Cutworms are a menace to gardeners and usually found only after the damage has been done. An easy way to protect young transplants is with small sections of drinking straw. Take a straw and cut it into inch-long lengths with scissors. Take each section and cut one side along it’s length. You should now have a tube that you can wrap around the stalks at ground level. The collars keep cutworms out and allow the plant to grow until they are no longer at risk. I leave them on all season, and pick them out of the soil in the Fall.