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          Welcome to Sound Horticulture

          Ecological solutions for managing greenhouse environments, farms and specialty crop systems. Specializing in the freshest sources of high quality beneficial insects, compost tea machines, and supportive biological tools of the trade. Innovative designs that “close the loop” and work for you. Contact us today!

          From the blog

          • May 14, 2019 Moment Lenses Now Available Through Our Referral Link!
            Moment Lenses Now Available Through Our Referral Link! At Sound Horticulture, we use Moment lenses to scout for pests on our clients crops. We have found that the ease of use and image clarity puts moment lenses a step above the competition. The lenses require the moment case and they are available for many popular smartphones. Once you have the case it is as simple as a quarter turn to mount the lens. Click here to check out Moment's offerings! 
          • April 24, 2019 Making breeder boxes for your rove beetles (Dalotia coriaria)
            Making breeder boxes for your rove beetles (Dalotia coriaria) Dalotia coriaria are a wonderful predatory beetle that can be used to help control aphidsfungus gnats, shore flies and thrips. Breeder boxes are a great way to maintain and grow populations of the beetle cheaply and easily. Detailed steps for creating your own breeder box can be found here.
          • November 09, 2018 Invasive Alert!: Emerald Ash Borer
            Invasive Alert!: Emerald Ash Borer

            Keep an eye out for the Emerald Ash Borer, Agrilus planipennis. It has been detected in 24 states, including our state of Washington, and parts of Eastern Canada. Civic involvement in pest ID and entomology is a powerful thing. Please inspect your local trees. 

            In Washington, our native "Oregon Ash" Fraxinus latifolia is of particular concern. Additionally white ash (F. americana) and green ash (F. pennsylvanica) are common targets as they are often planted as ornamental shade trees. If you suspect EAB, please call 1-800-443-6684.

            See this link for more information regarding ID, and what you can do. 

          • November 02, 2018 Beneficial Entomopathogenic Nematodes for Pest Control
            Beneficial Entomopathogenic Nematodes for Pest Control

            It's commonly known that there are pathogenic nematodes which can cause damage to plants, but did you know that there are species of nematodes which are actually used to control pests? We refer to these beneficial nematodes as entomopathogenic nematodes. We like to think of beneficial nematodes as a fantastic starting place for those new to biocontrol. Why? Because they truly work so well, AND they are compatible with many pesticides and fungicides. In other words, even conventional growers can seamlessly integrate nematodes into their operation without forfeiting the use of various conventional pesticides they may be using in their IPM program. Sound too good to be true? We know these little roundworms are extremely tough and efficacious. As an example, nematodes can actually freeze their metabolism in the absence of adequate food or oxygen, but continue to survive until circumstances improve. This state is called "cryptobiosis". Additionally, after the 1981 Columbia space shuttle disaster, nematodes were the only known survivors.

            When you are considering which nematodes to purchase, consider not only the correct speci you need to control the problematic pest at hand, but also the production method. Nematodes produced "in vivo" tend to yield a very high numbers of infective juveniles which are largely responsible for the killing of pests. This production method utilizes wax worm cadavers to breed healthy nematodes, which contain a very high level of infective bacteria (see the featured diagram of the life cycle). In vivo nematodes also requires a much lower application rate per sq. ft. of soil when compared with "in vitro" nematodes. 

            Our Sierra nematodes are produced in vivo and yield exceptional results for our customers. For more information about Sierra nematode production, species available, and some guidelines for speci and pest pairing, refer to this link or feel free to contact us directly for more information.

             

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