Wednesday, May 23, 2018

02 Jun

Beware of Slugs & Snails!

The average garden has a population of more than 20,000 slugs, but 95% of those are hidden underground.

Slugs and snails may be your biggest garden enemy this time of year. It’s time to protect any vulnerable growth by enforcing your slug and snail barriers. They aren’t easy to get rid of so you’ll need multiple ways to combat these garden pests. Slugs and snails will infest pots, eat their way into potatoes and feast upon your prize juicy strawberries leaving a myriad of holes.

Initially, add a layer of grit over your soil, this surface will be avoided by slugs and snails. If you see them in your garden remove them by hand and relocate them to hedgerows. If you are looking for something fast and effective use our Slug Control!

Still unsure about whether you have an infestation of slugs or snails?

Snails will climb and leave a silvery slime trail and nibbled leaves behind. They devour the soft green bits between the leaf ribs, leaving a ‘skeleton’ behind. Slugs are similar to snails in that they eat all parts of leaves but they thrive nearer to the ground, they can even attack underground which is why potatoes can be a prime target. They particularly like new shoots and soft growth, and therefore are likely to be the culprits if you notice new plants that have been eaten away to nothing!


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