Plant Health Care

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Be a Pesticide-Compliance Superhero!

What is a pesticide-compliance superhero? A pesticide-compliance superhero has impeccably clean and organized storage areas, no outdated pesticides, stellar PPE and a knack for avoiding spray drift and unintentional exposure to non-target plants, humans and natural resources. They pass inspections with flying colors and are viewed as exemplary. In the PHC industry, this is pretty […]

hundreds of spotted lanternfly adults

Catching Up With a Fast-Moving Pest: Spotted Lanternfly (SLF)

Basic biology and human assists collude for the rapid spread of SLF First detected in Berks County, Pennsylvania, in 2014, near the town of Pikeville, this phloem-feeding sap sucker, the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), now has breeding populations in more than 17 states. These include Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New […]

Applying a basil drench

Nurturing Urban Trees: A Journey Into Plant Health Care

Plant health care (PHC) is a comprehensive program aimed at managing the health, structure and appearance of plants within the landscape. It encompasses everything related to plant care, excluding removals and stump grinding. However, when we talk about PHC in practice, we typically refer to services that go beyond the realm of traditional tree work. […]

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So, You Want to Offer Plant-Health-Care Services?

Congratulations! You are about to enter what I consider the most fascinating sphere of arboriculture. Plant health care (PHC) involves research, investigation, diagnostics and treatments. Providing PHC services allows you to better serve your clients and their trees, developing long-term relationships and a source of recurring, high-profit-margin revenue. Best of all, PHC is all about […]

Pseudoinonotus dryadaeus, or weeping conk

Wood-Decay Fungi Part 1: Understanding Morphology

In this article, we are going to talk about fungal anatomy as well as how and where fungi (fun’ ji) attack trees, and how that in turn affects the trees and us. Then, in Part 2, we’re going to get into some species-specific identification. A quick note about the species I’ve selected. They are mostly […]

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