|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Submission Date||April 27, 2012|
Red River College Polytechnic
OP-9: Integrated Pest Management
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Director of Facility Management
The size of the campus grounds :
The size of campus grounds that are maintained in accordance with a four-tiered IPM plan :
A brief description of the IPM plan(s) :
IPM for turf grass and maintained gardens:
1) Action thresholds are based solely on the specifics of the pest or disease. Some pests on the grounds are not considered high priority (ex. Ants in a garden vs. cankerworms defoliating trees)
2) Monitoring of pests and diseases are completed at different times throughout the growing season. For example,
a. Different pests have life cycles that change throughout the seasons. In fall cankerworm egg masses can be seen before lying dormant over the winter. Prior to that, the adult moth can be seen around host trees. In the spring the larvae can be seen, this is the form most are common with. Monitoring throughout the whole season provides a good representation of the severity on our site.
b. Problematic weeds are monitored based on their germination times throughout the year.
c. Tree diseases are monitored throughout the year, by inspection of tree health and vigor and visual inspection of leaves, branches and bark.
3) Prevention of many pests and diseases are completed by:
a. Proper tree care (fertilization, water requirements, pruning)
b. Turf grass (Healthy grass stands can impede the germination of weed seeds, proper fertilization and irrigation programs are an asset)
c. Gardens are irrigated and fertilized to improve plant health, mulches or groundcovers are used to cover bare soils to prevent weed infestation.
a. Mechanical means of control are completed first, such as weeding gardens by hand, pruning tree diseases such as black knot on Shubert Chokecherries
b. Tree banding is competed yearly to stop pests from climbing up tree trunks
c. Low volume handheld sprayers are used to treat problematic areas.
d. Spot spraying
e. Mowing turf stands prior to seed development on danilions and other flowering/seed producing weeds.
f. Environmentally friendly products are used such as Dormant oils (essentially an oil that is sprayed on trees that will suffocate egg masses) or products such as DiPel. This is a biological insecticide that infects the digestive system in cankerworms.
g. Again, pesticides and herbicides are only used if action thresholds are exceeded.
The website URL where information about the IPM plan(s) is available:
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