Another Spring has arrived and with it the tent caterpillars. These pesky creatures can defoliate a tree in no time flat...causing its' death. I was told that Vaseline petroleum jelly smeared around the trunk of a tree can act as a physical barrier for these nasty worms with fur. I will try anything...I have even gone so far as torching the caterpillar nests (I always fear starting a forest fire, though). Since we have doubled the size of our orchards this year, I thought it prudent to donn gloves and get busy smearing trunks.This happy cherry tree almost succombed to munching caterpillars last Spring.
PS....Maddie, of course, had to help me with this process and came away with Vaseline all over the top of her head. Nothing like a 140 lb. Newfie with "greasy kid stuff"! I am thinking of changing her name to "Slick".