Getting Rid Of Slugs
At one time or another, every gardener battles the problem of pests eating their prized petunias, or dazzling daffodils. Pests come in various forms, but if you ask most gardeners, they will agree that one of their biggest pet peeves about pests is slugs!
How do you know if your garden is the victim of these pests? There are several signs: holes that are eaten in leaves, often irregular sizes; slime trails around your plants or on the soil and leaves; young plants or seedlings that have been stripped bare or eaten to the ground.
Slugs particularly like young plants and delphiniums, so if you have these in your garden, chances are you will have slugs as well.
So how do you get rid of these pesky munchers? There are several ways to take back control of your garden and keep it whole and beautiful:
” You can manually pick them off your plants at night, as this is when they are most likely to be having their feast.
” You can spread gritty, or sharp materials around your garden like broken eggshells.
” If you live in a rural area, you can use various farm animals to help you: ducks, frogs, turtles and chickens will all eat slugs.
” If you have potted plants, you can grease the rim with salt and a bit of Vaseline.
” For the organic gardener, you can use a predator to hunt and eat the slugs. One such predator is the Nematode worm. These worms only enjoy the warmer weather, so it’s best to not use them in early spring or fall.
” You can use bait to capture the slugs in containers to dispose of later. Effective bait includes empty grapefruit halves, beer, yeast, potato, and dog food. Once you have captured them, you can try feeding them to the birds, or putting them in your unsuspecting neighbor’s backyard. (just kidding!)
” If you want an effective way to kill slugs once you’ve captured them you can put the container into your freezer (tightly sealed of course), and then compost them once they are frozen; however, the cook in your house may not appreciate touching a handful of slugs when they were reaching for a pound of hamburger for tonight’s dinner!
Slugs can be a bothersome problem, but also a common one. There are various methods for getting rid of them, and a quick trip to your local nursery will get you the information you need on which remedy listed above will work best with your type of garden. [http://www.care-gardening.com/]Gardening Care: Looking for Gardening Tips and Information? Look no further! We have an extensive collection of articles and resources at your fingertips. Visit our Gardening Articles section for great advice, or visit our Gardening Resources section for extended information
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