Hi all. I live in Southern Alberta, about 50 miles north of the Montana border. I was given three trees
(no idea what kind) three years ago. At the time they were just sticks about 10 or 12 inches long. I'm amazed that they've survived this long considering their circumstances. Each of them is about 7 feet tall now, but I need some help.
We built our house on the edge of the city, literally next to a farm. The first winter (before we had neighbors or a fence) rabbits came and chewed all three down to the soil.
Over the past two summers we've had a plague of huge grasshoppers. They killed a few plants
in our front yard, but these three trees
Now we've other bug problems.The first tree
has wide lighter green leafs. It's covered with bugs. There are aphids that clump up around the branches. Then there are black flys that crawl around the leaves. Ants and ladybugs also frequent the tree
, as well as a couple of bugs that are completely unfamiliar to me.
Finally, I have a 13 year old daughter who is seriously allergic to some pesticides. We haven't experimented to find out which, we've just tried to keep her clear of all of them.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
This bug is pictured on the apple tree
, but it (and its relatives) usually hangs out on the "bug tree
This guy was eating a black fly.