Slugs and Snails
Slugs and snails have an amazing ability to wreak havoc on your garden. But with a little knowledge and the right tools you can protect your plants.
They chew the leaves on your plants, so look out for irregular holes on plants and tell-tale slimy trails leading to and from the crime scene!
Here are a few of the most popular methods of keeping slugs from eating your precious crops!
Barriers that surround your plants by an impenetrable layer can be very effective, but you need to keep a close eye on them to ensure the barrier is not broken or a low hanging leaf suddenly appears, providing a safe way in.
For a decorative finish, try using Earth Matters Slug Blocker Granules. These granules are made from 100% natural ingredients and are non-toxic, meaning they are safe to use all around the garden.
Alternatively, try using Plant Protection Bark on your beds and borders. Mulching with this attractive bark will not only help supress weeds and retain moisture, but will also help to protect your plants from attack from slugs and snails.
By attracting wildlife into the garden, such as wild birds, chickens, hedgehogs, frogs, toads and slow worms, you will find that the problem is less and less each season.
Provide suitable habitats for creatures to shelter, feed, water and breed. A bird feeder, wildlife pond, pile of rocks or a dry stonewall all provide vital hiding places and shelter for these slug and snail eating creatures.
Growing Success Advanced Slug Control pellets are certified for organic use and contain ferric phosphate to overload the slug's system with iron. The pellets remain effective after exposure to rain, watering and sunlight and crops can be eaten soon after application.
Traps are an excellent control, but are not for the faint hearted. They need to emptied regularly, dead slugs look and smell disgusting.
They do offer an effective means to an end, laced with beer, they provide a cheery end to these slippery beasts.
There are a huge variety of different types, some are complete with baits, other designed just for beer, or milk. Look for purpose made traps, with lids to stop rain and beneficial insects from falling in.
Hunt by torchlight!
You could also collect up feeding slugs and snails at night by torchlight, or place lettuce leaves around the plot to attract them during their nightly antics and then gather them up.
You’ll find many more slugs and snails after rainfall or on a damp evening than in the height of summer.
A word of warning on this option – new research suggests that you will need to transport the slugs and snails more than 20m (65ft) away to stop them from finding their way back home.