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    Mango leaf cutter?

    Anyone know the name of the insect that cleanly cuts/chews off newly produced Mango leaves? Whatever does it just lets the cut section fall on the ground.


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    It could be the Mango leaf-cutting weevil: mango leaf-cutting weevil (Deporaus marginatus)



    The link also provides information on how to control them.

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    Thanks Troy, now I can perhaps get rid of them.

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    Dayum son thats some good looking grass you got there. I need to keep up on the watering & cutting & edging on mine ffs.

    Thats that thick blade malay grass right?

    Assuming thats a Thailand pic.

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    I am in Ting Tong Land and fcuk knows what type of grass it is. I had no real gardening experiences when we had the house built about 11+ years ago. I spoke with a poster who lived in the same village. His name was/is 'Tsicar'. He told me to overlay the volcanic gravel type soil they have around here with 100mm of soil from the rice fields, nowhere else. Then see what grows. Then before weeds etc get too big just cut everything back and keep doing so. That I did. Eventually the grass, which gets thicker by cutting, gets more and more with the weeds getting less and less. After about a year or so you get a lawn, over 1 Rai, such as I have. Best machine to get is one with a 'mulcher'. That puts the chopped up grass back into lawn ie a fertilizer.
    When the grass stops growing in November I leave the garden to the elements and it basically disappears/dies until the rains come in April/May. I then spray a broad-leaf weed killer making it easier for the grass to get a better start. And that is how I get my grass.
    This pic below is another part of my garden where I planted Mango trees about a year ago.
    To cut down on my grass cutting duties, I cut about every 5th day in the rain season, I spray grass killer on the perimeter of the lawn against the walls. It means I don't have to strim the edges.
    I hope that answers you question?


    I always use the shortest cut setting on my mower.
    Last edited by Pragmatic; 20-06-2017 at 12:59 PM. Reason: I always use the shortest cut I can get away with on the mower.

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    We have a number 'exotic' birds, in a number of individual cages. We recently built a large aviary to contain them all. It was built around a mango tree - we thought the birds would enjoy jumping around the branches. However, amongst this birds were a couple of parakeets, who found great delight in stripping all the leaves off the mango tree. Now all they have is bare branches! Might be birds!

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    The leaves aren't stripped off. They're always 'surgically' cut, 90 Deg to the leaf.

    Definitely
    Mango leaf cutting weevil


    Last edited by Pragmatic; 21-06-2017 at 07:15 PM.

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