Video: How To Deal With Snails And Slugs In The Garden
2023 Author: Sebastian Paterson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 20:34
It cannot be said that there is any one remedy that will help us defeat slugs and snails. However, over many years of confrontation, gardeners and summer residents have nevertheless accumulated quite a wealth of experience on how to completely destroy these pests or significantly reduce their number.
Perhaps the easiest and most effective way is to collect pests manually. It is most suitable for those gardeners and summer residents who constantly live on their site or often visit it. As soon as you notice the first specimens of pests on the plants, you need to immediately walk through all the beds and collect the slugs in some container: a jar, a bucket, into which it is advisable to pour a liquid in which they will die. A simple option: a third of a bucket of water, into which pour a glass of table salt. Once there, slugs and snails will die. Then they need to be disposed of. It would seem that the best option is to pour your "catch" into a compost heap, let them "work" for the harvest. But experience has shown that they, decomposing there, will stink strongly. Therefore, the easiest way is to dig a hole and bury them in it.
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Also, when slugs appear, you need to actively use traps. These pests do not like the bright sun and dry air, therefore, during the hottest part of the day, they hide in some secluded shaded and preferably humid places. Your goal is to create several of these secluded places on your site. Popular experience has shown that the role of such places can be played by pieces of wet boards, slate, roofing material, pieces of tin or wet thick cloth. They must be laid on the ground in shady places, after wetting the soil under them. Slugs will definitely find these hiding places, you just need to raise these traps every few days and collect pests hidden under them. And then again moisten the ground under them, i.e. prepare traps for work.
The more complex beer trap. It turns out that these destroyers of juicy greens on our site are also gourmets - they love a frothy intoxicating drink. Therefore, some vessel is taken, filled to 2/3 of its volume with beer and buried in secluded corners (so that you yourself do not step on it) into the ground so that the edges of the dishes protrude about two centimeters on the surface. Crawling on a fragrant intoxicating smell, slugs will fall into dishes and drown in beer. You will only have to collect the drowned pests and change the beer in the vessel for fresh one every 3-4 days.
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To prevent the appearance and reproduction of slugs on the site, it is very important to control weeds on the site. Often, pests first appear on them, and then move to the beds. Therefore, you need to carefully weed out the weeds in and around your beds and mow the grass outside the site.
Experienced gardeners also suggest mulching the beds and their edges with dry needles, sawdust, ash, sprinkle superphosphate granules around the crops. Slugs do not like rough and sharp surfaces or coatings that stick to their bodies (such as ash) and will look for another bed.
Some birds and hedgehogs will also help fight slugs. But for this, it was necessary to attract them to your site with feeders from the winter.
And, finally, chemical agents have now appeared on the market that help to destroy pests, for example, Groza, Meta, Slizneed, Gerold and others. For example, in the instructions for the Slug-eater it is written that it is intended to get rid of slugs and snails on vegetables, fruits, berries, citrus fruits, flower-ornamental crops and grapes. It is used by scattering the preparation granules over the soil surface of row spacings and paths.
But you need to remember that the active ingredient of the drug is metaldehyde. Like any chemical, it can have harmful effects on your crop, especially if dosage or timing is not followed. For example, you are unlikely to use such a drug on the beds of salad, which in a few days you will pluck to the table.
There are many ways to fight - choose the one that suits you.
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