanical controls?

The pruning of trees to eliminate diseased limbs.

What type of fertilizers do you use/sell/recommend?

Raking in compost in the late winter followed by mulch mowing through the summer.

What do you usually use/sell/recommend for addressing:

termites DNR

cockroaches DNR

fleas DNR

carpenter ants DNR

fire ants DNR

ants (indoor) DNR

crabgrass DNR

dandelions DNR

other DNR

How do you evaluate effectiveness of your pest management

Extremely effective.

References

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