Deal with slugs & snails or­gan­i­cally

RTÉ Guide - - Interiors -

If, like me, you have had prob­lems with slugs and snails munch­ing their way through your lovely plants, then I rec­om­mend the wildlife-friendly I used to deal with them.

First, start by mak­ing your gar­den more at­trac­tive to the many crea­tures that eat slugs and snails. Ground bee­tles, hedge­hogs and gar­den birds will all hap­pily feast on them.

Then, I or­dered a ne­ma­tode prod­uct specif­i­cally for slugs and snails from the gar­den cen­tre. These mi­cro­scopic worms at­tack slugs and snails but are harm­less to ev­ery­thing else. They are ac­tive when the soil is warm, so will work right into the au­tumn, re­duc­ing the num­bers of slugs and snails that will lay eggs next spring. It’s sim­ply a mat­ter of mix­ing a pow­der with wa­ter in a wa­ter­ing can and then ap­ply­ing us­ing a sprin­kle bar around the gar­den. The key is to try dif­fer­ent types of con­trol to help you pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble plants and to plan ahead.

An­gela McGuire Howth, Co Dublin

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