Theory

  • Our number one goal is to reduce homeowners' carbon footprints through education and establishing economic thresholds.

An IPM Approach

What is IPM?

IPM is an acronym for Integrated Pest Management, an approach to dealing with pests of crops, landscapes and structures, which incorporates concepts from the disciplines of systems science and ecology. The vast majority of the applied research at the basis of IPM has been carried out since the early 1970's at land-grant colleges in the US, and their counterparts throughout the world.

It is generally accepted that IPM is a systems approach to pest management, based on accurate pest identification and monitoring, use of economic and/or aesthetic thresholds, and use of all suitable control measures (both pesticidal and non-pesticidal) in an ecologically compatible manner, which maintains pest population levels below those causing economically-significant injury. If no effective non-pesticidal control measures are available, a key IPM tenet is that pesticides should be selected which result in the lowest possible risk to health or the environment.

Landscape IPM Projects

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Plant Health Care (PHC) are strategies for managing ornamental plants in landscapes and nurseries in ways that reduce the potential for pest and disease problems. When problems do occur, the practitioner implementing an IPM/PHC approach follows a sequence of steps in the management of the pest or disease that is designed to minimize impacts on the environment.

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Greenhouse IPM: Sustainable Aphid Control

There are approximately 4,000 aphid species in the world. Life cycles and preferred hosts vary with each type of aphid...

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About the Owner

James Petrillo, owner of IPM Landscapes is a youthful concerned environmentalist who opened a company to fill a gap for property owners who enjoy eye appealing landscapes but struggle to find services that produce a product with low ecological impact. All services offered at IPM Landscapes are executed with environmental sustainability in mind.

In his tenure working for PGA TOUR Agronomy, James developed his IPM approach. In the golf industry, there are many challenges to maintain a championship quality product while keeping within the budgeted costs. Esthetic values increase, as do limitations on water, chemicals, fuel, and labor.

His experience at the PGA TOUR gave James great access and a hands-on-approach to creating and preserving low-cost environmentally sensitive areas that are registered with the National Audubon Society. In order to maintain Audubon status, these areas must be low-maintenance, esthetically pleasing and provide natural food and shelter for native wildlife. James studied these areas and found many parallels in maintaining homeowners' land in very similar ways. He now provides a company that supplies these management practices for home and business owners.

James and his wife, Jennifer Petrillo, run this family-owned Haddam, CT based business.

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