Merit Applications

IMG_4846_cropMerit applications are used on trees such as crape myrtle, hackberry, pin oak, white birch, and flowering plum to prevent aphid infestation.  Merit applications are injected into the soil around trees and shrubs during January and February.

Merit injections are a cost effective and environmentally friendly method for controlling aphids because the application last for approximately one year.

The main alternative to merit injections is spraying trees with an insecticide that is more expensive, less effective, and can be a logistical challenge.  If not treated, the common side effect is a waxy residue/sap that drips onto cars and grounds and is transferred into the buildings by foot traffic.  Also, infestations can distort leaf growth and appearance, taking away from the beauty of your plants and trees.

Merit FAQ’s

What types of insects does Merit control?

Merit controls many insects including aphids, ash sawfly, leafhopper, leafminer, mealy bugs, japanese beetles, lacebug, thrips, whiteflies, birch borers, and many more.  Please note that Merit does not control spider mites.

I have insects on my tree now, is Merit the best treatment?

No, Merit will not begin to control the insects for 3-8 weeks after application.

Is there anything I should do for the tree after the application is performed?

You do not have to do anything for the tree.

If you would like more information on Merit applications, please contact our service desk.

Service above and beyond

Our Promise

Edith Pina, Customer Service Supervisor

We have made it a central principle of our company to develop customer service relationships built on understanding, integrity and a commitment to our clients’ needs and challenges.

In our business, we know that delivering excellent customer service is not a one-time affair. Our team always works to foster a culture of trust with our clients, one that encourages a successful partnership for many years to come.

Your trust is our most valued asset, and providing you with excellent customer service that helps us to keep it is our business – and our pleasure.

Service Calls

We have a Customer Service team dedicated to you.  When you have a service request, we ask that you call or email the service desk so your work order can be entered in our database.   This ensures everyone who works on your account is up to speed and helps us identify trends in the field.

P: 916-379-9088


Other Inquiries?  

P: 916-379-9088


From all of us at The Growing Company, thank you for your business!

Come visit us at BOMA Sacramento Taste of the Town

Come visit our wine booth at the BOMA Sacramento Taste of the Town Vendor Showcase on Thursday, 9/13 for a chance to win prizes, enjoy some great wine, and have a good time!

Event Information
Doubletree by Hilton, Sacramento
Grand Ballroom
2001 Point West Way
Sacramento, CA 95815
Thursday, 9/13, 4:00pm – 8:00pm
PROPERTY MANAGERS GET IN FREE!  Click here for more information and to register.


Decoy Pinot Noir ’10 – Wine Score 87

Winemaker Notes: The aromas offer enticing layers of Bing cherry, anise, cola, mint and oak-inspired vanilla. On the palate, the wine displays lovely weight and balance with rich and appealing layers of raspberry, fresh strawberry pie, Santa Rosa plum and morel mushroom, all underscored by a streak of acidity that carries the flavors to a long, satisfying finish.

Decoy Sauvignon Blanc ’11 – Wine Score 88

Winemaker Notes: The bright, enticing nature of this wine is immediately apparent in the aromatics, where tropical notes of guava and passion fruit mingle with hints of fresh-cut grass and grapefruit blossom. On the palate, crisp green apple and pineapple flavors are supported by a touch of citrus zest, with uplifting acidity contributing length and poise to this lovely Sauvignon Blanc.

You can find us in the Mexico Region.  We hope you’ll stop by and say hello!


Morgan Garrett

Customer Spotlight – Let’s take a trip to CalSTRS

Property Management Firm: Jones Lange LaSalle

Property Manager: Betsie Goulart

Landscape Maintenance: The Growing Company

Location: 100 Waterfront Place, West Sacramento, CA, 95605

LEED Certification: LEED Platinum


Saves energy, reduces water consumption, healthier work environment

The CalSTRS building has earned a LEED Platinum rating by the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest rating given, making it one of Sacramento’s most environmentally friendly buildings.  Reaching Platinum-level certification is a rigorous process which requires extensive inspections of the following categories: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resource selection, indoor environmental quality, innovation and design.

The Growing Company is proud to contribute to their platinum-level certification.  We have maintained the landscape at this 4.5 acre property since it was built in 2009.  The Growing Company assists their LEED Certification process through a series of monthly reports and green landscaping techniques.  The Growing Company meets the unique challenges of water conservation by using water-efficient landscaping along with smart irrigation practices, which equates to a 40% reduction in water usage!


Improves air quality, reduce stress

In addition to the external landscape maintenance, The Interior Plant Company designs and maintains the indoor plants and holiday decor.  The use of indoor plants throughout the building is not only aesthetically beautiful, but is a natural way of improving building air quality.  Interior plants play a vital role in continuing the theme of a healthy and tranquil environment.

“I am always impressed by the commitment and dedication provided by The Growing Company. Their expertise, responsiveness and professionalism to all of their clients is truly exceptional.” – Betsie Goulart, JLL Property Manager

Ask us how we can can help your existing building earn LEED certification!