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How To Stop Cutworms

By Peterthinks
June 30, 2016

I had cutworms killing my tomato plants. To stop it, I did this...

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Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
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Jun 29, 2016 6:40 PM CST

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THIS is what thinking outside the box looks like (outside the raised bed?).

I've done similar using drinking straws on both tomato and pepper plants to stop cutworms and on squash and zukes to try and prevent vine borers from digging in to the stems.

I don't bother anymore though, to be honest. I only lose one or two plants per season to cutworms, and I ALWAYS find the offending critter buried shallowly around whats left of the stem that's still sticking out of the ground, so I just kill it. After I get those first couple I rarely have any trouble.
Name: Lynn
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Jun 29, 2016 8:21 PM CST
That truly is a great idea. Sad to say, we don't have stinging nettle here.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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Jul 1, 2016 5:22 PM CST
I like the idea!

I use a strip of newspaper about 2x6 inches and just wrap it around the tomato stem when planting.

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Name: christine
Westland, Mi (Zone 5b)
Jul 2, 2016 5:40 AM CST
How about tp tubes or paper towel tubes? I 've heard of using these also.

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