Sometimes you plant your plants and do everything you can to take care of them only to have bugs come through one day and wipe out half the plant. This happened with my roses this year. Little tiny green worms ate every leaf on my rosebushes. Every. Single. One. Thankfully I managed to kill most of them and the roses survived. Next on the list was apparently my fruit trees. The Japanese beetles came out and ate my cherry and peach trees. They preferred to eat the trees I planted this year. For some reason the more established ones hardly got nibbled at all. Or perhaps it is harder to tell since they have more leaves to hide it. But my poor new fruit trees really got attacked this summer. To combat the bugs we put out the bug bags and hand picked the beetles off the trees and bushes when we could. I hope that helps for next year. I’m also hoping that the chickens will help, since when we were digging in the yard this spring and found the japanese beetle grubs I gave them to the chickens and they loved eating them. So I hope that next year they find all the yummy grubs and I won’t have to worry about the beetles. But even if they don’t get them all I know to look out for them and to stop them ASAP! The second I see them, not a few days later.
This is my peach tree, thankfully growing new leaves, and below it the poor cherry tree, and a bug I found on it this morning.