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500 Billion SLUGS!!!!!

By Rob 2 years ago

You have no doubt read or heard the latest headlines that we are expecting 80 billion extra slugs to invade our gardens over the summer!

Getting Rid of Slugs - the Green Way!

By Heather 8 years ago

Slug damage on farm....

Feeling a little Sluggish?

We all know the trouble with slugs... They get completely out of control in a jiffy and can destroy your crops overnight... In fact last year those pesky pests ate the first lot of sunflowers we planted for birdseed!
In your garden it really is best to avoid old style blue slug pellets. They use chemicals and if the slugs are then eaten by other birds and animals this can cause problems further down the food chain, apart from which if you want organic veggies of course they are a No No! So what are the alternatives? Well, you could spend your nights collecting them outside with a torch but this method is certainly not "The Good Life - made Easy....) Although your birds and your hens may well enjoy the treat... You could go for barriers - Slug Gone is great because it provides a barrier that irritates the slug's foot, and how about SlugX - this was voted best tray in a Daily Telegraph trial - and they will die drinking beer (!) which can't be all bad... BUT our favourite and the one that all the organic farmers use that works fantastically well is Nemaslug which you can water on and will sort those pesky pests out for a good six weeks, and is perfectly safe for children, pets, wildlife and bees.

How does Nemaslug (Nematodes) work?

1: You water your Nematodes onto the soil and they seek out the slugs down in the soil.
2: The Nematodes kill the Slugs and become adults inside the dead slugs
3: A new generation of Nematodes are produced.
4: The new Nematodes are released as the pest decays in the soil

Why is it good?

1: Unique, works underground where 95% of slugs are found.
2: Long lasting control (six weeks)
3: Really economical - it protects plants for a few pence a day.
4: It even protects vulnerable potato varieties, germinating seeds and young seedlings.
and even better The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh says it is fab and they are an Official Endorser.
5: Nemaslug works at 5 degrees (pellets require 7 degrees)
6: Works really well in wet weather which can be a problem with other methods.
7: Large slug species can be controlled when Nemaslug is applied early.
8: Can be used safely on food crops.
and lastly it's Safe for children, pets, wildlife, and bees... Nice!

We have two pack sizes - the small is perfect for a garden and the larger one is designed for an allotment. You can order individually or we do a programme which will save money and protect your garden for the whole season. The soil is warm enough now so order now before they get to work on your hostas and lettuces....

The war against slugs

By Heather 12 years ago

If you don’t have your very own pest patrol (like mine pictured above), it is quite likely that you are inundated with slugs, which are one of the commonest garden pests.

Slugs seem to thrive almost everywhere and delight in snacking on every part of your plants and veggies, including the roots. These pesky pests come in all shapes and sizes, mostly come out at night and love warm damp conditions, especially in spring and autumn.

Unfortunately for gardeners, slugs can breed throughout the year with their peak egg laying time being in early spring or autumn. It is only periods of drought or frost that affect their breeding.

If you are against using chemical control and you don’t own ducks, you could try using nematodes in your war against slugs. Nemaslug contains these nematodes and comes in a powdered format which is mixed with water and applied using a watering can. These nematodes, which occur naturally in the soil, are parasitic, microscopic eelworms invisible to the naked eye.

The nematodes enter the slug through the saddle like structure on its back (called the mantle) carrying with it bacteria that multiply within the slug. The slug will stop feeding and burrow underground to die. Nemaslug is effective on slugs up to 4” (10cm) in length. For slugs larger than this try using slug traps.

It is important to stress that the nematodes in Nemaslug only affect slugs and will not harm other wildlife, pets or children.