Biological Controls

Better, Safer Crops Shipped to You

Over the past two years, Creek Hill Nursery has dramatically decreased our dependence on chemical pest controls by implementing a comprehensive Biological Control program.

The Creek Hill system uses weekly scouting, inspection, and follow-up reports to proactively stop insect incursions before they become full-blown problems. Laura has combined preditory insects, mycorrhizal fungi, and bacterial controls with staff training and participation so all of our growers in all of our houses are involved. Add to that physical barriers and compost teas made from worm castings, and we feel that we provide the best growing conditions possible for our crops. Just as important, we have cut our dependence on chemical pest controls and chemical fertilizer by at least 75% and we expect to reduce it even further.

Our biological controls also mean we grow a better, safer product for our workers and for yours.

Our compost "tea kettle" is a home-brew device.
The actual compost tea brewing inside.
Monitoring strips hang above the crops.
Application of the controls is often the easiest step.
Application rates and techniques were refined over a full year.
Type and timing of the insects is very important.
Regular inspection of the monitoring strips means fast action if a problem occurs.
Planning and reporting sit at the heart of the system.
We purchase about six different kinds of predatory insects.
Like video game troops, each insect has its strength and weakness.
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