Plant Health Care is both a philosophy as well as the most effective approach to maintaining the health of any landscape.
While traditional landscape maintenance only address the health issues and symptoms after they arise, the Plant Health Care method focuses on maintaining the conditions required for a plant to remain healthy over the long-term.
The Plant Health Care approach ensures the plants are in an environment that will keep them healthy with minimal chemical applications reducing the environmental impact of landscape maintenance, and allowing for plants to achieve their full potential.
Applied properly, the Plant Health Care method will produce amazing results, far superior to traditional landscape maintenance.
The Plant Health Care method boils down to this:
Create the conditions required for a healthy plant, and the plant will keep itself healthy.
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How Does The Plant Health Care Approach Differ From Regular Landscape Maintenance?
- PHC is Proactive
- Correct Placement Of Plants
- Biologically Healthy Soil
- Reduced Chemicals
- Longterm Sustainable Plant Health
Proactive and Holistic Care
Plant Health Care is proactive. The proper conditions for the particular plant are created giving the plant what is needed for optimal growth and resistance to pests, disease and fungus.
this includes soil conditions, the microbiology of the soil, proper irrigation amounts, and a targeted nutritional schedule tailored for the specific needs of the plant species at that location.
The Right Plant In The Right Place
Being proactive also means making sure the plant is located in a location that it will not struggle to survive in. Every plant has it requirements for light, water and soil drainage, ignoring these requirements will lead to trouble and an increase in the amount of chemicals required to keep the plant healthy.
This term may sound odd, however soil requirements go far beyond dirt and sand. For a plant to thrive the soil must maintain the proper microbiology. Many animals require the proper microbes to be able to digest their food, fight off infections, and remain healthy, and plants are no different.
A balanced garden of beneficial bacteria in the soil is essential to ensure the plant has healthy roots that can make use of the nutrient and moisture available to it. Additionally problems with the soil microbiology will invite harmful micro organisms and other pests including parasitic nematodes, and harmful fungi that make a plant struggle and decline.
The Plant Health Care method creates a healthy soil with a thriving ecosystem of beneficial microbes that provide the best environment for your plant to grow.
When a plant has been planted in a location it can grow well, when the soil has be rehabilitated to have a healthy garden of microbiology, it will grow better and be healthier naturally. As a result it will require far less fertilizers and pesticides to remain healthy and thriving. Not only is this better for the plant, it greatly reduces the impact of landscape maintenance on the local environment. Less chemicals on the plants will mean less chemicals getting into the canals, bays and aquifers of our community.
By maintaining the conditions required for a healthy plant, the plant will keep itself healthy. With the proper soil biology, irrigation, lighting and drainage requirements any plant, shrub, tree, palm, citrus or ornamental will be able to achieve it's full potential and maintain it's health over the long-term with minimal chemicals.
The Problems With Traditional Landscape Maintenance
The traditional landscape approach is to simply put a plant on an intense fertilizer and pesticide schedule returning to see if the plant is healthy or not. Plants that do not have the proper conditions to begin with will require many times more chemicals to maintain a healthy appearance, and will never grow to their full potential.
This can add significant water pollution as the excess fertilizers and pesticides are washed into the bay and canals as well as over time damage the microbiology of the soil, further exasperating the problem.
The most overlooked item in traditional landscape maintenance programs is the soil health. While a traditional landscape maintenance program may involve improving the organic matter content of the soil, irrigation systems and fertilizers, they completely disregard the microbiology required for plants to maintain their health.
Roller coaster of health and problems.
Traditional landscape maintenance that rely on chemicals to keep plants healthy will ofter have cycles of problems as plants are more vulnerable to problems when changes in rainfall, temperature and pest loads occur.
Plant Health Care In Depth
Plant Health Care (PHC) is a process of scheduled preventative maintenance based on monitoring and use of cultural, organic and chemical tactics, to enhance tree, palm, turf and woody ornamental vitality. The plant and its requirements become the central focus, rather than responding to symptoms caused by pest presence, physical agents, or nutritional deficiencies. GreenTech addresses the basic causes of the reduction in plant health and provides corrective measures to promote plant health.
GreenTech was founded on the principles of PHC which is a total health approach to landscape and plant health. PHC recognizes that trees, palms and woody ornamentals are part of a greater landscape ecosystem and proactively addresses all aspects of landscape stewardship.
Essentially, PHC is an active early approach to a landscape, as opposed to a panicked reaction to a pest problem.
PHC maintains landscape trees, palms, turf and woody ornamentals by:
- Evaluating the landscape’s environment
- Noting causes of plant stress
- Maintaining plant health through cultural practices
- Investigating the landscape through monitoring
- Identifying and treating problems as they occur
- The following are examples of some common problems that GreenTech tries solve:
- Many plant problems are related to improper matching of the plant’s requirements to the landscape site.
- Plants may have been improperly planted.
- Plants may be subjected to improper maintenance techniques.
Often a combination of improper plant sighting (wrong plant / wrong site), improper planting and improper maintenance techniques can cause plant stress and decline.
GreenTech will also consider your expectations when deciding how to implement a PHC treatment program. One important question is when do you, the client, want to resort to chemical control of problems. Some clients will tolerate a greater percentage of plant damage before requiring action. Some clients will tolerate very little plant damage.
Treatment recommendations are then made to the client based on that client’s expectations. The key to a successful PHC program is communication between the client and GreenTech.