I've been in the garden... murdering caterpillars! Someone help!
Somebody please help me! I had the most gorgeous bed of petunias that suddenly started to die last week. I thought they couldn't handle the hot sun, despite the fact that so many of you told me they could.
I gave up tonight as they were basically all dead anyway and ripped them all out (feeling a little queasy as I threw them away). As I looked down at the dirt, I saw little green caterpillars. I went inside, grabbed a flaslight and one of my husbands shoes and started murdering wacking away at the ones trying to escape out of the dirt and onto the nearby flagstone. My neighbors surely think I'm nuts by now!
What do I do to get rid of these multi-legged little petunia killers?
How can I be sure the soil is free of them to plant something new?
And how do I prevent them from coming back?
Someone w/ knowledge of these little monsters...help me out!