Posted: 27/07/2013 at 00:29
I sympathise Susan.....you want a nice garden....and you have a right to that. I don't generally use chemicals because I tend to believe nature will create a balance for me in the long run. However, sometimes we have to control certain pests....ants, woodlice (from entering our home) and caterpillars. We are urged to pick off cabbage white to protect our cabbages, etc., and we keep birds off our emerging fruits. We kill slugs and snails
You can't physically spray everything for caterpillars so maybe you could spray certain plants you really value. Perhaps next year the field will be mown and the situation thus resolved. Maybe you could rethink some of your planting....maybe grow a few ornamental grasses. I think plants like veronicastrum dont get eaten by caterpillars or slugs. Astrantias and astilbes too may be resistant. Could you cut back on fertilisers a little to create less lush growth on your plants? Lush, leafy well fed Plants often attract pests I think
It has been the year of the caterpillar it seems although for me it's been my hardy geraniums that have been attacked and I have never known this before.
you want your garden back and do not want a collection of butterflies. I wish you well susan