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The Asian Citrus Psyllid Leads to Quarantine

Asian Citrus PsyllidFor nearly sixty years the United States has dodged infestation by the Asian citrus psyllid, one of two known vectors of the bacterium responsible for citrus greening disease. Though the psyllid has infected trees in Asia for centuries, it only made its move the Americas, specifically Brazil, in 1942. It took another fifty-six years before the psyllid made its way to North America, but once the infestation began, it spread rapidly. The Asian citrus psyllid is now found in fourteen U.S. states and five U.S. territories. It is also present in Mexico. Continue reading

Best Management Practices Allow Nurseries to Reduce Costs

container nurseryIn recent years, best management practice (BMP) guidelines and corresponding regulations have focused heavily on container nurseries. Using the right nursery equipment as well as implementing BMPs can actually help nurseries save money by reducing costs. In some cases, nurseries that implement BMPs can receive state assistance to defray costs. Here is a look at a few of BMPs that can reduce costs. Continue reading

Rooting Out Liabilities: Preventing Injuries and Accidents in Outdoor Spaces

tree rootsIf you operate a nursery or tree farm, you probably–hopefully–are visited by many customers during peak seasons. Like any business, you have to be concerned about safety risks for your customers, however, and how to minimize them. From the sharp edges of landscaping equipment to the endless stretches of hose needed to keep plants thriving, your setting might be brimming with liabilities. You can make your commercial setting safer for both customers and employees by keeping the following tips in mind. Continue reading

Value-Added: Profits from Landscape and Nursery Equipment

tree_forks_02Landscape and Nursery equipment can increase efficiency and productivity while improving safety and product quality. Machinery can also bleed you dry if you make poor choices and don’t track expenses. Understanding how equipment produces a return can help nurseries and landscape professionals improve margins, minimize losses, reduce labor costs, and out-shine competitors. Continue reading

Understanding How Diseases Spread in Nurseries

commercial tree farmFrom age-old pests to new and emerging diseases, the threats to nurseries and tree farms come from every angle. Every manager knows that the key to healthy plants is the prevention of disease outbreaks, but prevention requires constant vigilance. Rather than keeping track of individual diseases, a better solution may involve keeping track of common sources of infection to reduce and eliminate pathogens of all types. Continue reading

The Benefits of Drip Irrigation for Tree Farms

drip irrigation system for treesDelivering water to trees is essential to ensuring proper growth. It is also an expensive and time-consuming process. Many tree farmers are being forced, as a result of climate change, regulation, and simple economics, to rethink how they water their trees. Drip irrigation provides cost savings and a bevy of other benefits as well. Continue reading

Boxwood Blight Returns to U.S. Nurseries

boxwoodThe boxwood is often referred to as “man’s oldest garden ornamental.” The boxwood, which has been planted in European and North American gardens since the mid-1600s, is popular because it can be used in hedges and groupings or as an individual specimen. Until recently, it was also easy to maintain and relatively disease free[1]. Unfortunately, boxwoods are now under threat. Continue reading