Trials and Tribulations of a Certified Plant Nut!
Hi Barbara, Congratulations on your new MAC! I have a MAC that is a few years old. I love it and think it was one of our best investments. We use it for everything including watching television shows. Is this your first MAC? I am no expert, but am glad to help out as best I can. Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you like and I'll give you my phone number. Just remember I am no expert...You and your struggle with Japanese beetles have crossed my mind a few times. In my garden they started off in one of the roses. When the flowers faded they abandoned my rose and spread to my Porcelain Vine. The vine is hard to reach, so I zapped them with a spray of insecticidal soap. Then they disappeared... It seems to go to be true. Surely they can't have been defeated that easily?? Are they in hiding? What is your experience? Do they only come out for a month or so and then hibernate until the spring?
Jennifer, you may rue the day you offered your assistance. But thank you so much. The dreaded beetles breed, drop and lay eggs in the soil. In September you could do a treatment with nematodes. I missed the boat this year. Today I was listening to Paul Zammit of the TBG and he said the only he recommends is the collection method with the old bucket of death - water and soap. I certainly hope that next year is better for them (actually better for us - fewer of them!).
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