My previously healthy zucchini plants were devastated by squash vine borers a...
My previously healthy zucchini plants were devastated by squash vine borers a few weeks ago. I was growing them in a container, and plan to get rid of all the dirt so the eggs will not be present next year. I would like to cover the plants with gardening cloth next year to prevent another infestation. But I know the plants have to be uncovered at times so the bees can fertilize the plants. Do you have any advice on how to manage the plant covers so the bees can access them at the same time but also protect the plants as much as possible?
Montgomery County Maryland
See our Insect profile on Squash vine borer for tips on prevention and control http://extension.umd.edu/growit/insects/squash-vine-borer
Next season as soon as you plant or put in your transplants cover with floating row cover. Some gardeners remove the covers from 8am-noon each day when flowering begins and bees are active, and place the covers back on after noon.
See our publication for more information on floating row cover http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/GE004_Floating_Row_C...