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Shannon Tree & Lanscaping, Inc.

Richard C. Murray Phone: 301-593-7028

Arborist Fax: 301-593-7028

PO Box 2498 Website:

Silver Spring MD 20915 Email:

Service Categories: structural commercial school

landscape residential golf course

other: Arborist.

Our company provides urban tree and landscape management services, historic tree preservation, custom tree and ladscape installations, the care and training of young trees and residential consultations. We serve Silver Spring MD and surrounding areas.

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

A concept to control plant pests using alternative methods.

Is pest management performed on a specific schedule?

Did Not Respond (DNR)

How are pest problems identified?


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

1) Suitable trees/plants for suitable conditions. 2) Preference for natives 3) Good cultural pratices 4) Prevention and protection 5) Ability to adjust and compromise 6) Good sanitation habits


Do you use biological controls?


Do you use borates?


Do you use synthetic chemicals?


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


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


Does your company perform habitat modification?

Yes. Limit lawn and annuals from near trees, with preference for separate lawn, garden and tree areas. Also when possible, try to mimic natural conditions.


Do you use any physical or mechanical controls?

Yes. Some handweeding and hand control bulk vines. Use appropriate mulches/compost, in appropriate amounts, at appropriate times, protect soils, protect water drainage areas, etc.


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

We do use composts, and a variety of mulches including aged wood chips.

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

termites DNR

cockroaches DNR

fleas DNR

carpenter ants They can protect and benefit trees.

fire ants DNR

ants (indoor) none

crabgrass Accept some weeds and improve conditions for the grasses.

dandelions Accept some weeds and improve conditions for the grasses.

other Mow high and less often, don't bag, avoid fertilizers and aerate soil.

How do you evaluate effectiveness of your pest management

Highly successful! Since the start of my career in 1971, I have found people problems, mismanagement of trees, plants and habitats and misuse/overusage of fertilizers and pesticides to be a far greater problem than the actual pest.



Dr. Alex Shigo, 603-868-7459; Dr. Tolbert Feather, plant pathologist, 301-662-9315; Mary Pat Rowan, landscape architect, 202-526-8821