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  • Integrated Pest Management Mission

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    INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT MISSION

    As your lawn and ornamental management specialists, we are responsible for the coordination of your integrated pest management (IPM) program outdoors.  This implies that we will first see to the provision of adequate cultural controls (irrigation, nutrition, and cultivation) to strengthen your landscaping.  Then, as a last resort, we will apply deadly force (chemical pesticides) only to those pests who would presume to attack it.

    What does this mean?

    In the not too distant past, it was widely accepted that regularly scheduled general pesticide applications, applied over virtually all plants or lawns, were the most effective pest control for lawns and ornamental plants.  Over the decades however, this method gradually manifested catastrophic drawbacks.

    Being insufficiently biodegradable, many common pesticide chemicals began to show up in ground water supplies, plants, animals, and at other points along the ecological cycle.  This situation wreaked havoc upon beneficial predator insect populations, which are an essential component of integrated pest management, and honeybees, which are critical toward 94% of successful crop pollination.  With the decrease of natural enemies and honeybees, generations of pests perpetuated virtually without natural controls while agricultural production was depleted.

    Further exacerbating the problem, the only survivors of blanket pest control applications would be the most genetically immune.  Their descendants would inherit this immunity and subsequently pass it on to the next generation, quickly creating entire populations of improved genetically immune pests.

    Armed with this information, our priorities involve the establishment of proper cultivation (weeding, pruning, mowing, raking) and irrigation (water delivery) so plants and lawns can make maximum use of nutrition taken from natural (soil, rain, atmosphere) and artificial (fertilizer) sources.  Because these cultural controls are effective, few pest problems  requiring chemical treatment are found during our routine inspections.

    Nonetheless, we never shoot first and ask questions later.  For example, if numerous beneficial predator insects are found, we hold our fire.  Other mitigating factors might involve the presence of children, nesting birds, active honeybees, aquatic environments, or high winds.

    Never forget that because plants are alive, they have health.  Our lawn and ornamental integrated pest management (IPM) program is successful because it always prioritizes the good health of the landscaping over the application of chemical pesticides.

    © Thomas J. O'Hara, President
    O'Hara Landscape & Maintenance, Inc.
    1-800-926-9599
    www.oharalandscape.com

  • Large Scale Mowing

    Large Scale Mowing

    Hundreds of varieties of plants in the landscaping require just one type of motorized equipment to properly complete the cutting phase of maintenance operations: the gasoline hedge trimmer.  There is one plant variety, however, for which the cutting phase requires the use of at least several types of gas powered machines. That plant variety is your lawn. The most costly, most complicated, and least understood phase of landscape maintenance is lawn mowing. The casual perception by most people is that of a deceptively simple routine. What could be simpler than driving a lawn mower over the lawn? 

    Because they are so costly, mowing operations must be completed as economically (quickly) as possible while assuring that the lawn looks good after the cut. Such timeliness necessitates the use of large machines. Mowing decks (blade boxes) don't bend or change width, so mower sizes must be varied to accommodate smaller to larger spaces and flat to hilly surfaces. It is often necessary to use four different (and expensive) mower types on the same property to properly complete an operation and minimize line trimming (weed eating). Line trimming is a necessary evil because, while the process puts the finishing touches on the mowing operation, the mono filament cutting line slashes the turf instead of cutting it cleanly.

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O'Hara Landscape & Maintenance Inc.

Since 1973, O'Hara Landscape and Maintenance Inc. has been providing reliable landscape beautification to thousands of residents in community associations and commercial properties in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County Florida.

O'Hara Testimonials

  • Rick Walker

    The landscape guys came, walked me through what was exactly wrong and explained to me what needed to be done. They were informative and patient with me. I will continue to use this company and look forward to building my dream landscape with them!

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O'Hara Landscape & Maintenance

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  West Palm Beach, FL 33407

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