2013 Japanese Beetles
I hand-spaded my vegetable garden this year, which was watered last fall and mulched. I encountered only 2 JB grubs. In past years I would encounter 2-5 in a shovel full. I also planted roses and found no JB grubs in the rose beds.
The 2012 drought took its toll on Japanese Beetles. Is there anything else we should be doing right now to control them so they do not come back in 2014? I put down Milky Spore in my yard last year, and again this year. Last year the infestation was devastating to landscape trees, fruit on trees, and roses. None of my roses bloomed from the end of June until September due to J-Beetles eating them.
Can I somehow keep the momentum from Mother Nature's 2012 drought going? In 2013 we are getting record rainfall.