30 April 2015
Slugs are the pest we all seem to have in our gardens, each and every year. Whether you grow flowers or vegetables or both, and it is no wonder they do so much damage, , slugs seem to have insatiable appetites....for garden plants! At this time of year they have the potential to devastate emerging seedlings and newly planted veg and flowers. But luckily help is at hand in the form of Nemaslug, a clever, effective and safe nematode biological control...and Nemaslug works brilliantly!
Just to get you thinking:
*The British climate is perfect for slugs, and in an average 1m3 of soil there will be 200 slugs!
*Young slugs, and indeed most slugs, spend the majority of their time below soil level (make slug pellet use illogical as well as (for me) unacceptable.
*When below the soil surface a slug will eat organic matter (fine by me) but also the shoots emerging from seeds as they germinate (goodbye Veg!)Slugs love eating crops like potatoes, so Nemaslug is perfect for this crop too, as Nemaslug works below ground!
*The peak egg laying period is March to April, and then again September to October.....and an average slug can lay up to 300 eggs in its lifetime....get your calculators out!
*AND an average slug eats TWICE its body weight every day....so that's an average of a massive 28oz of plant material every growing season. Just think about that in terms of your prized vegetables and flowers!!!!
So as the season for slugs gets underway in earnest, what can you do?
Drenching the soil with Nemaslug, the nematode biological control is my favourite solution. Nemaslug is harmless to wildlife and pets (and humans), works underground where the slugs are most likely to be found. Nemaslug needs to be applied to a moist soil and the soil should be kept moist, ideally with a temperature of at least 5C/40F, but an occasional frost won't harm. The beneficial effects of Nemaslug lasts for about 6 weeks, perfect to protect germinating seeds, seedlings and young plants...and developing potato tubers too.
You can buy Nemaslug from www.pippagreenwood.com/products/protect-your-crops
. Biological controls need to be kept cool, in a fridge, until you use them, and need to be used by the date specified on the pack, but they work brilliantly and don't pose the threat to wildlife that some other methods do.
Get your slugs sorted now, before they lay too many more eggs....just think of the 28oz of potential veg-eating every day!!
The packs of Nemaslug are available in a range of sizes, to suit the size of your plot, and come with full instructions .Sort out your slugsand
enjoy eating your crops and admiring your flowers yourself...all with the help of Nemaslug nematodes!!