Protect your plants from Cicadas - Wrap them in netting!
|Are you in a zone that will be attacked by cicadas this year? Protect small trees and shrubs with craft netting. It is wide, inexpensive, comes in a variety of colors, and the holes are finer than petticoat netting but sturdier than tulle and bridal veiling. You will want to make sure to drape any plants whose branches are between ½”-1.5” (12cm - 36cm) – or between a pencil and a large marker thick. Female cicadas tear slits in these branches and lay their eggs in the slits. Don’t worry about the large trees – any damage to their smaller branches will be like natural pruning. Use craft netting to cover your trees and shrubs, securing the netting at the base and making sure the entire plant is covered so the female cicada can’t lay her eggs and destroy your shrub. If you use green netting, your landscape will look lush. Or you can have some fun by making every shrub a different, vibrant color for a wild rainbow effect.|