Dormant Oil For IPM

magnolia scale We’ve got milder temperatures starting and yes, it’s still a good time to get some dormant oil applications on in many areas of southern Ontario (Photo: overwintering nymphs of magnolia scale).

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Spring is Springing!

It was quite the wait wasn’t it? After witnessing one of the warmest February’s on record, March was quite a shock. But we seem to be on track now with a warming trend on the 7 day weather forecasts.  Night time low’s will be mostly above 0C.  Which means we will be accumulating some much needs heat units (Growing Degree Days) this week.

Where the Silver maples are in full bloom, red maples and pussy willow are beginning to bloom, we are between 1-25 GDD’s Base 10C.  Want to make this even easier?  Go to the Apple App store and download BugFinder on your iphone/ipad for free.


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eLandscape Helps Homeowners connect with Verified Pros

Have you heard of eLandscape?


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New Weed ID Resource for Ontario

Great New Resource for This Field Season: Weed ID Guide for Ontario Crops (this is a repost from ONfruit)

2017 Weed ID Guide 2

 The new Weed ID Guide for Ontario Crops features over 120 species commonly found in and around agricultural fields, and is now available in the following formats:

  1. ePub format (124 MB file for Kindle, iBooks and other e-reader apps): click to download
  2. .pdf format (8 mb file): click to download
  3. print ready .pdf (141 mb file): click to download
  4. Print Copy (printing and shipping costs apply, volume discounts available): click to order

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Ontario Commercial Arborist Association meets Friday, March 24

2017 Plant Health Care Seminar by the Ontario Commercial Arborist Association (OCAA)

OCAA’s yearly plant health care seminar is a must for OCAA members and all arborists to stay up to date with new information on pests and control methods.  Speakers include Richard Wilson (OMNR), Scott Olan (OMOE), Paul Bolan (Bioforest Technologies), Anand Persad (Davey Institute) and Jack Legg (Agrifood Laboratories).  Time will be provided at the end of the speakers for the group to discuss common problems, treatments, options, scouting reports etc. Continue reading

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BugFinder is here!


It’s finally here! BugFinder, the ultimate scouting app for woody plants in the nursery and landscape.  Continue reading

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Upcoming IPM Workshop for Landscape, Arboriculture and Garden Centre Pro’s


Looking for a fun, educational workshop to brush up on your plant health knowledge and skills?  Looking to network with other professionals? Have I got the workshop for you!

March 28, 2017:  IPM in the Woody Landscape at Landscape Ontario in Milton

For arborists, landscapers, parks, garden maintenance and garden centre professionals who want to know more about diagnosing and managing plant health issues on trees and shrubs.

This popular seminar will cover the most common pests that affect trees and shrubs in Ontario, and the environmental and physiological issues that make them more susceptible.

You will learn about the newest and best resources out there to help you …..

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…..and how to use them effectively on the job

This seminar includes in-depth knowledge on pest identification, with emphasis on early detection and the timing for best results to keep woody plants healthy.

Feel free to bring your pest problems to this seminars. You will leave with answers, better problem solving skills and so much more.

Note: Continuing Educational Credits are available



And for all of the Arborists out there….mark your calendar for these hands-on, outdoor OMAFRA workshops for tree health.  More details and registration info will be coming soon from ISA Ontario.

June 13, 2017: IPM for Woody Plants (Toronto location)

June 20, 2017: IPM for Woody Plants (Strathroy location)



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