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I love looking outside and seeing how well our pomegranate tree is dong this year. We've raised it over the past 6 years from a tiny sapling and now it's producing some beautiful fruit.
But the other day my daughter came running inside screaming, "The patio is swarming with ants!" I went out to see what was going on and I see a ton of ants making a line across the lawn and headed directly for the pomegranate tree. They were climbing up the trunk and crawling all over the leaves! By nature, I'm the "live and let live" type when it comes to insects outdoors. So I left them alone, assuming they could do no harm. But this morning I noticed that many of the tree's leaves have shriveled up and I'm afraid that ants will kill the tree or at least ruin the fruit.
Does anyone have any information that can help me?
First of all, why are the ants suddenly attacking this tree?
Can they do real damage?
If so, what is the simplest way to get them to stop and keep them off of the tree?
I prefer a natural remedy to using chemicals, but if only chemicals will help I'm willing to go that route.
Do you have a bag of potatoes that looks like this one? Here's what to do! Mine made a beautiful container with flowers on the front porch one year! :) It's so fun digging them out! Like
hunting for treasure. My kids were three and they dug in that pot all day! Potatoes don't like heat, so plant them as early as you can. They won 't make it all the way through the summer. Then, treasure hunt time!
Got this used Mantis tiller at a yard sale for $15 recently. All it needed was a carburetor, which my husband stole off the gas blower. I took it to the compost bin, reducing it down to a
manageable level. I can never get the compost to turn over with just a pitchfork, it is too heavy. I will admit, it was a mess, the tiller kept getting full and I had to keep the tines clean. But I am glad it did the job. BTW, this little baby is powerful in the veggie garden, too! I think it will outperform the medium & large tillers we have.
OK all you master gardeners, I need your expertise. First, let me say that I live in Texas and I am trying to build a bed in an area that has hard rocky soil. A friend of mine dug out
the area to about 5 inches deep. I do not want to use the black landscaping paper. However, someone told me to use cardboard. They said to lay it on the existing rocky soil. Then to fill in with garden soil followed by a layer of several sheets of newspaper and then mulch on top. Does this sound good to you or do you have any other suggestions?