Organic Insect Management in Arboriculture: Theory, Practices and Pesticides

The notion of “organic” with respect to plant culture dates back to 1940, when Lord Northbourne (Walter Ernest Christopher James), a visionary agriculturalist, coined the term “organic farming” in his book Look to the Land. His concept of organic farming centered on an approach to farming that was ecologically balanced and sustainable. The operative principles […]

Business Of Phc, Part 12: Resources Roundup

Over the course of the past year, TCI Magazine has featured its Business of PHC series, aimed at helping to inform tree care companies of the advantages and technical aspects of starting up and operating a successful plant-health-care program. We’ve thrown a lot of information your way, and we hope it has motivated you to […]

National Mall and Memorial Parks Wood-Chip Project

A team from the National Park Service, under the leadership of Matthew Morrison, an arborist for the National Park Service who is responsible for managing the trees of the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C., recently completed a project of replacing the sod with a bed of wood chips for the entire urban […]

Where to Put Decay in Trees?

Any time a living part of a tree is cut open through pruning, or broken open through storm damage, the remaining area will likely decay. This article presents a way to think of pruning as “where to put decay into the tree.” (Photo 1) Most of us working in arboricultural or horticultural fields are aware […]

Business of PHC, Part 11: Scheduling and Fulfilling Contracts

Members of the crew have studied for and earned the appropriate pesticide applicator license, identification of the pests and diseases common to the service area is complete, marketing new services has led to initial conversations with clients and the first sale has been landed. What’s next? Communication and setting expectations First and foremost, clear communication […]

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