Aside from Devon, this year has been pretty active in the pest department: two our our enormous snowball trees have been entirely eaten by beetles; our black-eyed Susans have mites; and our maple tree seems to have some root-aphids.
So far we are hesitating to use chemical controls to control our pest situation, especially on Devon. We are looking at replacing the affected snowball trees with hardier plants. And we also want to introduce some predators to our garden to naturally control some of the pests.
Gardening is hard.