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Total Landscape Care

Andrew Staudt Phone: 516-826-2097

Owner Fax:

749 Woodside Drive Website:

Wantagh NY 11793 Email:

Service Categories: structural commercial school

landscape residential golf course

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A full service landscape maintenance and installation company that promotes the use of environmentally beneficial products and practices.


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

The practice of being able to diagnose, identify and monitor problems or potential problems and secondly being able to respond to the problem (not the symptom) in an ecologically responsible way.

 

Is pest management performed on a specific schedule?

The schedule we use is Growing Degree Days ( G.D.D.) and phenological indicators

 

How are pest problems identified?

I scout properties using Growing Degree Days as a guide. I will tag a branch prior to treatment and note infestation before and after, or count larva per square feet (i.e. turf grubs)

 

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

Monitoring using Growing Degree Days and phenological indicators.

Do you use biological controls?

Compost tea

Do you use borates?

N/A

Do you use synthetic chemicals?

Round Up (glyphosate), Merit (imidacloprid)

 

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

Insecticidal soap, horticultural oil, Round up (glyphosate), and Merit (imidacloprid).

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

Used on an as-needed basis, applied with a backpack sprayer.

Does your company perform habitat modification?

We encourage customers to include evergreens in their plantings for bird habitat and nectar producing flowers for pollenators.

Do you use any physical or mechanical controls?

We do hand pulling of weeds in turf when practical. Recommendation is to lower soil nitrate level with aerobic compost tea and natural fertilizers. Also increase calcium in soil, corn gluten.

 

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

North Country Organics Pro-Gro or Plant Health Care Healthy Start. Major nutrient improvements from compost and compost tea.

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

termites N/A

cockroaches N/A

fleas N/A

carpenter ants N/A

fire ants N/A

ants (indoor) N/A

crabgrass hand pulling when practical, increase soil nitrate levels, corn gluten

dandelions hand pulling when practical, increase soil nitrate levels, corn gluten

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How do you evaluate effectiveness of your pest management

Weekly monitoring when infestations or outbreak are high quickly tell us how effective treatment was.

References

Dr. Richard Goldstein, Merrick, NY; Rita Condron, Westbury, NY.