Be on the lookout for signs of slugs and take preventative action now rather than wait until your seedlings have been decimated! Nemaslug is one of our best-selling products – because it really works! Just mix in a watering can and water it onto the soil – nothing could be simpler. Nemaslug contains millions of naturally occurring microscopic nematodes that kill slugs both above and below ground. It is completely harmless to birds, hedgehogs and other wildlife as well as pets and children.
If you don’t like using products on your garden pests you may like to give companion planting a try. By combining plants carefully they can help each other by attracting beneficial insects to help repel pests or grow some ‘sacrificial’ plants - for example Nasturtiums which are a magnet for cabbage white butterflies to lay their eggs on and if planted in the proximity of Brassicas the caterpillars will often prefer to chomp on them instead of your cabbages! French Marigolds in particular help repel white fly, greenfly and blackfly and are particularly useful grown near Tomatoes. Sage is disliked by many pests and can be useful planted close to carrots and Brassicas.
Growing flowering plants such as Limnanthes or Bee Margin Mix near your veg plot encourages natural predators such as hoverflies and ladybirds which consume a vast number of aphids, as well as enticing bees into your garden to pollinate Runner Beans and other vegetables. While companion planting may not eradicate all pests from your garden - they might at least help to give your plants a fighting chance!
Slugs and Snails will really be getting active now that the weather is a bit warmer and they will overjoyed with you for supplying them with lovely tender seedlings to snack on! They are active overnight and can devastate a crop while you are sleeping! We have found that biological control - tiny microscopic organisms that you simply water into the ground around your precious plants is by far the best and safest way of combating these pests. Nemaslug consists of naturally occurring nematodes (Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita) and controls all common species of small to medium sized slugs (up to 8cm - 2½-3 inches) both above and below ground.
You simply mix it with water in a bucket and water into the soil beneath your plants with a watering can. One application of Nemaslug provides 300,000 nematodes for every square metre of soil, giving at least six weeks control of slugs! This is generally enough time for seedlings and bedding plants to get well established. Nemaslug is easy to apply and does not leave any unsightly residues. The majority of the slugs will die underground, so don't expect to see too many dead slugs lying around. Apply Nemaslug to moist soil. The soil temperature should be 5ºC (40ºF) or over, this is also when plants naturally start growing. Nematodes are capable of surviving the odd frost, so don't worry if the temperature falls after you have applied Nemaslug. The nematodes are completely harmless to birds, animals and children. Start your control regime early and you will be able to target the young slugs growing under the ground feeding on humus.
If you have a nice lawn you will no doubt already be aware of the damage caused by Chafer Grubs - they are one of the top ten garden pests according to the RHS and cause huge damage to lawns by eating grass roots. Nemasys Chafer Grub Killer contains the nematode Heterorhabditis megidis it seeks out the Chafer grubs and attack them by entering natural body openings.
Once inside, they release bacteria that stops the pest from feeding, quickly killing the pest. They do not stop there. The nematodes reproduce inside the dead pest and release a new generation of hungry nematodes, which disperse and search for further prey.
There is a whole range of Biological Controls for most common garden pests including Nemasys for Vine Weevil control, Leatherjacket Killer and Grow Your Own which targets a broad range of destructive pests.