Bizarro World

True native plant gardeners are a strange breed for sure. They plant nectar sources for pollinator species and host (food) sources predominately for butterfly and moth larvae (caterpillars). They are the only gardeners I know that are disappointed if the fruits of their labor are not at least partially consumed by what most gardeners would deem “pests”. They don’t go running to grab the nearest pesticide spray. Instead, they celebrate what comes . . .

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  1. tee hee. I like it. While doing my internship in the summer of 1988, we sometimes sprayed valley oaks for whatever the clients might be bothered by. We could not talk them out of it. The problem was that after spraying, there would be dead caterpillars and all sorts of other insects laying about everywhere! It was nasty, and sort of made one wonder how dangerous the poison was. Anyway, killing off all the critters invariably disrupted the ecology of the trees, so that some other critter would become a problems shortly after. Winter was really the only safe season. We used to tell the clients that no matter how bad the munching is on the foliage, they are better off not knowing what REALLY is going on up there. Sycamores actually get too heavy with foliage and drop huge limbs if deprived of the pathogens that ruing the foliage and some of the stems. No one wants to hear that.

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    1. Hi Tony,

      I agree 100% that “killing off all the critters invariably disrupted the ecology of the trees.” I don’t think the layman has any idea as to the extent of “collateral” damage. It has been at least 10 years since I had a vegetable garden, but I abstained from using pesticides to control Japanese Beetles on my green beans. Instead, I picked them off twice daily and disposed of them. The beneficial insects approved of my efforts. I could hear their little claps and cheers . . .

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      1. I often brag about my peach tree that has never been sprayed for peach leaf curl since it was planted in 1985. It gets pruned aggressively (like peach trees should) and then grown more vigorously than the pathogen can keep up with. It certainly gets peach leaf curl every year, but is not too bothered by it.

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