Safety is a primary concern for everyone involved in landscape maintenance. This includes the safety of the crews working on the site, as well as anyone who accesses the site such as motorists or pedestrians. There are several ways that the use of growth regulators improves safety on the jobsite.
Reduce Use of Motorized Equipment
Reducing the growth of trees and shrubs means reducing the number of times a worker needs to come in contact with tools such as chainsaws, chippers, power sheers, or loading equipment.
Difficult to Access Sites
There are sites that are hazardous to access for crews, such as parking lot islands, median strips along roadways, or other sites where auto traffic is present. Reducing the number of times a crew is required to access one of these sites decreases the likelihood of safety issues.
Keep Crews Off Ladders
Similar to reducing the use of motorized equipment, the fewer number of times crew members are required to utilize ladders and lifts to maintain plants the few number of opportunities there are for safety incidents.
Reduce Sidewalk Lifting
As trees grow in size they have the tendency to lift sidewalks and walkways, creating a tripping risk and liability for the property. The use of growth regulators will slow the growth of large woody roots and reduce the risk of tripping.
There are two different growth regulators to utilize depending on the type of plant being treated: Cambistat®, which is used for trees, and Trimtect®, which is used for shrubs, vines, and groundcovers. Cambistat is applied to soil and may be applied anytime that this ground is not frozen or saturated with water. Trimtect is applied by foliar spray and may be used during the growing season.
A Diagnostic Guide is designed to help you identify a pest issue and management solutions. Always refer to product label for all rates and approved uses. Some images courtesy forestryimages.org. Use of the images does not imply endorsement of treatments by forestryimages.org