The Q&A Archives: Controlling Cutworms

Question: How do I control cut worms? Last year they destroyed my garden and they keep coming back. Is there something I can do to prevent them?

Answer: You can protect your newly planted seedlings by placing a paper collar around the stems so the cutworms can't get at them. Just take an empty papertowel or toilet paper roll and cut the cardboard into 3-inch long sections. Place it on the soil aroundthe stem of your transplant, burying the cardboard about one inch into the soil. This will act as a barrier to keep cutworms away. Another trick is to push a stick into the soil next to the stem of the plant, to keep the cutworms from curling around the stem and eating through it. If all else fails, BtK (Bacillus Thurengiensis var. kurstaki) is an organic control for cutworms. Be sure to ask for the granular form.

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