Deer and Japanese beetles, pests in general
I'm trying to plan some plantings for my non-fenced backyard and I'd really like to plant some roses. Since I'm not sure if we're going to be staying in the area, I want to start small..ish. LOL
However, I do not want to go through massive rigamarole, only to find my work destroyed..however I'm willing to fight for a small rigamarole. LOL
Sooooooooo...for those of you in this part of the country..and most especially anyone with knowledge of the west county of Saint Louis, I have basically three questions.
One, what is the scope of the Japanese Beetle problem here, if any?
And two, how much do deer or other wildlife munch on your plantings? Any rose experience in particular?
And what do you all do to stop it if they do?
Whoops, one more question..what on earth are those black flat beetle things iwth the orange/red stripes? They're not BoxElder Bugs..or at least, they dont' look like the pictures of them that I've seen online.
Any information, commments or experience that you'd like to share would be appreciate. TIA!