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I've just planted up a bed of Salvia,something is stripping the leaves,no sign of slug activity,could it be ants ?


  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    No- ants will not eat plants-it is most probably slugs or snails-have you taken any precautions?

  • lordkentlordkent Posts: 6
    Not as yet loth to use pesticides,Planted geraniums & dwarf marigolds at same time,no damage to them.
  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Pesticides are fine if used correctly-there are wildlife friendly slug pellets available if you don't like the blue ones-depends on how you feel

    They may not have found the other plants yet or the saliva's may have softer growth -go out after dark tonight with a torch and you will probably see a slug or snail having supper-then pick of and dispose in whatever way you choose

    With any thing munched the mollusk is always the prime suspect and usually the guilty party- especially in a wet Summer

  • lordkentlordkent Posts: 6
    Thanks for that,will try the pellets, failing their success,will send the wife out after dark !
  • LeggiLeggi Posts: 489

    Going out after dark has greatly increased the number of slimey creatures, now residing in the big garden in the sky, for me. You'll also get to see which plants they're after.

    I also use the friendly pellets in early spring.

  • lordkentlordkent Posts: 6
    I hope to help you increase that number,have also been told that using horticultural grit round the base of the plants will help dissuade them.

    Thanks for your input.
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