Cicadas - protect trees?
It just occurred to me that I should ask you about this.
Tennessee will be hosting the 17-year cicadas in May. They are projected to be very heavy in my region, middle Tennessee.
I have several young deciduous trees, many of them less two years old. Do I need to cover all of these? I'm especially concerned about a very small Yellowood, and the 4 ft. Chalk Bark Maple and Paperbark Maples I planted last fall. I also have five Japanese Maples that I'd sure hate to lose! They're a bit older than the aforementioned trees, but not completely mature.
Most of what I'm reading online recommends covering young trees with netting, but my mom talked to a local expert and came away with the impression that he wasn't too concerned - he seemed to think most trees would bounce back from any damage done.
What say you, tree experts? If I'm covering stuff, I'd better be getting on it this weekend. Thanks!