Pollinator Stewardship Council runs article about Southern Heritage Nursery

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Mary Holcombe, owner of Southern Heritage Nursery, was featured in the early May 2015 issue of the Pollinator Stewardship Council’s newsletter, for her innovative approach on container tree and shrub production.  At Southern Heritage Nursery there are never any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides sprayed on the plants, which is surely a breath of fresh air for our neighboring insect populations (not to mention our drinking water).  Of most importance, they never spray neonicotinoids – or any other pesticides – organically derived, or not.  The nursery operates in harmony with the good bug/bad bug balance that exists in most natural places, and provides habitat for a stable and healthy amount of praying mantis, who in turn, take care of any pest issues that may arise.  The only active methods of pest control used are with pheromone traps.

“I feel it is our responsibility to raise our nursery stock in a way that coexists with all of our region’s living creatures, especially our pollinating insects, who can use all the help they can get right now.  Many of our plants can actually be used in gardening/farming applications, specifically for attracting beneficial and pollinating insects to your cultivated crops.  It seems counterintuitive to spray bug poison on such plants.”

You can read the article here.