Where garden pests winter
Your garden is immersed in a healthy winter sleep. You also want to take a break from the garden hassle, however ...
Your eyes catch the flickering of grayish-yellow wings in the air - this winter moth. Life does not end even in winter, it just freezes for a while. Winter moth caterpillars are malicious pests that can cause considerable harm to fruit and other deciduous trees. The garden only looks pristine clean. But take a closer look: the bark burst and moved away from the trunk, the wound on the thick branch was poorly healed, the rest of the leaves spread out in a blanket here, and there the larvae and adult insects reliably hid. If you are careful, you will see enemies of the garden and sometimes in winter.
3 tree care tips
- do not forget to clear the fruit tree stems from mosses and lichens,
- heal tree wounds carefully,
- put slaked lime on the trunks
On the branches of trees, dry leaves are securely fixed by spider webs. Such nests leave hawthorn and goldfish. In each nest, wrapped in dense white cocoons, the caterpillars winter: at the hawthorn, 10-70 each, at the goldfish, 200-300 caterpillars. These nests need to be collected and burned in the winter. If they are high, do this with a pole with a hook on the end. White-silver cocoons around the kidneys - winter apartments kidney leaf caterpillars. Thin tops of shoots should be cut along with the nests.
Inspect the trees
A close inspection of the trees reveals a cluster of eggs rose leafletlocated in rings or groups on the smooth bark of trunks and branches, near the kidneys. One cannot help but marvel at the care of the parents. Winter moth butterfly, apple tinker, cherry aphid we took care to arrange the testicles so that the awakened children, as soon as the weather permits, began to process young buds and sticky leaves. Located openly, the eggs are not at all afraid of frost. For example, masonry silkworm able to withstand -35-50 ° C! Insects try to preserve the posterity as much as possible, hiding it securely in the cracks of the bark, hollows and folds of the tree. So the eggs hibernate gray apple and plum aphids, adults of the apple bee-eater, pear throat.
Keep in mind!
Too lazy to remove fallen leaves, we provide a cozy bed for garden pests. Under a warm blanket peacefully distribute places larvae of sawflies and weevils, pupae and caterpillars of butterflies, fruit moths. Such a communal apartment is not to their liking only to such individualists as maysky khrushch. Larvae and adult beetles of this species are able to leave for the winter in the soil to a depth of 1 meter, which greatly complicates the fight against them.
Do not ignore autumn pruning, which contributes to the formation of fruit buds. Do not forget that a well-formed tree is less susceptible to disease and able to withstand the onslaught of pests.