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Plantscapes, Inc.

Michael Nadeau Phone: 203-382-0335

President Fax: 203-382-0777

P.O. Box 320685 Website: www.plantscapesorganics.com

Fairfield CT 06825 Email: dcorra@plantscapesorganics.com

Service Categories: structural commercial school

landscape residential golf course

other: 

Plantscapes, Inc is a design-build-maintenance company based in Fairfield since 1980. We specialize in landscapes that respect the relationships between living things and their environments. Plantscapes, Inc. provides true organic land care and will soon be accredited by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of CT (NOFA) as Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals. NOFA is the same organization that certifies organic food. Michael Nadeau, one of the principals of Plantscapes, Inc. is a member of the Organic Land Care Committee of CT-NOFA that has recently created and published the first Standards for Organic Lawn Care, Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes. Michael is also a frequent lecturer on organic topics.

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

A method of scouting and monitoring to detect problems at their inception, enabling the land care professional to correct the problem when it is small and easier to control.

 

Is pest management performed on a specific schedule?

Yes. During periods of high disease and insect pressure, we scout the "hotspots" on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. We look for signs of insects or disease, set traps or indicator cards to monitor populations, and search for signs of beneficial organisms. Populations are monitored with site visits, sticky and pheromone traps, and GDD timing.

How are pest problems identified?

Visual identification.

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

Traps, scouting, resistant varieties, removal of plants that are chronically infested.

 

Do you use biological controls?

cannola oil, garlic oil, sulfer, neem, beneficial organisms (lacewings, soldier bugs), attract beneficial organisms with plants and pheromones.

 

Do you use borates?

Tick repellent, which dries them out.

Do you use synthetic chemicals?

Only during transition from chemical to organic maintenance, and only when absolutely necessary. The client signs a consent form.

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

Dormant oil (cannola); Soaps; Burn Out and Scythe (organic herbicides); Garlic oil; pyrethrum (organic); lime sulfer; corn gluten meal; bacillus thuringiensis; diatomaceous earth

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

Approximately 100 gallons D.O.; 25 gallons garlic oil; 1 qt. Neem; 8 gallons soap; 350 gallons Burnout; 1 Pt. Pyrethrum; 1 Qt. Lime sulfer; 10,000 lb corn gluten meal; 20 lb Bt; 100 lb DE

Does your company perform habitat modification?

Yes. Pruning to increase sunlight and air movement to control diseases; plant insectary strips to attract beneficial insects.

Do you use any physical or mechanical controls?

Copper strips for slug control; netting for deer; hardware cloth for voles, mice around trunks of plants.

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

North Country Organics ProStart 2-3-3 Organic and ProGro 5-3-4 Organic; Crop Production Services 5-4-8 and 7-2-4 Organic; lots of compost.

 

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

termites N/A

cockroaches N/A

fleas Borax

carpenter ants Pheromone traps

fire ants N/A

ants (indoor)

crabgrass corn gluten and cultural practices

dandelions leave them, or Burnout

How do you evaluate effectiveness of your pest management

Scouting and monitoring, sometimes with traps.

References: Jay Hen and Kirsten Baker: 203-367-0127; Janet Rickershauser: 203-226-5734; Sally Stone: 203-655-3178.