[Market-farming] Japanese Beetles and Milky Spore disease

STEVE GILMAN stevegilman at verizon.net
Fri Aug 1 13:32:35 EDT 2008

It's my understanding you have to innoculate grass/lawn SOD, because  
that's where the grubs develop and overwinter. The instructions say  
to put a tablespoon of milky spore powder in a grid four feet apart...

Ruckytucks Farm
On Aug 1, 2008, at 1:21 PM, market-farming-request at lists.ibiblio.org  

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> From: "Wyatt Jones" <wyatt_jones at netzero.com>
> Subject: [Market-farming] Japanese Beetles and Milky Spore disease
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> You can apply the Milky spore anytime during the season from what I  
> understand.  It also helps to control moles because it kills the  
> grubs they eat and they go elsewhere to find food, too bad it  
> doesn't work on groundhogs as I have a problem with those guys at  
> the moment.    To avoid taking up a lot of space here is a link to  
> a FAQ with some further info.
> www.milkyspore.com/milkysporefaq.htm
> I'm not sure if the compost pile way is the best method as the  
> spores live on and multiply by infecting grubs, which aren't in  
> active compost piles.  It seems like a good way to save a step (and  
> money) but it works faster if applied directly to a heavily  
> infested area of larvae if you can identify it though in the long  
> run it takes longer to spread.  I does spread pretty well but I  
> need to inoculate 20 acres so to save money I plan to dilute the  
> spores and be a little patient.  Those beetles are really eating up  
> my Chinese chestnut trees though and I'm worried they might weaken  
> them, making them suseptable to blight.  They eat everything but  
> seem to favor those above about everything else around here for  
> some reason.

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