IVM Technical Bulletin
At the end of the season, evaluate and fine-tune your
program in order to improve it the next year. Some questions to ask at
the end of the season might be:
1. Were the objectives of the management program met?
2. Were all the necessary components of the program actually
3. Were they integrated successfully? Were the right people
involved in the integration?
4. Which control methods worked and which didn't?
5. Do some of these methods need fine-tuning?
6. What kind of follow-up is needed next year?
7. How can I best communicate this information?
Costs are central to a decision to continue an IVM program.
It is important to keep in mind that the transition period to IVM will
probably involve investing in the management of infested areas to achieve
stable vegetation that will reduce management costs in future years. Native
plants and other beneficial vegetation take years to establish. Although
you may find that total annual costs drop during the first year of IVM,
it is also possible that costs may increase somewhat; however, after two
or three years costs should decline and stabilize below the historical
Last modified: August 17, 2000
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