It is very sad that you and it seems like everyone else, including most practitioners, call this PHC and IPM. Nothing could be further from the truth, that is just squirt and fert chemical application and like you said is bad in every way except for fattening bankrolls.... I am talking about the guys who relentlessly spray, inject and soak chemicals into the environment with what seems to be little to no regard on a daily ..
I think it was Joni Mitchell Big Yellow Taxi that sums it up for me when I think about pesticide...... for landscape trees? Seems like a bunch of BS from what I have seen. Makes me think of drug dealers. No concern or consideration of the "big picture"
Somebody put me in my place here.
I am not talking about mulch rings and air spades, I am talking about the guys who relentlessly spray, inject and soak chemicals into the environment with what seems to be little to no regard on a daily basis.
Maybe my intuition is wrong but it seems to me that no good can come of this.
Eventually, a straw will break the Camel's back. Another philosophical topic...you, as a drop in the river, still make a difference.Diversify the futur and deal with it one at a time. I respect your position will not try and change it though I wish more felt as I do about the big picture with all the affects of chemical usage whether on target applied or otherwise. I do not support chemical usage and will not ever. Personal choice and I'm only one person a rain drop in a river.
I feel that.When I say I think about Tree Time, it includes myself, and everything I use on a daily basis under the pretense of tree "care"...when in actuality, I'm really no better than anyone else. It's a tough one to wrap my head around, and I'm still working on that. Every day
Topical or systemic treatments that can prevent or stop life threatening conditions are not a bad thing if the life under consideration warrants it. They (chemicals) just can't be the only answer to every situation. The resources that we have available to us now for diagnostic and remediation of out of wack growth conditions are truly incredible. But it is rare that we get called out to look at problem before it happens.The hard thing to face is that chemical intervention is symptomatic treatment...