The Q&A Archives: Controlling Cutworms

Question: How can I control cutworms in my garden? Cathie Benson Minneapolis, MN

Answer: "Cutworms" is an all-encompassing term that includes the larvae of many species of moths. You can keep them from chewing on your plants by surrounding the stem of each plant with a collar of cardboard or newspaper pushed 1 inch into the ground. If you have a severe infestation, you may need to spray your soil with beneficial nematodes, such as the product Grub-Away Nematodes sold by Gardens Alive in Lawrenceburg, Indiana (812) 537-8650. The nematodes kill the grubs and do no harm to your plants.

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