All Things Gardening forum: My grape plant is being eaten alive!

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treelovingguy
Jun 25, 2017 10:14 PM CST
Hi everyone. I recently planted a grape plant and it was doing great for a while. The other day I noticed small holes in all of it's leaves. I am sure some bug is eating it. My question is what is the most natural way of making sure no more pests or critters eat my plant.

I was thinking of purchasing 100 percent pure cold pressed neem oil and spraying it on the leaves but many sites say it should be diluted with water. What is the best ratio to dilute neem oil and water and will it be effective if I spray it on the plants?

I am willing to try anything as long as the method is completely natural and eco friendly. I do not want to pollute the environment. I heard some websites say to use dish washing detergent but that seems to toxic for me.

Thanks so much for any help you can give me.



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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 26, 2017 9:31 AM CST
Find some 100% Neem and follow the package directions. Spray after the sun has set so the trees don't burn. Neem is not a contact poison, its a systemic, so will take a couple weeks to work.

It looks like your trees and grape are planted in the lawn. That could be the source of some of your bugs and the lawn is definitely competing for nutrients. If the only water the trees get is when you water the lawn, you will not have healthy deep rooted trees.

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GenXNEGeorgia
Jun 26, 2017 10:40 AM CST
DaisyI said:Find some 100% Neem and follow the package directions. Spray after the sun has set so the trees don't burn. Neem is not a contact poison, its a systemic, so will take a couple weeks to work.

It looks like your trees and grape are planted in the lawn. That could be the source of some of your bugs and the lawn is definitely competing for nutrients. If the only water the trees get is when you water the lawn, you will not have healthy deep rooted trees.



Thanks for the tips with the neem oil! I have been having critter problems on some of our veggie/herb garden and I want to keep things relatively organic. Is neem generally effective and/or safe to use on veggies, herbs, etc?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 26, 2017 2:16 PM CST
This may answer your questions. It is from Oregon State University:

http://npic.orst.edu/factsheet...
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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