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Jun 9, 2020 5:11 AM CST
Atlanta, GA
I'm a first time gardener trying to do container gardening and I've already run into several large hurdles!
There are apparently HUNDREDS of slugs in my yard which is fairly shaded by the tree canopy. I tried commercial slug bait, beer traps, DE and physically picking them off but there's just too many. Nothing seems to be helping and they're munching up my plants!
Now my squash have a problem. Idk if it's fungal, bacterial, too much water, etc., and I definitely know what to do for it! (I've only tried neem oil so far)
Pictures of sick plant and one night of slug hunting attached.
Any help on any of these issues would be greatly appreciated!
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Jun 9, 2020 5:25 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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If the slug bait was applied properly, it should have worked properly. Just sprinkle a tablespoon full on the soil surface in both the green and blue pots. Do it right at sunset.
Then use a spray bottle and spritz them with plain water. Just a little, you do not want to soak them.
Then when you come out the next morning you should fine the carnage. The vast majority will just crawl off and die. You won't find their bodies. The smaller ones will shrivel up and be black come morning.
Neem Oil is not a cure for slugs.
Taught classes on Orchids and Orchid growing and led hundreds of bird walks. Retired Wildlife Biologist.
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Jun 9, 2020 5:43 AM CST
Atlanta, GA
Thank You! BigBill,
Thanks for your response! I will try the slug bait again the way you suggested and see if it helps.
The neem oil I applied because of other pests and issues, not the slugs. Idk what is wrong with the squash plant leaves exactly, but they're mottled and have spots.
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Jun 9, 2020 7:07 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
GROW ORCHIDS!!!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Region: Michigan Hostas Growing under artificial light
Echinacea Critters Allowed Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: United States of America
How is the sun? Are they getting enough? Usually with good sun, they grow nice and green. Perhaps with a hint of yellow but green nonetheless.
Perhaps they are not drying out quick enough leading to a little gray leaf damage.
Taught classes on Orchids and Orchid growing and led hundreds of bird walks. Retired Wildlife Biologist.
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