This is my first post, my first successful post anyway. I don't know what happened to the other one. I seem to be astoundingly incapable of successfully posting a message.
Anyway, I'm in Cedar Rapids IA and my wife and I just bought our first home last summer. Not only that, the previous owner had been aggressively composting for more than 10 years, so the soil quality is more than we could ever ask for.
The problem is this. Last year, we got absolutely blasted by Japanese Beetles. Does it do my garden any good to treat my lawn and trees when the neighbors do not? I can't help but think that they'll just fly the 6' from my neighbors back yard into my garden, regardless of how much milky spore I pour onto my own yard.
I haven't even began to think about what I'll do to protect my apple tree because it hangs over my neighbors yard and they have a beautiful old yellow lab, that I'd rather not poison, but that's a question that I'm sure a google search or two can answer.
Anyway, it's nice to meet all of you! I'm really excited to be part of the group. Be patient with me as this is my first year gardening since I was a little kid so I'll probably be a bit excitable with my posts this summer-ha!