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#3662103 - 05/04/14 08:01 AM Insect damage on Dunstan Chestnut trees
TNlandowner
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I have 34 Dunstan Chestnut trees planted around the farm. I also have 5 Chinese Chestnut trees planted. All of these trees are already growing long healthy leaves and new limbs.

However, I noticed several trees have insect damage on the young tender leaves! I expect Japanese beetles in July, but what is feeding on these trees so early in the year? Oddly, I have over 30 fruit trees with no signs of insect activity. I haven't sprayed the fruit trees since last September.

How should I treat the Chestnut trees?
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#3662982 - 05/05/14 11:51 AM Re: Insect damage on Dunstan Chestnut trees [Re: TNlandowner]
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I get a caterpillar on mine this time of year that will eat the crap out of the leaf. That might be what you have, its a single green worm, usually can find one under a curled up leaf.

Spray them, or if they are not too big, just pick them off.

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#3664624 - 05/07/14 08:41 AM Re: Insect damage on Dunstan Chestnut trees [Re: TS_13]
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I'm spraying today... gotta kill them little buggers....
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#3664732 - 05/07/14 11:23 AM Re: Insect damage on Dunstan Chestnut trees [Re: TNlandowner]
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The deer are eating the leaves off of my one year old trees. Driving me nuts.
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#3664782 - 05/07/14 12:38 PM Re: Insect damage on Dunstan Chestnut trees [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
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Have to cage! I learned my lesson last year..... Evidently we had a good freeze up at the farm, all of my pear trees do not have pears, and my chestnuts have die back (frost kill). bummed....
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#3665646 - 05/08/14 01:17 PM Re: Insect damage on Dunstan Chestnut trees [Re: TS_13]
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I had 2 of 40 chestnut trees without a cage or tree tube. Guess what I found yesterday while spraying the trees? Two deer damaged trees! I had some wire and caged one tree, need to go back and cage the other one today!

600+ freakin' acres of trees around my place, so which ones do the deer go after? The Chestnut trees that I'm trying to grow to produce a lot of mast in the years to come... LOL,

Always some challenge to entertain us as we work to improve habitat.


Edited by TNlandowner (05/08/14 01:25 PM)
Edit Reason: typo
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#3666449 - 05/09/14 11:54 AM Re: Insect damage on Dunstan Chestnut trees [Re: TNlandowner]
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YEP! agreed..... all of my farm and they find the few trees I plant for them!
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