Wednesday, July 13, 2011
For the first time ever, some insects are eating up the leaves of my cherry tree.
At night, it's really creepy. At about midnight, you can stand by the tree and hear the Japanese beetles munching on the leaves. It's a loud snipping, clipping, and chewing sound that is quite annoying and undesirable.
I have to rake the yard around the tree every day, all those brown, curled leaves with multiple bite holes. The birds always eat up all the cherries before I even know they've ripened. But now bugs are eating up all the leaves.
I called a tree surgeon. I was told that it would cost $175 for them to come out and spray the tree, but in one month the bettles would be gone, and the tree will be stressed but will survive.
I have decided to let nature work it out without any chemical interference.