Business Of PHC, Part 2: Elements of a Plant- Health-Care Business Plan

“How do you start a plant-health-care program? If you buy a spray rig and put it into your pickup, you aren’t exactly a plant-health-care professional,” says Chris Kemp, plant-health-care manager with Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service, an 11-year TCIA member company based in Eliot, Maine. “The blanket or cover sprays of the 1980s are a […]

Here Come the Basidiocarps: Seasonal Fruiting of Decay Fungi

Just like the seasonal progression of flowering in higher plants, the annual appearance of fruiting (production of mushrooms, conks, brackets and other fruiting structures) of wood-decay fungi is somewhat predictable. When decay fungi appear during the year can be a significant aid to identification. If nothing else, the timing of fruiting can help confirm the […]

Business Of PHC, Part 1: Plant Health Care: It Could Be the Shot in the Arm Your Company Needs

Take note: There’s a potentially lucrative source of income out there that your tree care business may not be taking advantage of, and it’s not as difficult to launch as you might think. We’re talking plant health care, or PHC, which is a natural extension for those in the green industry and a rapidly growing […]

Downsizing Spray Options: Good Things in Small Packages

Originally, Bob Houser’s wheel-mounted IPM Caddie was a tool for his own use. Then people started asking him about it. Now it’s part of a new business venture. The IPM Caddie is a wheel-mounted, portable spray system that includes a gas-powered pump and a 5-gallon tank on a cart. “It’s almost like a gas-powered backpack, […]

CSI For Bugs, Part 4: Diagnosing Discoloration and Distortion Caused by Insects and Mites

This article is the fourth in a series by the author designed to help arborists diagnose and understand problems caused by insects and mites on woody landscape plants. The first article, “Basics for Diagnosing Problems Caused by Insects and Mites” (TCI, November 2020), focused on using signs and symptoms to help pin down the identity […]

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