Sustainable nursery

Sustainable nursery practices aim to reduce levels of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, use integrated pest management systems to deal with insects, diseases and weeds and focus on building the soil to promote plant health.

Our nursery has been applying sustainable growing for years.

Integrated pest management is an ecologically based pest control strategy that is part of the overall crop production system. It is called integrated because all appropriate methods from multiple scientific disciplines are combined into a systematic approach for optimizing pest control.

An integrated pest management program involves using resistant cultivars, building up populations of beneficial organisms, monitoring numbers of pests, developing treatment thresholds and using spot treatments of pesticides that are the least harmful to beneficial organisms and the environment. It is important to identify pests early so nursery manager can take appropriate measures quickly.

Field nursery production involves the use of unique soil management practices. Soil-building cover crops and crop rotations are important to maintain good soil structure, fertility and organic matter. Legume cover crops fix nitrogen and can be used to reduce the amount of nitrogen fertilizer applied each year.