Why the name “Songbird Landcare”
I’m frequently asked “how did you come up with the name “Songbird Landcare”?
Though the environment is a priority in treatment decisions, the “lions share” of the answer is centered upon an issue that I learned of several years ago and have since become involved with: habitat loss due to the rapid spread of non-native invasive plants.
I incorporated Songbird Landcare in October 2011, after twenty-five years in the Tree, Shrub & Lawn Care Industry. Through those years, my appreciation for certain practices popularly referred to as “organic”, has grown. Those practices are combined with modern synthetic products and practices in such a way as to provide effective treatment in a sustainable and environment conscious way.
If you’re unfamiliar with what a non-native invasive plant is, in a nutshell, it’s a plant that’s introduced to an area by way of human intervention, and subsequently spreads and displaces the native vegetation of the respective area, causing economic harm, environmental harm, or harm to human health. They often have perilous effects on the habitat of native songbirds and are a leading cause for the loss of local species populations, as well as species extinction. That’s serious business for songbirds, other wildlife, nature boys like myself, and others.
There are approximately 150 non-native plants documented as a threat or probable threat to Georgia’s natural areas. A current list can be found at www.gaeppc.org.
To help combat the problem, I got involved with the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council (GA-EPPC), eventually serving as president. Later I served as president of the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council (SE-EPPC), which is an umbrella organization for seven southern states. In addition to leading the organization, I help “spread the message” by speaking to groups and helping organize workshops and conferences.
Due to my particular cadre of education and life experiences, I realized that I could incorporate an invasive plant control service into my business and in so doing, help the native songbird population. And I like songbirds, so “Songbird Landcare” came to be.
Songbird Landcare is located in Stockbridge, Georgia. We offer Lawn Care, Tree Care and Invasive Plant Control, and related services. Lawn Care and Tree Care services are offered to areas south of I-20 and East of I-85. Invasive Plant Control services are offered to areas within a fifty mile range of McDonough, Georgia.
Certified Arborist No. SO-1892A
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, University of Georgia, August, 1987
Major: Ornamental Horticulture
Certified Arborist: International Society of Arboriculture (#SO-1892)
Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator: Georgia Department of Agriculture
Category No. 24 – Ornamental and Turf Pest Control
- Category No. 23 – Forest Pest Control
- Category No. 26 – Aquatic Pest Control
Category No. 27 – Right of Way
Category No. 33 – Demonstration and Research
License No. 01035
Past President, Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council (SE-EPPC)
Board Member, Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council (GA-EPPC)
Member, GA, SE, and Natl Exotic Pest Plant Council’s
Member, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
Member, Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC)
Member, Georgia Urban Ag Council (UAC)