Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

Hi neighbors! This will be my first experience with the influx of cicadas and wanted to hear any advice on prepping my garden? I completely redid my front yard 6 months ago (including new tree/shrubs/flowers) and heard while they do not eat plants, they can still destroy them.

A majority of us have cleaned up our yards with the new season and was wondering if anyone put netting on new plants in preparation? Some gardening sites have said to do so.”

another readers asks:

“I have only been in the area a few years and recently added potted trees to my a second floor deck. I had been thinking about the upcoming cicada invasion as an on the ground issue but am starting to worry that being a floor removed will not actually provide enough protection. Can’t seem to find good online advice and am hoping some of your readers might be able to share their experience!”

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