Not to Bore you, but…

November 14th, 2011

Like many of our garden guests point out, growing figs is quite a challenge, especially when dealing with that notorious pest, the Fig Tree Borer. In summertime, the larvae of this beetle bore through the bark at the base of the trunk, and they can eventually ring-bark the tree, killing it.

Our solution is to loosely cover the tree trunks with biddem and metal mesh, creating a barrier from underneath the soil, extending up at least 60cm. This covering is fastened with tree ties at the top, as well as at the base. It’s a lot of work, but worth it to keep this nasty beetle from crawling in and killing our fig trees.


 

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