So last August I planted a rose bush, and this summer it was doing fine... until something started eating the leaves. When I saw the leaves were getting ravaged, I took water and soaked garlic in it, then sprayed that on the leaves every day. It stopped the damage from getting any worse, and then once I started working I didn't have as much time and stopped the "treatment". By the end of the summer, whatever had started eating never really left, because almost all my leaves were eaten and there was nothing left but the skeleton of the leaves, and then after a while only the stems.
I did so much research and I still have no clue what it was. I doubt it was a japaneese beetle. Often I'd look under the leaves to see if something was there, and only one day at the end of summer did I finally see some little black bugs (I sprayed them of with water, but still the next day it had gotten worse).
SO to you experienced gardeners... what could it have been? And what can I do to prevent it next summer?
My roses are planted on the corner of my house, and on on the other side of the same corner I planted garlic this October. I also have a young lavender plant between them which will hopefully bear flowers this summer. Will the garlic help control pests? WHat else should I plant in front/around of my roses, because right now it's pretty bear around it, so I feel the roses were an easy and open target to the little devils.