IN THE GARDEN
— Cleaning all dead leaves and plant material out of the garden in the Fall
(especially over the crowns) will help keep the slugs out. Also pull the
mulch well away from the plants. If you have plants that overlap each other
(like Hostas) there is really no need for mulch in those areas.
remedies work to some extent, and if you have a small garden with a small
problem, by all means try them, but for a large garden area these methods
will be annoying at best. Things like: BEER put out in shallow dishes
at ground level. The slugs crawl in and drown. But, the beer has to be
fresh to work! Hey, these guys aren't stupid! SALT sprinkled in a solid
line around the plants, they won't crawl through salt. In fact, you can
sprinkle salt directly on the little buggers, and they disintegrate. Gross!
O.K.. have you stopped ordering escargot yet?! THE BEST REMEDY – you're
not going to like this, but, trust me, it is the best slug solution. It's
been scientifically proven that cutting the slug in half with your pruners
or scissors, and leaving them on the ground is the best method. It keeps
the other slugs away. (Don't ask) Now we've really sealed the deal on
your escargot ordering! Slugs need moisture to move, so going out in the
early morning when there's dew, or after a rain is the best time to find
them. The chemical treatments are ghastly, and harmful to your pets. I
wouldn't have it anywhere near my yard.
There are two spray products on the market that work. Both make the plants taste bad, don't wash or rain off, and last all season (3-5 months). ROPEL is a systemic, which means that if you spray any part of the plant, it will go into the entire plant. Soaking tulip bulbs in Ropel before planting them works to help keep animals from digging them up, and stays in the bulb long enough to work when the tulips first start to emerge in Spring. Thus, giving you a chance to get out and spray the tulips again to continue working for the rest of the spring. TREE GUARD is not a systemic, so you have to spray all parts of the plant, but it also does not wash off. A little goes a long way, as it goes on white and dries clear, so you can see where you've sprayed. WARNING: both of these sprays will not wash off your hands either, so be sure to wear gloves when using. SPECIAL HINT: When my dog was a puppy I used Tree Guard on my wooden table legs that she wanted to chew. It worked!
is one sure thing that no animals bother in the garden - Daffodils. So
if we could just make everything taste like daffodils we'd have it licked
(so to speak).
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