I know there's already a few threads about slugs, but I have noticed that I seem to have a lot of small slugs in my garden this year. For the last 2 years I have been unable to grow any plants that are liked by slugs (Lupins, Dahlias, etc), and though I've not seen slugs actively eating them, I'm pretty convinced that they are to blame.
I've always previously seen large slugs in previous gardens I have had, and their presence has been pretty obvious, but I now seem to have loads of very small slugs, that hide away for most of the time. Are they a particular type of slug or are they just small young slugs?
I've tried Nemetodes and wildlife friendly pellets, but I cant seem to have any impact on the number of them. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice on how I can reduce the slug numbers in my garden, or even just reduce the damage they do?
With dahlias, the slugs seem to lose interest when the plants are more mature. You can grow them in pots for a while and then plant them out or protect the new shoots in the ground with upended jam jars for the small shoots or large plastic bottles for the biggies .
This is over Hostas,it seems to work,but not tried it on any other plants,no doubt I'll find out soon when my Tagetes are coming up!
Glen, I've also noticed only the little slugs so far, even found a couple curled up in the middle of some daff flowers! I wonder where the big ones are hiding..........
has anyone had any success with nematodes?
A neighbour advised me to build a small pond and wait for the frogs. Three years ago a large amount of spawn appeared and we thoroughly enjoyed watching the tadpoles hatch and develop (and have done for the two years since).
The by-product of this small investment in money, time and effort is a garden with its slug population more under control than it ever was using chemicals. Recommended.