Bio-Security In your Landscape
The island nations of Australia and the United Kingdom have led the way on developing best practices for Bio-security of their nursery production. While we acknowledge that we live in a post-wild world, we understand the importance of mitigating the impact of insects, disease and invasive species in areas where they have not already made irreparable inroads. Our own back yards can provide a line of defense in terms of Bio-security. We feel planning for Bio-Security in the landscape is more important than ever.
Steps For Increased Bio-Security
At King Garden Designs we have proven practices and suggestions to reduce risk of spreading Pests, Disease or Invasive species, including best practices to reduce risk of Boxwood Blight.
Be aware of Bio-Security issues in your area. Make sure your landscape providers are familiar with the most important diseases and pests threats. Conduct a Bio-Security induction session to insure required hygiene practices for people, equipment and vehicles on your property.
Use only clean, pest-free and preferably certified, nursery materials to reduce risk of pests and other contaminants. Do not transplant to your property foreign inputs, such as plants, soils or other materials from unknown sources. Purchase these only from reputable suppliers, preferably with accreditation or certification. Keep records of all nursery, soil and other inputs.
Keep it clean - practicing good sanitation and hygiene will help prevent the entry and movement of pests onto your property. Workers, visitors, vehicles, raw material and equipment can spread pests, so make sure they are decontaminated, or have come from a clean source, before entering and leaving your property. Have a designated visitor’s area and provide vehicle and personnel disinfectants.
Check your nursery sources and other material inputs frequently. Keep written and photographic records of all unusual observations. Constant vigilance is vital for early detection of any plant pest threats.
Abide by the law, respect regulations established to protect the nursery and landscape industry and your area.
Report anything unusual if you suspect a new disease or pest report it immediately!
Sources: Plant Health Australia www.planthealthaustralia.com.au
Prince Charles Discusses Bio-Security In Gardeners' World Interview
July 18th 2018
The Prince of Wales has issued a stark warning about the threat to Britain's native plants and trees from foreign pests and diseases, saying he fears a "wasteland".
Speaking on the BBC2 show Gardeners' World, he called on those buying plants to ask garden centres about their bio-security policy and where their stock was sourced.
And he urged plant nurseries to "react quicker in terms of quarantining" to stop the spread of threats from abroad.
The heir to the throne was interviewed for the show earlier in the year on his Highgrove Estate in Gloucestershire, where he has established a garden.
Charles told one of the show's presenters, Adam Frost: "I remember Dutch Elm disease all those years ago and that was totally devastating here in Gloucestershire..."
He went on to say: "And now of course we're faced by a multitude of threats of every kind of disease."
He added: "The biggest fear is that we end up with a wasteland here. Having seen more and more of these pests, particularly from the Far East coming..."
The prince went on to say: "I don't think people realise just how dangerous it is, unless you know that where you're getting your plants from has a proper bio-security policy in place."