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Q.what is the best protection against ‘Saw Fly’?

Zone Crewkerne Somerset. | derjame4 added on February 20, 2019 | Answered

I have two gooseberry bushes which were badly affected last year.

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Answered on February 20, 2019

Since the larvae that do the damage emerge from the soil, using a row cover is preventative only if you had no sawflies last year. Closely inspecting the underside of the lowest leaves weekly allows you catch an infestation early where manual control may be possible. The Royal Horticultural Society gives this advice: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=517

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