Technical Info

The following materials were prepared by our company as articles for magazines or presentations at conferences and workshops.  They are available for download for free.

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Diagnostic
Monitoring
Pest Management
Plant Health Care 
Compost and Compost Tea
Nurseries and Greenhouses

 

Diagnostic

Training tools for landscapers
These are 5 short picture presentations on common plant problems and pest management.
Prepared in 2014 for a landscaping maintenance company.
Diagnostic of Plant Problems,  Insects,  Disease on Fruit Trees,  Diseases, &  Nutrient Deficiencies.

Common symptoms of nutrient deficiencies on ornamental plants
A flyer of common nutrient deficiencies in the BC Interior region.
Presented in 2009 at the annual Pacific Northwest chapter meeting of the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture).
Copy of flyer

Conifer fertilization
A 4-page article on typical nutrient deficiencies and suggested fertilizer programs.
Published in 2003 in “Turf Line News”, the magazine of the Western Canada Turfgrass Association (WCTA).
Copy of article

 

Monitoring

Pest Management in Canadian Nurseries – An Update
Presentation at the annual Nursery Short Course organized by BC Landscape & Nursery Association (BCLNA).
Held in 2012 in Abbotsford, BC.
Copy of program and Copy of talk (large file)

Pine Beetle Monitoring and Management
A poster for education of home owners.
Prepared by our company in 2007 for the City of Penticton.
Copy of poster

Using Plant Phenology to Monitor Insect Pests of Landscape Plants
An 8-page document prepared in 2002 for the BC Nursery & Landscape Production Guide.
Copy of text

Monitoring Calendar for Insect Pests of Ornamental Plants in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
An 11-page text on seasonal appearance of insect pests based on monitoring data from a 10-year period.
Prepared in 2001 for publication in the “B.C. Nursery & Landscape Pest Management & Production Guide”.
Copy of text

IPM for Nurseries
A 5-page step-by-step explanation of the process to start, develop and maintain a program that fits the needs of each nursery.
Prepared for publicaiton in the “BC Landscape and Nursery Production Guide”, 2001 edition.
Copy to text

The Cost of Using IPM for Landscape Maintenance Companies
A 3-page article on changes required in commercial companies to implement Integrated Pest Management programs.
Presented in 1998 at the annual “CanWest Hort Show” in Vancouver, B.C.
Copy of text

“A Manual of Integrated Pest Management for Urban Landscapes in British Columbia”
A 1993 publication from our company that reviews methods successfully used by landscape managers in British Columbia. Chapters of our publication are available below.
This document was the basis for the publication “IPM in Landscapes” published by the BC Ministry of Environment.
Chapters of 1993 publication: cover0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

 

Pest Management

Rainfastness of Pesticides
Presentation at an industry meeting in 2015.
Copy of presentation

20 Years of Pest Management: Past, Present, Future
A presentation at an industry meeting in 2014.
Copy of presentation

Pest Management for Landscapers in the Okanagan
A series of technical pamphlets prepared in 2014 for commercial companies using pesticides.
Aphids,  Leafroller,  Spider Mites, & Site Assessment

50 Years of Pest Management: The Past, Present and Future
Presentation at the 50th annual meeting of the Western Canada Turfgrass Association (WCTA), held in 2013 in Vancouver BC.

Phytotoxicity Symptoms Associated with the Herbicide Flumioxazin
Presentation at the Nursery Short Course organized by BC Landscape & Nursery Association (BCLNA).
Held in 2010 in Abbotsford, B.C.
Copy of talk (large file)

Municipal Pesticide Bylaws
A 3-page article on what municipalities can, could and cannot prohibit regarding pesticide use within their jurisdiction, including a short review of the decision by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2003.
Published in 2010 in “HortWest” magazine.
Copy of article

Weed control in Nursery Production
A presentation at an industry meeting in 2009.
Copy of presentation

Pine Beetles: What Can We Do?
Poster for home owners on management of this insect pest.
Prepared in 2007 for the City of Penticton.
Copy of poster

Pest Management – What Can We Learn From Organic Farmers ?
Presentation at the annual meeting of the Western Canada Turfgrass Association.
Published in Turfline News in 2004.
Copy of article

