What Are Nematodes?
If you have got the best Somerset landscaping the area has to offer then you should make sure you protect it from pests this growing season.
It has been a wet winter and this could spell disaster for the garden as slugs thrive in wet conditions. You may be put off using slug pellets however as they have become less popular in recent years due to their potential environmental impact. They can kill hedgehogs and even domestic cats, and there are concerns about what impact they can have on animals higher up the food chain.
There is an answer to all this however: nematodes.
This is an organic way to control the slugs in your garden, but what are they exactly?
Nematodes are a parasitic species of round worm. They seek out slugs and when they find them, burrow into them and carry out their lifecycle there and reproduce to create thousands more. This kills the slug and increases the number of slugs in the soil.
If you buy a product like Nemaslug, you get a powder containing millions of invisible nematodes. You add this to water in your watering can, and water this over your soil before the slug season starts in March.
This application method means the nematodes travel down below the surface, and kill the slugs that live there, that aren’t normally affected by the pellets.
This is also effective for killing snails and you can get other varieties of nematode to target other pests, which may become a nuisance in your garden.