The box tree caterpillar

I am now feeling more hopeful about planting box in the garden. Last year we treated once and found just a few caterpillars. I think the birds have learnt to eat this caterpillar so I am reluctant to use any product which might have an affect on the birds. 3 years ago we cut to ground level the box growing in the woods and we shredded the lot. It is now growing really well and we have never treated it. If you have a healthy population of tits, I think this will be enough to keep this pest under control.

We will see what happens this year. Maybe we can start to replant, as box really is the best choice for many situations.

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