Every year people ask us how we keep our gardens & flower beds looking so good and free of pests…..
Well guess what?! We aren’t perfect either! I planted my own flower beds with lots of calibrachoas about 2 weeks ago and was SO excited…..that is until a few days ago…. I walked out the front door and went OH NO!!
THIS is what I saw………
My calibrachoas had been eaten down to the stem…. many of them with no blooms or leaves left..WHOOPS! Blame it on the new 6 week old baby in the house or some other factor but I had never noticed that something was making a meal of all my beautiful flowers!
What is going on I wondered…soooo I did some investigating and it didn’t take me long to realize what the culprit was…… see if you can tell just by looking at these next photos….
See that shiny yucky slime trailing from leaf to leaf….Yes that right, its SLUG SLIME! UGH! How did I miss this!? (again Im going to blame it on the new baby in the house …its all her fault!)
Slugs leave jagged bite marks out of blooms and leaves that look very similar to the damage done by cutworms later in the season so the best way to determine which pest your dealing with is to see if you can find any of the shiney slime that slugs/snails leave behind.
Once you’ve determined that its slugs or snails you’re dealing with you have a couple of options to get rid of them…..I went with what I thought to be the easiest route…Slug Bait! Here at the farm we sell Sluggo
This slug control contains iron phosphate and remains effective up to 4 weeks. The slug control breaks down into organic fertilizer and can be used around pets and other wildlife. It remains effective after rain and works well in cool weather.
- Contains iron phosphate to kill snails and slugs
- 0.5 – 1 lb. treats up to 1,000 sq. ft.
- Use in vegetable gardens up until the day of harvest
- Safe around pets and wildlife for worry-free application
- Breaks down into organic fertilizer
- OMRI listed organic
I just sprinkled this all around my flower beds and am already seeing great results…new leaves and flower buds are popping up all over the place and ARENT getting eaten this time!
Another option to get rid of those nasty little buggers is to make a beer trap. Check out this site with great info on creating your own!
How do you get rid of slugs and snails?? Leave a comment with your favorite method!!
Well, hopefully this helps you solve some of your garden problems this summer. If not dont ever hesitate to give us a call or to come in with any of your flower & gardening questions …we are always here to help!!
Until next time!
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