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Apple tree warfare

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It looks as if my apple tree will give me a good crop this year... as long as the plague of snails doesn't devour everything first. I set about repelling the enemy but they sent reinforcements. This is a battle I must win, my insatiable appetite for apple crumble depends on it.
22nd Jul 2007, 21:57   | tags:,,,,


minkey says:

Couldn't believe it when you said snails in apple trees, and here they are...should do what i did last night...moved to chemical welfare and eek...this morning the slimey creatures were convulsing on the ground and leaving a very radioactive green everywhere (must have tried sprocket energy drink sample...:-))
Apple crumble yum :-)

22nd Jul 2007, 22:06

Dhamaka says:

absolutely Hari

Mandy - I'm giving up and buying nematode eggs as suggested. There are too many to deal with on my little roof this year so it must be worse elsewhere

22nd Jul 2007, 22:07

minkey says:

D: one of my friend uses nematodes and it works like a treat
Mandy: never saw so may of them....mad bad year

22nd Jul 2007, 22:18

harimanjaro says:

We had a mild winter and now we're having a very wet summer, Mandy, so they're everywhere. My garden has way too many snails in a normal year, but I haven't seen it this bad in the 10 years I've lived here.

Minkey, what sort of chemicals did you use? Did you have to steal them from work?

Dhamaka, I've had limited success with nematodes, but they get expensive. At the moment I'm just going out and collecting them up in a pot then dumping them in "the gulag" - one of my composters. They can eat all they like in there, it all helps the composting process, and they can't escape easily. (I'm too much of a softy to kill them... aah!)

22nd Jul 2007, 22:21

Dhamaka says:

I don't like killing them (not directly anyway) but there are too many to throw over my neighbour's roof into next-door-but one's garden. Don't think a compost heap would be appropriate for my roof so that wouldn't work and I've discovered I can't eat enough eggs to try the eggshell thing properly

22nd Jul 2007, 22:32

minkey says:

D:wanna borrow my mum for a day...I found out that when coming to snails she wasn't like me a.... softy....very effective ;-0)
Hari: too many even for the garden composter and snails are fine , can pick them up but slugs...eekkk

23rd Jul 2007, 08:09

harimanjaro says:

The trick to collecting slugs involves a plastic plant pot and a stick, Minkey.

23rd Jul 2007, 08:43

Viv says:

they are everywhere
no pity - just not thorough enough!

23rd Jul 2007, 11:45

Caine says:

Oh my! Tossing them in the compost heap is a good idea, Hari. Everything has been chewing up our apples this year.

23rd Jul 2007, 21:26

hildegard says:

Used to know a (french) woman who went slug hunting at night with a torch & a kebab skewer. Wonder if she knows Minkey's mum? ;)

25th Jul 2007, 13:58

Jem Coady says:

I've been picking them off but they still get through...
Wondering about a spiky physical barrier on the trunk for next year; barbed wire wrapped loosely round?

11th Sep 2007, 20:41