Greengirls Helen Yarmoska, Nicole Hvidsten, Martha Buns, Connie Nelson, Kim Palmer and Mary Jane Smetanka are dishin' the dirt from the back-yard garden and beyond. Whether you're a greenthumb or greenhorn, they're eager to learn from your mishaps, mistakes - and most importantly, your sweet successes - all growing season long.
My rose got eaten from top to bottom some leaf feeder a few weeks back. I immediately grabbed the "all purpose rose spray" out of the garage and went at it. The directions said to get the top and bottom of the leaves -- what leaves? There was nothing left but sticks. I sprayed anyway! A couple weeks later I got some new leaves, sprayed them and hoped for the best.
If you've ever seen a shorn llama, that's what my shrub rose looks like. Skinny sticks on the bottom and a fluff at the top. I can't bear to cut it down so it will just have to do.
After staring at my "llama rose" a few minutes I figured I better read what the University of Minnesota has to say... http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/dg6953.html
It looks like I had Japanese beetles attack my roses. The best method of control is spraying, so I didn't mess up too much. But, it sounds like they can come back. I don't want to keep spraying all the time! Now what?
Do dragonflies eat Japanese beetles? How about toads? This little feller lives near my pond. Maybe he'll help.
Anyone have suggestions?
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