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Gardens Are...

Donald Bishop Phone: 888-526-7771

Owner Fax: 508-303-2086

100 Violetwood Circle Website: www.gardensare.com

Marlborough MA 01752 Email:  

Service Categories: structural commercial school

landscape residential golf course

other:  minimally managed habitats

Gardens Are... offers a full range of accredited organic landcare services from consulting to maintenance on residential properties. We also offer consulting and monitoring services for public and commercial properties. Speaking engagements are available.

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

IPM is a seven step process that is defined by circumstances and one of many tools we use. The steps include: 1. Identification 2. Monitoring 3. Knowing economic and aesthetic injury threshholds 4. Knowing correct treatments 5. Knowing correct time 6. Record keeping 7. Evaluation

 

Is pest management performed on a specific schedule?

No - controls are based on Growing Degree Days and updates from Extension Services.

How are pest problems identified?

Continuous monitoring by Gardens Are... and property owners. Traps are used if warranted. Specimens are submitted to university laboratories for verification.

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

Habitat modification, appropriate plant selection for the site, proper sanitation, and horticultural practices.

 

Do you use biological controls?

Entomopathic nematodes, Bt, compost

 

Do you use borates?

No.

Do you use synthetic chemicals?

No.

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

None at this time. We are looking into compost teas and various minerals allowed by the National Organic Program.

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

N/A

Does your company perform habitat modification?

Yes - pruning, removals, and transplanting.

Do you use any physical or mechanical controls?

Yes - we remove wasp nests when there is a danger to residents. Licensed Problem Animal Control agents are hired if other forms of wildlife need to be managed.

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

We custom blend fertilizers, minerals and soil amendments according to soil test results.

 

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

termites N/A

cockroaches N/A

fleas N/A

carpenter ants N/A

fire ants N/A

ants (indoor) N/A

crabgrass horticultural practices

dandelions horticultural practices OR enjoy them!

How do you evaluate effectiveness of your pest management

Plant health and customer satisfaction.

References

Please contact us for references.