In May of 2014, I bought a young Birch tree and planted it in my mom’s memory. The tree is just outside of my living room window and, recently, my brother, sister-in-law and my nephews came over to place the river rocks around the tree that we collected at her celebration of life. Each rock contains a word or two that was written by friends and family to share their memories of our mom.
I have been faithfully watering the tree each day and trying to make sure it thrives in its new home. Last year I had noticed some of the leaves were beginning to yellow. Upon closer examination, I also discovered the tree had become home to a bug that I have never seen before and this particular creature loves to devour the greenery and skeletonize the foliage. Had these pests been named John, Paul, George or Ringo I may have been a little more forgiving, but these Japanese Beetles waged a war that I had sworn to win.
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I diligently tended to my tree at least three times a day to pick these creatures off, one by one, to rid the poor tree of this unnecessary destruction. Google and the garden center staff seemed to agree that this is the most effective way to eradicate these pesky bugs. I only hoped that I could put an end to them before they put an end to my tree.
My tree blossomed beautifully again this spring but the creatures are back with a vengeance. If anyone is going to Japan in the near future, save some room in your luggage. I would love to send these iridescent insects packing!!