Days are getting hotter and drier, and more inhospitable to the slug which must stay cool and moist to survive. So now the manic spring planting season is over, it’s time to turn your attention to the kind of places where slugs love to hide during these hot summer days.
The sudden burst of lush new growth provides ample places for slugs to take refuge, so keeping this trimmed to a minimum not only helps show off the explosion of colourful summer bedding, it also robs the slug of some of its daytime haunts. Keep the lower leaves of larger annuals pruned because slugs love to shelter there too.
Keep your lawn edges trimmed. This not only adds that finishing touch to a freshly mown lawn, it removes another favourite slug refuge.
It’s from places like these that slugs emerge in droves to launch their night time attack on your plants. Go on a nocturnal slug hunt and see how many of the little blighters you can collect and dispose of. It’s a surprisingly effective form of slug control.
The garden is flourishing and slugs are out in force, with newly hatched sluglets especially ravenous. Be sure to take steps to control them before they have the chance to ruin all your hard work. Adult slugs can eat 40 times their weight daily, and can completely devour new seedlings and bedding plants overnight.
Use various protection methods found on this site to keep your new plants safe at this critical stage of development. Once established, most can then withstand a little nibbling.
Many slugs naturally feed on decaying vegetation but at this time of year their staple diet isn’t so readily available. That’s when they turn to the tender new growth that’s so abundant in the garden.
How are Hozelock helping?
We’ve got a bee in our bonnet about helping our friends the bees! With the help of Bizzi, our friendly bee, we are encouraging everyone to plant one or more pots of bee friendly plants to help save the bees. We are donating to help the Flowers for Bees campaign, in partnership with O.F.A. to achieve their goal of protecting bees, through their research, development, training and education programmes.
How can you help the bees?
Simple – plant pots of bee friendly plants to provide pollen and nectar for bees. Everyone can do this – even if you don’t have a garden, a pot or two on a balcony or doorstep can make all the difference.
With April showers and warmer temperatures, a slug population explosion seems to descend upon the garden. Any surviving eggs are now hatching into miniature slugs that start feeding immediately, and despite their size, these tiny slugs have voracious appetites. It may seem early, but taking measures at this stage means less slugs develop into the monster munchers that wreak so much havoc during the coming months.
If these warmer spring days tempt you to put out summer bedding and plant up containers early, please be extra vigilant because slugs love tender young plants.
A mild April is often followed a colder spell later in May, and some late spring frost protection may also be required.
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Our opening hours have now changed.
We are now open until 6pm Monday – Saturday. Sunday’s remain 10 – 4:30.
We hope to see all of our new & old customers enjoy this exciting growing season.