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Right now I have veronicas and penstemons that I can just lift off the ground because they have no roots; all eaten away by curl grubs.
A little dig in the soil underneath will usually find a few fat grubs that can be chucked to the birds.
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) Of course I don't want to use a toxic chemical curl grub killer - can anyone help before my plants are all history?
Posted by Giacomo ACT Australia on Tue, Apr 13, 04 at (
A biologically safe and efficient way of getting rid of them is to use nematodes that you can buy through some nurseries.
On a larger scale, councils spray nematodes on sports grounds, garden parks, etc.
Black flower wasps also hunt them; they are fairly big wasps, with black bodies and metallic-blue wings.
I have seen them burrowing into the soil, using some kind of natural ability to home in on the grubs.
I think that curl grubs can do a lot of damage; more than many people suspect.
The grubs are underground, out of sight and probably responsible for a lot of fatalaties that are blamed on other causes.
I have lots of large pot plants with various plants (including fruits and vegies) and want an eco friendly solution for getting rid of them as they're killing all the plants.
It's not practical to re-pot them all or to go through them individually (too many!