Do You Need A Structured Agronomic Plan?
Spoiler Alert: The Answer is Yes.
You probably wouldn’t skip your annual physical exam (or maybe you’d try not to), so why would you let your landscape skip out on an agronomic plan?
Just like we humans do our best to take care of our bodies to ward off disease and illness, agronomic plans work in much of the same way for your landscape. If you’re not familiar with an agronomic plan, not to worry. We’re going to break it down for you.
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What’s an Agronomic Plan?
An agronomic plan is a treatment schedule designed for your landscape as a preventative measure to guard against disease, pests, and nutritional deficiency. Preparing and strengthening your landscape in advance of a stressor helps it recover more quickly, like how we humans are more resistant to disease when we’re maintaining good habits that keep our bodies in top form.
Agronomic plans analyze what issues your landscape may be susceptible to, what triggers those issues, and when they’re most likely to occur. Based on this analysis, your landscape team works to find the best time to apply treatments—such as insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides. A great example is the application of a pre-emergent, which should be applied to weeds before they germinate in the fall and early spring.
Why You Need an Agronomic Plan
Having an agronomic plan can save you time, resources, and money by planning for both the expected and unexpected. Once a disease or insect has taken hold, treatment isn’t always a guaranteed silver bullet. That’s why prevention is your best bet. Besides, in most cases, prevention is less expensive than trying to remedy an issue later. It’s also important to note that an agronomic plan is a powerful tool in maintaining an aesthetically pleasing landscape year-round. Who doesn’t want that?
How a Professional Can Help
There’s a lot to consider when developing an agronomic plan. Having a horticulturalists on staff makes the process easy for our clients. We also employ spray technicians, who are specially trained to execute the measures prescribed in your agronomic plan.
Another crucial element for ensuring the success of your agronomic program is soil sampling. Just like we humans occasionally need to send samples off to the lab for analysis when our doctors need to fine-tune our care, so too do landscapes. Soil samples take the guesswork out of developing your agronomic plan, ensuring the most targeted and effective treatment. Plus, the ability to take samples throughout the year provides important data points that help us understand progress and changes in your landscape. Soil sampling is another capability we offer our clients.
Finally, an agronomic plan isn’t a one-and-done, set-in-stone process. As weather conditions change, your landscape conditions are likely to change over time, too. Your agronomic plan should adjust accordingly. That’s why it’s imperative to have a landscape partner with on-staff horticulturalists who can make these adjustments in real-time.
Do you need an agronomic plan? Fear not-- we promise to make the process enjoyable and painless.