I have quite a few slugs this spring and have been diligently killing them but cannot get a handle on them. I know diatomacous earth works but can't seem to find it anywhere around here. Have not looked at Home Depot yet. Do you use it and where do you buy it?
I don't buy it, but this year, I am using diluted ammonia spray, and it seems to be working well. So much easier (and cheaper) than spreading something down around each plant. Dilute 1 part ammonia with 9 or 10 parts water and put in tank sprayer. Spray plants, ground and all. Kills slugs and their eggs, as well as providing plants with nutrients. Spray weekly. Although, I have only sprayed one time this spring, and I am not seeing much slug damage at all--more bunny damage than anything.
I'm not sure where to buy the DE either. I'm using egg shells this year...lots cheaper than sluggo. so far so good. I'm hearing more and more about the ammonia spray & think I'll be mixing up a batch of that, too.
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Never heard about the ammonia spray. I have some ammonia so I think I will try it.
When we had an in-ground pool and spa, we bought DE at a local pool supply.
Before there were good flea control products for pets, we would occasionally have our carpets treated with DE. Apparently, it kills fleas, too.
Diamotaceous Earth can be found in some garden centers, those with owners that are more knowledgeable about environmentally sound gardening practices. It can be useful in controlling slugs, although their presence in a good healthy garden will be normal.
Spraying ammonia can help control them but it can also do more harm then good in the garden.
The sign of a good gardener is not a green thumb, it is brown knees.
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