Organic Landscape Care
Introducting EcoLogic by Arkadia!
What is EcoLogic?
EcoLogic is an ecologically responsible choice for your landscape care needs brought to you by the expertise of Arkadia. Ecologic is a holistic and organic approach to protecting and preserving your landscape. We use a combination of essential oils, organic compounds, natural insect predators, and careful timing to preserve beneficial insects and control harmful ones to ensure your landscape reaches it's maximum value.
Your landscape is more valuable thank you think!
According to the most recent census, the average home property value in NJ was over $397,279. Most homeowners understand that buying a home is the single most important investment they will make in their lifetime. However, most do not know where that value lies. So what do property managers, homeowner associations, and co-ops understand that the average home-buyer does not? Curb appeal!
According to Home Adviser, the average landscape, from design through installation, costs an average of $14,578! That may seem pricey, however consider that most real estate advisers estimate that initial installation can boost property values about 7%. Now assuming that average home value of $397k jumps 7% due to a brand new landscape, that's almost a $28,000 increase! Double the initial investment!
Why should you protect your landscape investment?
That initial landscape investment is just the beginning of your property value potential however. Like a high yield savings account your property value will continue to grow... literally! As your plants grow and mature, your landscape value will increase at a rate of roughly 1% each year up to almost 30% of overall property value. That's better than most savings plans! Lets again consider that average home property value of $397k now with an established and healthy landscape. That home's value could have increased over $111,000, that's over 700% on the initial investment, over the life of the landscape!
Is your valuable landscape investment protected?
While your landscape is easily the highest return on initial investment over time, it is also the most fragile. The landscape is a living, breathing ecosystem full of different of organisms. The fact that the landscape is very much alive means that it cannot be neglected. There are dozens of insects ready to make your valuable landscape their home and meal. EcoLogic is here to help minimize the risk and maximize the chances of your landscape investment remaining healthy and mature thereby reaching its maximum value. These harmful insects are always present within the environment. therefore, without protection, it is only a game of time before they find and attack your investment.
If you still do not see the value in protecting your landscape for the long term then consider that without protection landscape plants will gradually die and require replacement. With constant replacement, you can quickly sink 3 to 4 times your initial landscape investment over the lifetime of your home while never reaching more than your initial 7%. This mindset quickly turns your valuable landscape investment into a costly sinkhole.
Threats Coming This Spring!
Also known as "plant lice" Aphids are capable of rapidly draining plant tissues with their sucking mouth parts. They are extremely common and have a wide variety of plants that they can use as hosts. They are prolific pests especially since many species are able to reproduce asexually, meaning they do not need a partner, so an infestation can start from one insect. In large enough populations these insects can cause death of the host plant. Many being capable of flight and particularly difficult to control once established, the best approach to controlling aphids is prevention with carefully timed technical treatments.
Hemlock Woolly Adelgids (HWA)
One of the most destructive invasive species to hit the Eastern US in recorded history, it affects over 90% of the combined native range of Eastern and Carolina Hemlocks. HWAs are extremely prolific with females being capable of producing two broods per year with hundreds of eggs in each brood. They are also extremely durable being able to overwinter as both eggs and adults, and resisting most treatments once mature. Hemlocks infested by HWA can suffer extremely rapid decline and death. The most effective treatment for this insect is the prevention of hatching and suffocation of the immature crawlers with carefully timed natural oil treatments.
Originally only found in warmer climates and greenhouses, Mealybugs are now common among most plants due in part to an increase in average global temperatures. Mealybugs are usually covered in a protective flaky, waxy coating. Similar to aphids and adelgids, Mealybugs suck out juices from the plant tissues and, in large populations, can cause severe damage and weakness in the plant. They are plant generalist and can affect most plant types. The best way to control mealybug infestations is through carefully timed technical treatments, natural oils and establishment of their predatory insects.
Unlike most plant pests which are insects, mites are actually tiny arachnids more closely related to spiders. This fact can be seen especially with high populations as groups will often spin tight webs made of fine silk around plant parts. Often mites are extremely prolific and difficult to control because many products actually will not kill them but rather aggravate mite populations into breeding frenzies. Mite damage often causes white to pale yellow mottling of soft tissues and in high densities plant weakness and death. The most effective way to treat for mites is with carefully timed natural oil treatments and introduction of natural predatory insects.
Similar in appearance to a miniature cicada, Psyllids are a vast-ranged winged insect that are capable of causing large-scale, wide-variety of damage to several popular ornamental plants. They are most prevalent in the early spring just as days begin to get warmer. The most common type of damage is discoloration and deformation of leaves and stunted growth which is primarily aesthetic. However in some cases die-back of soft tissues is possible. Psyllids are best controlled during through carefully timed technical treatments and introduction of their predatory insects.
These insects are as bizarre and unique in their life cycles as they are in their variety of appearances. from hatching they go through several crawling nymph stages until adulthood where males will, depending on the species, either develop wings or longer legs and females will attach their mouth parts to the plant, lose their legs entirely, and secrete an armored scale for protection. Females will then produce egg sacks behind their bodies until they die. Scale insects can be largely classified into three major groups: hard scale, soft scales, and false or pseudo-scales. The group a scale insect belongs to is determined by the presence or absence of a hard and / or waxy armored coat that is produced by the adult females of the species. These insects can reproduce at alarming rates often with multiple broods per season and hundreds of eggs per brood. They are also extremely difficult to manage because once they set down their scale they are virtually impervious to both natural predators and treatments short of physical removal. The most effective way to control scale insect is through carefully timed technical treatments, natural oils and establishment of their predatory insects.
Another insect that is more unique than it appears are the Whiteflies. More closely related to Scales and Aphids than flies, they cause significant damage through feeding by sucking out nutrient rich juices from the plant just like the above insects. However their real destructive power comes from the several viral and bacterial diseases they are often prone to carrying which can cause increased risk of plant mortality. The best way to prevent the diseases is to prevent and control the Whitefly vector.