Archive for March 2019

Finding plant inspiration at the Detroit Zoo

When the Detroit Zoo opened in its current Royal Oak location in 1928, it was the first zoo in the country to have animal exhibits without bars. Two of its most interactive exhibits to this day are the butterfly garden and free-flight aviary. Housed separately in one building, visitors will find hundreds of butterflies and 20 different species of birds, respectively. Detroit Zoo Butterfly garden and free-flight aviary. In the 1990s, our professionals at Planterra had the honor of installing the butterfly garden. Over the years, grounds keepers have called on us to provide interior landscape arborist services for both…

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How to Keep Plants Pest-free Indoors

Using Integrated Pest Management for indoor plantscapes When working with live plants, inside or out, management of pests is paramount to success. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a long-term effective and environmentally sensitive practice to maintain healthy live plants.It is supported by the Environmental Protection Agency. Indoor plants are susceptible to a wide variety of pests. In some cases, the plants are vulnerable due to lack of light, temperature changes, and dry air. Chemical pesticides tend to move up the food chain, posing a harm to not only pests but humans who encounter the treated plants as well. As an…

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