Evelyn
Evelyn
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Asked on Jun 17, 2019

How should I protect coneflowers from chomping insects?

Joy30150932Liliana WellsLynn Sorrell

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Every year when my coneflowers begin to flower, something starts eating them before the flowers can fully develop. Also is happening to coleas. I don’t want to use dangerous pesticides.

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  • Lynn Sorrell
    on Jun 17, 2019

    Buy Nematodes for soil,Live Lady bugs,Pratying Mantis Egg cases,Green Lacewings,& Pirate bugs,Parasitic Wasps all these benewficial bugs I use in my garden Never used any pesticides,in my garden areas. mosquito dunks or bits in soil or areas to kill mosquitos and fungus gnats. I buy most items from Arbico Organics.com High Sierra lady bugs or Praying Mantis egg cases on ebay. Earthworms or Red Wrigglers for soil from Uncle Jims Worm farm. only pesticide I 've used is Amdro ant bait for gravel sidewalk driveway in front of house and only if constant flooding of colony with water will not get them to leave area I need to walk or stand. Ants are needed/beneficial to pollination of plants and break down of organic waste on/in ground

  • Liliana Wells
    on Jun 17, 2019

    Try DE.

  • Joy30150932
    on Jun 19, 2019

    Try one part hand soap liquid to 40 parts water and spray on. Let sit for about 10 minutes or so and then spray off again with the hose. Do not do this in the hot sun.

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