I decided to try some methods to avoid slugs in my garden this year

I decided to try some methods to avoid slugs in my garden this year. I think that it is one of the most annoying things that your harvest is eaten by slugs, especially when the summer season is quite dry.

For any gardener, garden pests are the main and worst enemy. You can always find out the weather in advance, fertilize poor soil, and insure against diseases using various means suitable for this matter. But here are the eternally hungry uninvited guests – they always come suddenly. Moreover, you can’t guess in what quantities and who exactly it will be. Moth, mole cricket, cockchafer, or mole. You need to fight with everyone because they are not going to spare your harvest.

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With the arrival of spring, many gardeners and gardeners are faced with the problem of the appearance of slugs, which can cause significant damage to plantings. These slow but numerous pests can destroy seedlings in a matter of days and destroy new shoots that have only recently emerged from the cold soil. In the spring they become fully active, so you need to start fighting them right now. If not to say that before. There are several ways to combat these leisurely pests. And which one is best for you, you can decide for yourself, on the spot.

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Garden pests

Well, it’s quite humid and cool outside. Perhaps there are even last year’s leaves lying around here and there. Again, some compost is present. This is a normal situation when a gardener loves his business and does it with special care. But there is not always enough time to cover all the moments at the dacha in full. Here and there, silvery, translucent strange traces of either mucus or some kind of gasoline film are visible. Yes, congratulations, these signs indicate that there are slugs in your area.

Tears will not help my grief, so we will slowly figure out how to deal with this disaster. There are several ways to protect your crops from slippery parasites. And we will start, probably, with the simplest and least dangerous.

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Physical barriers

Creating barriers around garden beds is an effective and environmentally friendly method of slug control. Barrier materials should be such that they are unpleasant or difficult for slugs to move around. For example, eggshells are not only sharp-angled but also enrich the soil with calcium. Small sharp pebbles scattered around the sprouts are also perfect. Sand rings and regular salt. However, you need to be careful with it, since it has a bad effect not only on the well-being of slugs but also on the soil itself.

It is important to regularly update such barriers, especially after rains. To do this, the gardener needs to be on-site at least once a week. Otherwise, water and wind will destroy all his efforts.

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Traps

Large and medium-sized stones that provide shade and protect from the daytime heat. Wet boards that retain moisture for a certain amount of time. Pots with wet soil at the bottom, or at least the same buckets and plastic bottles. All these objects are wildly popular with slugs because they can crawl into them and hide when the sun is high in the sky. In the evening or at night they will crawl away again, in all directions. So it’s easiest to collect the pest right in the daytime.

Beer traps have worked particularly well, as slugs like them. If you’re going to catch such a nasty thing, there’s no better way to find it. To do this, you need to take a container of foam and bury it directly in the ground so that the edge is at soil level. Slugs like the smell so much that they don’t mind drowning in it! But, unfortunately, there are also disadvantages. Such a trap can also kill insects that are beneficial to the garden. So you should be careful.

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Chemistry

Any normal gardener will use chemicals as a last resort. Simply because no matter how safe it is, any environmentally friendly method will always be a priority. But there are times in life when pests simply don’t give you a choice. It’s either you or them. And it is unknown whether the chemistry will be as effective as it is written about in the instructions.

There are special drugs against slugs, such as metaldehyde, but their use requires caution, especially if vegetables and fruits are grown on the site. There are also more environmentally friendly preparations on the market, such as iron phosphate, which are safer for the environment. The choice, as always, is yours. If there is an urgent need for a quick solution to a problem, you are free to do as you wish.

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Plant protection

Growing slug-repellent plants in your yard can be a good idea. Especially if they are your number one problem and you are not too worried about which plants should be present in your garden. I planted something – and that’s it, the eye is happy. And with benefit too. What could be the downsides?!

Garlic, mustard, calendula, or tagetes can easily repel creeping gluttons with their scent. Among the more practical ones, we can also recommend sage, lavender, thyme, basil and parsley. But watch out, be careful. Before planting, find out which other plants do not like to be near beneficial “stinkers”. For example, radishes, radishes, and cabbage cannot tolerate basil. And he grows poorly in the ground in which beans and beets grew before him. These are the plant passions that few people suspect.

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Cleanliness is the key to success

As with many other things in life, we need cleanliness and order for a successful outcome. In this case, slugs can probably be compared to cockroaches. They also love the dark, love to hide from people, looking for something to eat and where to sit out a difficult period. Only cockroaches, of course, will be faster.

Accordingly, we advise you, before you decide how to get rid of pests, to walk around the area a little with a garbage bag. Collect fallen leaves, which we have already mentioned, branches, boards, and any kind of rubbish into which you can throw a coin, and it will disappear. If this is not your trap, it has nothing to do with your territory. Useful and practical. Two birds with one stone.

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Garden pests

If from time to time you qualitatively loosen the soil using garden tools, then the benefit for the gardener will be double. Firstly, you will give oxygen access to the roots. This is a good way to make your plants healthier and stronger. Use a grinder, or a rake, and be careful.

Secondly, regarding our issue with slugs, in this way, you will not only make their usual route literally “impenetrable.” You will destroy their eggs, invisible from a height of human height. This means that next time there will be much fewer of them. It just takes a little work. However, if you are a gardener and care about the fruits of your labors, this is unlikely to become a problem for you.

In general, that’s all. Choose what will be more convenient for you. Maybe even combine them. And don’t worry, after a while, you will forget to think about your annoying, leisurely “neighbors.” Just remember one thing: the approach to the problem should not be one-time. Otherwise, there is a risk that the slugs will appear again. Just set yourself that, for example, your site should always be in decent shape. And it will become much easier for you to deal with any trouble. Everything will be fine, good luck!

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