Biology and Management of the Spruce Spider Mite
A 2-page article on life cycle and management of spruce spider mites.
Published in October 2003 in “Arborist News”, the magazine of the International Society of Arboriculture.
Copy of article

 

Plant Health Care

Pruning Mature Trees
A review prepared in 2014 of the four situations when mature trees are pruned.
Copy of presentation

Planting Trees- Best Management Practices
A series of 12-slide presentations prepared in 2011.
Part 1 Preparing the Tree Roots (copy of presentation)
Part 2 Preparing the Planting Hole (copy of presentation)
Part 3 Ball-and-burlap (copy of presentation)
Part 4 Post Planting Care (copy of presentation)
Part 5 Pruning After Planting (copy of presentation)

Best Management Practices for Irrigation of Nursery Crops
Summary of a 2010 publication by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture.
Copy of report

Root Management During Nursery Production
A poster presentation at the “Fifth International Symposium on Physiological Processes in Roots of Woody Plants”.
Held in 2010 in Victoria, BC.
Copy of poster

Soil Management Practices to Conserve Water in Urban Landscapes
Presentation at the workshop “Xeriscaping for landscape professionals” organized by the Okanagan Xeriscape Association.
Held in 2010 in Kelowna, B.C. Copy of advertisement
Part 1 Water conservation with mycorrhizal fungi (copy of talk, large file)
Part 2 Water conservation with organic matter (copy of talk, large file)

Tree Selection for Urban Areas of the Okanagan
A 4-page table with suggestions for urban tree selection in the B.C. Interior region.
Presented in 2009 in Kelowna, B.C. at the annual training meeting of the ISA-PNW (Pacific NorthWest chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture).
Copy of table

Mycorrhizal Inoculation of Nursery Trees: Benefits for Arborists
A 4-page text on the value of mycorrhizal fungi in urban settings.
Presented in 2003 in Medicine Hat, AB at the annual meeting of the Prairie Chapter of the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture)
Copy of text

 

Compost and Compost Tea

Preparation and Use of Composts to Prevent Plant Diseases
An article published in 2007 in “BC Organic Grower”, the magazine of Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia.
View the archived article at http://www.certifiedorganic.bc.ca/rcbtoa/training/compost_tea_ML_’02.pdf

Compost and its Impact on Plant Diseases
Presentation at the annual meeting of COABC (Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia), held in 2004 in Naramata, BC.
Copy of text

Compost Tea and its Impact on Plant Diseases
A review of published scientific information on the topic.
Published in 2007 in the magazine “BC Organic Grower”.
Copy of text

For more information about composting, see also the “The B.C. Agricultural Composting Handbook” at www.rdosmaps.bc.ca/min_bylaws/ES/solid_waste/BCAgCompostHandbook1998.pdf

 

Nurseries and Greenhouses

Weed Control in Nursery Production – Herbicides and Sprayers
A presentation at the “Green Industry Show” organized by the Landscape Alberta Nursery Trades Association (LANTA). Held in in November 2009 in Edmonton, AB.

Biological Control of Insects in Nursery Production in Canada
A 4-page paper based on a presentation at the IOBC workshop.
Held in 2008 in The Netherlands.
Copy of paper
The full abstracts of the workshop can be viewed at http://www.iobc-wprs.org/pub/bulletins/bulletin_2008_32_table_of_contents_abstracts.pdf

Biocontrol of Insects in Greenhouse Production
A 6-page summary of a scientific meeting reviewing current knowledge and practices in this field.
Held in 2008 in The Netherlands.
Copy of report

Biocontrol of Diseases in Greenhouse Production
A summary of a grower workshop organized by our company.
Held in 2008 in Kelowna, BC.
Copy of report

Mulches for Weed Control in Nursery Container Production.
A poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Weed Science Society.
Held in 2006 in Vancouver, BC.
Copy of poster

Pest Management by Organic Farmers
A 4-page article on management of insects, diseases and weeds with minimal pesticide use.
Presented in 2004 at the annual conference of the Western Canada Turfgrass Association (WCTA) in Victoria, BC.
Copy of article

Organic Fertilization of Lawns
A poster presentation at the “Organic World Congress”.
Held in 2002 in Victoria, BC.
Copy of poster

Best Practices for Lawn Care
A chapter prepared by our company in 1993 for a larger publication on IPM in urban landscapes.
Copy of chapter