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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2003 8:13 pm 
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We rototilled a garden last summer and mulched with hay to knock down weeds over the winter. Now we have a crop of baby sized slugs eating the marigolds and several other annuals and herbs, beans. Mostly immature plants. Some damage to a butterfly bush, but we are not sure it is from the slugs.
They don't affect the mature plants and don't seem to touch the perrenials.
They don't touch the tomatoes.
Any suggestins?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2003 2:47 pm 
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If you can't have ducks, then you can try beer traps. Partially bury a shallow tray or dish full of beer over night. Then scoop out the dead slugs in the morning and compost them. Pets like the beer, so I don't use these.

If you need to really blast them, I use ammonium sulfate (horrors, I know, chemicals). Ammonium is a chemical fertilizer, at least it is not a direct poison. It looks like rock salt, costs about the same as rock salt, and has the same effect on the snails and slugs. I use it by the teaspoon in areas where the slugs or snails congregate. In my case I have some cinderblocks piles up that they like. I sprinkle a teaspoon of AS inside each cinderblock hole. Back when I was a chemical gardener, I used AS like a broadcast fertilizer to get rid of snails and slugs. That worked GREAT! But of course now I don't recommend that. But again, at least it is not a direct poison that my children and pets need to be wary of - especially when it is down inside the cinderblock holes.

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Try Sluggo. Its an organic product that will take care of your slug and snail problem. Its easy to apply. One pound covers 1000 square feet. You should be able to find it any garden center in Texas.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2003 8:42 pm 
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Some more tips:
http://www.rittenhouse.ca/hortmag/glyni ... _slugs.asp

Good luck!
I have a toad on patrol here eating them. I just hope he stays.


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