Slug and Snail control
It has been reported that this year will be a bumper year for slugs and snails (Gastropods). The average garden has around 20,000 hidden away just waiting for you to turn your back before munching their way through all your hard work. There are a number of ways that you can control the population in your garden.
Gastropods will come out at night and will be especially prevalent after rain. They thrive in damp conditions, so will be out and about after you water the garden too. A nightly walk around with a torch, bucket and trowel will be a good start to contol.
Some plants are more susceptible to attacks - hostas are a favourite food as well as small seedlings. Mulching hostas with gravel or wood chips will help protect. Copper tape around pots will stop them climbing in. Cover small seedlings and plants with a cloche until they are established.
If you can spare a can of beer then you can make a 'beer trap'. Pour some beer into a plastic container and sink it into the ground so it is level with the garden surface. Gastropods love a beer and will drown in happiness! Clean and replenish daily.
Slug pellets can also be sprinkled thinly around plants. Some pellets are considered organic and should be safe around pets and wildlife.
Vigilance will help keep your garden safe. Enjoy!