Plant Health Care

Pest Management

Emerald Ash Borer Strikes Montgomery Parks

The Emerald Ash Borer, a non-native invasive beetle from Asia, has been detected in Montgomery County. This destructive beetle will take down all ash trees in the county within as few as three years. Montgomery Parks is proactively addressing the issue. The safety of park patrons is the number one priority. Find more details at the links below.

Visit these third party websites for additional information on the Emerald Ash Borer:

To request more information and/or a presentation to your homeowner association, community group or friends group please contact Senior Urban Forester Colter Burkes at Colter.Burkes@MontgomeryParks.org

New Video:

Direct YouTube link: https://youtu.be/gzQNiN9GGfU

Plant Health in Parks

Montgomery Parks has long been a leader in innovative, sustainable, environmentally sensitive plant health principles. We follow Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices to address weed, insect and disease pests that threaten the health of our plants, forests and ecosystems. IPM combines many strategies including resistant varieties; sanitation & mechanical control; good nutrition; environmental modification; introduction of beneficial parasitoids and predators; and pesticides when necessary.

We observe nature to thoroughly understand the cycles and interactions between plants, their environment and pest organisms so we can correct imbalances. New pests introduced from other regions of the country or from outside of the US can pose a significant threat to our native plants and habitats because their populations often rapidly increase.

Visit the American Public Gardens Association webpage, if you would like to learn more about emerging plant health threats and how you can be a plant hero.

 

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Last Updated: November 1, 2019