TAG: Integrated Pest Management

Government Affairs: Crackdown on ‘cosmetic’ pesticide use

February 12, 2015By

Anti-pesticide forces are seeing some success in convincing local governments to ban “cosmetic” pesticides. The anti-pesticide activists define cosmetic pesticides as those used to make lawns and the general landscape look better. In other words, most of the pesticides used by the green industry. In July 2013, Takoma Park, Md., passed the Safe Grow Act of 2013, which generally restricts... read more

Study shows 60 percent of T&O professionals favor neonics

December 10, 2014By

A recent report provided neonicotinoids are the primary tools used by turf and ornamental (T&O) professionals to control destructive insect pests. The report, titled “The Value of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Turf and Ornamentals: The Value of Neonicotinoids to Turf and Ornamental Professionals,” is one in a series that will be released over the next few months as part of a... read more

Government Affairs: Lyme disease a problem, opportunity

August 4, 2014By

In June, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed bipartisan legislation designed to find solutions to the growing Lyme disease problem. Cases of Lyme disease are expected to top 5,000 in Pennsylvania when all the data for 2012 is compiled. Lyme disease, a debilitating condition caused by bacteria related to the syphilis bacteria, is a major concern for those who work outdoors... read more

Throwback Thursday: June 1998

April 24, 2014By

To some, Earth Day might mark an obligation to give back to the environment and community. For the Green Industry, there’s an added layer with the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Day of Service being held that same day, compelling companies to dedicate one workday to charitable giving. This year, 2,200 Day of Service volunteers completed around 90 projects in 24... read more

EPA funds projects to lower pesticide risk to bees

January 14, 2014By

Through Agricultural Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Grants, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is putting nearly $500,000 toward three university projects focused on reducing the use of pesticides as well as protecting bees from pesticides. The Agricultural IPM Grant money will be divided among Louisiana State University (LSU), University of Vermont (UVM) and Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). “These collaborative... read more

Landscape Live! Insight of the Night: Plant health care

January 2, 2014By

Last night on Landscape Live!, Barry Draycott of Tech Terra Environmental discussed the recent history of the treatment of tree, shrub and lawns for pests and how the process has evolved. It first began as a “cover sprays on calendar days” program, which was an “all in” system of just spraying wherever a pest might live. Integrated Pest Management (IPM)... read more