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When army worms attack!

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July 9, 2011 — A blob of writhing creatures is marching across your lawn! What can you do; who can you call? Mike McGrath discusses what to do when army worms attack! Plus organic answers to all your growing questions.

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Question of the Week

We have a beautiful hedge of Knockout roses across the front of our house, with a sidewalk between the roses and the lawn. Over the last couple weeks the roses have been ravaged by something. We looked for the culprit but couldn’t detect anything. Then I was walking down the sidewalk and noticed three “blobs” that were moving. Upon closer inspection, the blobs consisted of hundreds of tiny larvae that seemed to be covered with some kind of slime. I used a commercial insect spray to prevent them from getting to the roses, but the past two mornings, new blobs have shown up that I’ve had to dispatch. Any idea what these critters are? How do I get rid of them and save our roses? Get the answer »

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