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Archive for January, 2012

Winter Greetings!

There’s not a whole lot going on in most landscapes now but there are a couple things that everyone should consider doing at this time of year to ensure a healthy and vibrant landscape when springtime rolls around.

The first is a dormant and copper oil treatment. These are both natural products and a great foundation for healthy and pest-free shrubs and trees. Many insects lay their eggs on plants and trees in the Fall and the eggs overwinter and hatch in the spring ready to attack and munch on the tasty new foliage in your landscape. The dormant oil is sprayed onto plants and small trees,  including fruit trees, and it coats and suffocates these eggs preventing them from hatching in the spring. We also recommend adding copper with this treatment as it is a natural fungicide and helps to treat many fungal diseases from  taking hold in your landscape.

The second treatment that we recommend at this time of year is a systemic root injection for your large trees that are too large to spray or to take care of insects that are not controlled by foliar sprays. The insect control is injected directly into to root zone and the tree takes it in and moves it up the tree. Insects are controlled when the tree leafs out and it begins to feed on the foliage. The other major benefit of this treatment is that it minimizes other treatments as it offers full season control.

Both of these are excellent ways to ensure your plants and trees get a great start this spring and your landscape stays healthy and pest-free. They are preventative treatments that are very cost-effective.

I will be posting news and tips about plant health care throughout the year so stay tuned and keep checking back in.

Jim Zauner

Staff Horticulturalist

“An ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure”

Benjamin Franklin

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Jim Zauner

Last year we brought on 20+ year industry veteran Jim Zauner to lead our new Plant Health Care service and well, we thought it was time you meet. Jim is our go-to guy when it comes to any questions around fertility, diseases and pests in your landscape. With his many years of experience he can usually assess a situation fairly quickly (sometimes even over the phone or via email) and provide our staff with the reasons for the issue and how to resolve it. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is Jim’s modus operandi, meaning he will always first recommend the least toxic, effective methods first. Jim has helped us to develop a full service Plant Health Care Program featuring organic options through our EarthSense program which you can find here on our website.

Jim is a native Oregonian and lives in Canby with his wife Heidi and two stepdaughters. Jim’s strong work ethic, expert opinion and sense of humor has been a valued addition to the DeSantis team.

Jim will be writing seasonally relevant posts for this blog throughout the year so make sure you’re receiving our RSS feed to stay up to date how to keep your landscape healthy and thriving throughout the year.

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