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Re: iris

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: iris
  • From: Bob Axmear <bobaxe@sbt.net>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Sep 1997 11:29:41 -0600 (MDT)

Ellen Gallagher wrote:
> >>         My name is Bob Axmear and I live in Northeast Iowa(zone4). I was
> >> wondering if someone would be kind enough to explain what you do about
> >> iris borer. I do what the book say and clean up the old foliage in the
> >> fall and this spring I sprinkled granulated diazanon around the plants
> >> and I noticed I still have some infestation although not as much as
> >> usual.
> >> Thanks
> >> Bob
>         Bob,
>         Are you sure it is the 'borer'? Before you go spraying Cygon 2E
>         and zapping the environment in the process, make sure it is the
>         borer. We don't have the borer here and I don't know why we don't
>         after reading about other Northern gardens. Not all gardens have
>         the borer and if mine ever shows signs of it, I will plant garlic
>         and onion in the iris beds for a couple of years not spraying
>         Cygon 2E which 'may' compromise the plants and the soil.
>         If that fails, I will try something else - folks have been growing
>         bearded and Siberian irises around here for well over a hundred years
>         and no one I have talked to has ever reported saying the effects of
>         the 'borer'.
>         Dunno. Err on the side of caution....
>         Ellen Gallagher   e_galla@moose.ncia.net
	I pull these huge grubs out of them when I dig them up. I would say it
is a borer. 

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