DIY Yards and Health

DIY Yards and Health
Helping the Do It Yourself home owner in making themselves and surroundings healthy

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Insects in my Trees

We often get calls with clients stating insects are attacking their trees and would we come spray them.

Before you have a chemical spray application done, make sure you really have insects...

August is a time when heat has had a lot of effect on the tree's ability to move water throughout the leaf canopy. Often the vascular system can not move enough water to support all the little individual cell membranes in that leaf. The result is the membrane dies and is blown out by the wind, creating an effect we call leaf tatter. This may look like insects are chewing on the leaves.

So before you spray, look for the actual insects at different times of day and inspect the actual damage for chew marks or the irregular shapes of individual cells.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

TruGreen and your Trees

TruGreen and Trees

Recently we have had a half-dozen calls asking us for a second opinion on a clients Tree health because TruGreen had told them the trees were infested with insects and needed to be chemically sprayed.

I examined two properties and another ISA Certified Arborist went to two other locations and did thorough examinations. In each case, the maximum we found was one to two scale insects and older bore holes.

Chemical companies are supposed to be in compliance with what is called IPM or Integrated Pest Management. This is environmentally conscious application of not advising clients to kill everything in the yard but exercise discretion by setting a Pest Threshold; the amount of pest that actually present a problem. We are not trying to kill everything in the yard, that amount of chemical destroys beneficial insects and actually creates a situation of dependence on chemicals.

Scale is equivalent to a tree having a cold, one or two scale insects is barely a sneeze. Bore holes remain for years after the larvae is gone. Please be aware of this sales strategy that uses fear to try and manipulate people into doing what is not actually the best thing for our trees.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Raised Garden Bed Help

Raised Beds take more care and to truly get nutrition out of your vegetables you need to focus on soil and growing environment.

The Green Team Booklet on Tree Health and Growing Nutritious Gardens has a simple to understand help on building better soil biology for your plants to grow in.

I'll be teaching free classes on this during the spring so check on the blog for post of a class near you or if you want a personal evaluation and review of your garden it's $39 which includes the booklet.
We also have Soil Testing available.

Next Raised Bed Garden Class: Evans Building Supply Eagle Idaho 10am Saturday April 15th

Friday, February 3, 2017

Idaho Gardening

I am very excited about this great solution to backyard gardening.

We've worked with many of you setting up garden programs with better quality soil. Getting that soil into backyards has often been very difficult. This new way of controlling garden soil is just what we've been looking for.
It's called the GARDENSOXX;
an elastic material with the toughness of landscape fabric, easy to fill with quality compost and a built-in drip system.

The SOXX can be any length. A three-foot section is simple to carry. Can be put anywhere, on top of your existing beds, in the lawn, on the patio, the options are limitless.

Weed control is essentially built in. The unit can be moved if needed as the sun changes angle at the end of the season.
Pricing is very affordable.

For more information email me at greenteam.ted@gmail