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  Integrated Pest Management (IPM) - The Right Approach
 
 
 
Right Tool, Right Time, Right Way

More specifically, Integrated Pest Management (IPM as it is often called) is a system for managing pests in lawns and gardens using tools such as watering, seeding, mowing, aerating and hand weeding in combination with the responsible use of lawn and garden care products.

IPM is a continuous system of controlling pests (weeds, diseases, insects or others) in which pests are identified, action thresholds are considered, and all possible control options are evaluated and considered.

A Logical Process

Control options--which include biological, chemical, cultural, manual and mechanical methods--are used to prevent or remedy unacceptable pest activity or damage. The choice of which control to use is based on effectiveness, environmental impact, site characteristics, worker/public health and safety, and economics.

We're all responsible for our city and natural landscapes. Following an Integrated Pest Management strategy and using lawn and garden care products responsibly is one contribution you can make to your neighbourhood and our environment.

Emphasis on prevention

Prevention is a key part of Integrated Pest Management. Rather than having to take stronger action later to handle a pest problem, the IPM tools work to prevent weed, insect and fungi problems from developing or worsening. That's primarily accomplished by focusing on plant health - cultivating a vigorously growing lawn of grass and a garden of hearty flowers, vegetables and ornamental plants.

Calgary's IPM success story

Using a combination of biological and cultural control, along with the use of lawn and garden products. The City of Calgary adopted an IPM plan in 1998 to manage its 7,000 hectares of green space. Since then, some of Calgary's successes have included:
  • Releasing beetles as biological control agents to control noxious weeds in certain areas;

  • Using lawn and garden care products to build plant health and address pest problems;

  • Healthier grass in parks and on recreational turf;

  • Reduced reliance on chemical controls; and

  • The preservation of beneficial insects. What about reducing the use of pesticides?
An arbitrary reduction rate imposed by municipalities is an artificial barrier that impedes Integrated Pest Management principles. Whether it is a 10% or 70% reduction - it fundamentally opposes the concept of IPM - which is the right tool, at the right time, in the right way. There are many consumer and retailer education and information sources that explain the importance of IPM in greater detail.




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