Early action needed to control cutworms
June 12, 2002
Cutworms are a common early season garden pest that will need to be dealt with early so you don't lose too much of your yard or garden.
You'll have a hard time seeing them since most of them are night feeders that hide beneath clumps of soil and litter during the day. The most common cutworms are those that cut off your plants at soil level and leave the tops lying on the ground nearby. Climbing cutworms move up onto your plants at night and feed on the foliage.
If cutworms are present, they should be within 1 to 2 inches of the damaged plant and not more than 1 to 3 inches down in the soil...