Garden pests are one of the most irritating problems a grower can face. Slugs and snails can seriously negatively impact a grow, and so it’s really important to know which tools and techniques work best in order to keep them at bay.
Obstacles and problems
Growing cannabis can come with all sorts of obstacles and problems, and perhaps one of the ones that is most overlooked is that of pests. Snugs and snails are easy to spot, but they often come in large numbers and its impossible to catch all of them. You can usually tell whether there’s a snail or slug in your garden by the slime trails that they leave, or by the holes they leave in your plants themselves after they’ve feasted. These first few bites may not cause too much harm, but in time they can build up and become a huge problem as leaf destruction can hinder photosynthesis.
Lots of people have reported that one of the most effective methods in catching these pests is to go hunting, and to do so at night. Check for hiding places around your garden such as plant pots, garden furniture or tree trunks, as well as your plants themselves. You could even go so far as to place new plant pots or something similar in your garden in order to entrap them.
Animals pets and snails
Another method that’s rather popular is to attempt to attract animals that will treat the slugs and snails as prey, therefore eliminating the threat without ever really needing to get your hands dirty. Animals that will eat your pests, such as hedgehogs and frogs, are typically attracted to bodies of water and so it may be beneficial for you to create a pond area next to your grow.
Introducing nematodes, a microorganism that naturally exists in most soils, to your garden is another sure-fire way to rid your grow of slugs and snails. Nematodes come into being naturally, although you can purchase them from garden centres and the like. Using nematodes is actually a much better alternative to using chemical pesticides because they are natural, and so don’t contain any toxins that may harm you or any pets you might have. Nematodes work to pursue slugs in a whole range of different ways. One way is by hunting them down using a homing mechanism based on carbon dioxide levels, whereas others wait in the soil for their prey to come close. When a nematode finds its prey and attacks, it releases a toxic and fatal bacterium.
Pests can be pesky, and so hopefully this guide has given you enough advice to go out into your own garden and fight them off.