Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday Creature Feature - Grasshopper

The grasshopper is a menace to gardeners everywhere. Their feeding habits disfigure large-leafed plants, leaving irregular chewed areas along the edges of leaves. Fortunately, birds are effective predators. More than 200 species of birds are known to feed on grasshoppers, so planting seed- or berry-producing trees and shrubs to attract more birds to your garden may help keep the grasshopper population down. Sadly, the birds may also be interested in your vegetable garden and fruit-producing plants. Perhaps the best solution is vigilance and two bricks or a sharp pair of pruners to quickly dispatch any grasshoppers caught in the act of feeding on your garden.

The First Friday Creature Feature is hosted right here on the first Friday of every month.  You're invited to join in!  Here's how:
1. Write a post featuring some creature that lives in your garden.
2. Within your post, include a link to my Creature Feature post so your readers will know where to find the creatures.
3. Add your link below and leave a comment.
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3 comments:

AaronVFT said...

Grasshoppers had ruined my nepenthes, lotus and palms. They are such a nuisance and difficult to eradicate completely.

Lona said...

I remember when I was a kid (too many years ago LOL!) that grasshoppers use to be thick here in Ohio. I do not see very many anymore here in the summers. They can really ruin a garden if there are numbers of them.

compost in my shoe said...

I find the handy pair of scissors most effective to controlling this menace...

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