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Earth Works Organic by Saxon

Saxon N. Harrison Phone: 516-872-2858

President/Consultant Fax:

33 Adams Street Website:

E. Rockaway NY 11518 Email: EarthworksBySaxon@hotmail.com

Service Categories: structural commercial school

landscape residential golf course

other: Equestrian Centers/Stables using Biological Fly Controls and Repellants

Professional Organic Horticultural Service Company


What is your definition of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

We use OPM - Organic Pest Management - the natural form of IPM. We provide soil testing, use of amendments/fertilizers, pruning and natural weed control (all cultural practices) before the use of organic pesticides (such as beneficial insect release, Bt followed by pesticides made with organic derivatives)

 

Is pest management performed on a specific schedule?

Spring and late spring applications of corn gluten to reduce crab grass (weeds). Summer releases of nematodes to control various grubs (lawn care) and black vine weeval (landscape care).

 

How are pest problems identified?

We use a 30X scope to check the emergence of hemlock wooly aldegids from the cotton white egg satches and use various Delta Wing Traps (sticky traps) as well as various colored sticky traps (white, blue, red and yellow) to catch and hold insects for identification.

 

What practices do you use to prevent and/or control pests?

We use temperature Degree Day's (TDD) to monitor insect incubation/emergence.

Do you use biological controls?

Bt and nematodes.

Do you use borates?

N/A

Do you use synthetic chemicals?

No

 

What are the top 10 pesticides you use/sell/recommend?

Corn gluten, Bt, nematodes, pyrethrum, rotenone, vegetable based horticultural oil, horticultural soaps, garlic, hot pepper and diatomaceous earth.

If pesticides are used, how much are used per year of each?

Spot treatments by hand operated equipment to reduce drift. All pesticides used are non chemical and 100% organic.

Does your company perform habitat modification?

Pruning shrubs away from the house (foundation planting) to reduce insect entry to homes; installation of bat houses.

Do you use any physical or mechanical controls?

We use a device called a weed hound to extract broadleaf weeds from the earth.

 

What type of fertilizers do you use/sell/recommend?

Composted poultry manure, fish emulsion, seaweed, compost teas, green sand, iron, gypsum, sulfur, corn gluten.

What do you usually use/sell/recommend for addressing:

termites nematodes

cockroaches boric acid

fleas DE/ nematodes

carpenter ants N/A

fire ants boric acid, DE

ants (indoor) boric acid

crabgrass corn gluten

dandelions Weed Hound (mechanical)

other for grubs we use nematodes

How do you evaluate effectiveness of your pest management

In 10 years of operation we never needed chemical controls for insect or fungus control on lawns and landscape planting. We rate our programs an 8-9 out of 10.

References

Neighborhood Network, Long Island Horticultural Association (LIOHA), 90 Pennsylvania Ave, Massapequa, NY 11758. (516) 541-4321