Re: Climbing Rose Bushes

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Posted by Newt on July 10, 2003 at 16:58:38:

In Reply to: Climbing Rose Bushes posted by J.R. on July 08, 2003 at 16:26:21:

: I live in west central Illinois. Just this year my climbing rose bushes have holes in the leaves. The roses bloomed about mid May into June. By mid June I had all of these holes in the leave. There are no bugs visible. Is there a home remedy that I can spray on the bush?

Hi JR,
It seems that the Japanese beetle is at work again. That is usually what eats holes like that. Best thing to do is apply milky spore in the fall to kill the grub form before they come out of the ground. If you do find any Japanese beetles, pick them off and either squish them or put them in soapy water. You might also be able to use neem if you can see the beetles. Take a look here for milky spore, neem and other environmentally friendly remedies.

Best of luck,

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