Slugs and snails
Slugs and snails are a major pest in the UK.
Slugs and snails are a major pest in the UK. Feeding damage appears as irregular holes in leaves and tell tale slime trails can be seen on the soil surface. They feed on vertially all plant material including seedlings, bedding plants, clematis, fruit and vegetable plants particularly when young with soft growth. Significant problem where weather is warm, damp and humid. Often not seen during the day, tending to feed at dusk/.
Product Solution: Scatter Slug and Snail Killer, Slug Bait, or Natria Slug & Snail Control thinly around plants you want to protect. Read pack instructions before use.
Cultural measures: Keep areas around susceptible plants clean and well cultivated. If growing beetroot in pots smear the top couple of inches with vasaline, attach copper ribbon to the top of pots and containers, apply crushed egg shells or fine horticultural grit / fine gravel to the top compost surface of pots to help protect vulnerable plants.