Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management or IPM is a term you may have heard in the news recently. It’s not new; in fact it’s been around for quite some time now. To say it simply, IPM is a strategy to reduce the use of pesticides, and reduce insect, disease, and weed problems by focusing on preventing them by keeping your lawn healthy through proper maintenance. Eco Green has been practicing and teaching IPM to our customers from the start more than 20 years ago.

Lawns can protect themselves by using their own natural defence mechanisms, but it must first be in a healthy, stable condition. In order for turf to keep up its own natural defences, some helpful environmental conditions must be maintained.

Mowing

Both a dull mowing blade and an improper mowing height can cause your lawn to suffer stress. Allowing the lawn to get too long between cuts is not advisable and cutting it too short (scalping) is a sure way to damage your lawn. Mow regularly at a height of 2 1/2″-3″.

Fertilization

Healthy lawns need a healthy diet of regularly applied fertilizers. Knowing the best time of year to fertilize, and the right amount to use, aids your lawn in achieving balanced, healthy growth. Eco Green fertilizers change with the seasons and with changes in the weather so you know your lawn is always on the right diet.

The process of IPM works just like human health care… by relieving stress, improving the diet, and concentrating on early detection of problems. By practicing prevention, you can help produce a healthy stand of grass that will be less affected by and will recover more quickly from insects, diseases, and other invading, unwelcome guests.

Soil

Although often forgotten, plants require specific soil conditions for proper health. Lawns that are planted in poor soil or in a less-than-ideal location will have little chance of a healthy life span. Aeration conditions the soil your lawn grows in by reducing compaction and allowing air, water, and fertilizer to reach the root zone, where the roots can absorb them.

Watering

Beware…too much or too little water is often the biggest reason that your lawn may be struggling. Keeping a regular weekly watering schedule will go a long way to keeping your lawn healthy. Most lawns will require 1″ of water each week to maintain its colour and health. Lawns that are suffering drought stress quickly become targets for weed and insect infestations.