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Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Historically, pests in the landscape have primarly been dealt with through the use of environmentally damaging pesticides and other chemicals. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a much more environmentally sustainable approach towards managing pests. IPM focuses on long-term pest prevention and minimizing the risks towards humans, nontarget animals and organisms, and the environment as a whole. Using IPM practices, multiple techniques are used in combination to reduce pests to a tolerable level. These practices include:

  * Pest-resistant plant varieties
  * Habitat adjustments to discourage unwanted pests and increase beneficial organisms
  * Proper sanitation and cultural practices
  * Pest identification
  * Regularly monitoring and assessing pest populations
  * Establishing allowable thresholds for pests
  * Physical, mechanical, and biological controls

Using an IPM approach, pesticides are only considered for use when pest populations have reached populations that are economically significant based on established guidelines, and after other less harmful approaches have been taken. If used, the goal is to remove only the target organisms and harm the environment as little as possible.

As a 100% organic, five-star rated EnviroStars company, Rock Solid Landscapes relies only on the bulleted items listed above and does not use any pesticides or herbicides.