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Re: Re: CULT: mulch

>We may be speaking of two different insects.

Indeed we are.  Here's a link to our MN "armyworms" (Forest Tent 

>No serious pest exist among pine trees 
>here other than pine bark bettles.

According to the link I provided above, our Forest Tent Caterpillars 
don't feed on pines, either, which makes me wonder why they occur in such 
obnoxious abundance in the straw beneath such trees.  The caterpillars 
don't generally bother the irises, either, but they can and have 
completely defoliated sapling trees and mature lilacs in my yard.  That's 
why I have absolutely no desire to introduce more of the disgusting 
things onto my property through the acquisition of infested pine straw. 
Unfortunately, when caterpillar numbers reach their cyclical peak, 
there's really nothing one can purchase for the garden that doesn't come 
with the slimy beasties attached. Yuck!


USDA zone 3b, AHS zone 4 - northern MN
clay soil

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