Whatever the magic, copper tubing, flashing, or tape works as an excellent barrier in keep slugs at bay. Works for frat boys and slugs! Then the larvae are eaten by snails (or slugs) and develop into larval stages 2 and 3, which deer get by accidentally eating the snail or slug while consuming grass. When all else fails, plant a garden that is decidedly not slug friendly; or at least do so in areas where slugs are persistent. Grapefruit or melon skins are said to be good at trapping slugs and snails at night, but remembering to empty them every morning quickly drops down your must-do list. The type of damage and evidence left behind should be a good clue. Instead you might want to go for lady’s mantle, astrantias, hardy geraniums and achillea — like Achillea Summerwine, left — which are less attractive to gastropods. What, though, is now left in the gardener’s arsenal to protect our plants from these guzzling gastropods? Hollyhocks are vintage plants.
Deer brain worms are common in deer in the Northeast and to a lesser degree in the Midwest. Third, is the fact that deer have brain worm and it can spread to elk, but this hasn’t really impacted elk reintroductions in most states. According to my reading, rust fungi is “plant specific,” so it won’t spread to my other plants unless they belong to the Malvaceae family, which includes okra, cotton and cacao; which I do not grow. Scatter it around plants they flock to; use it alone or mixed with the eggshells. Don’t use large wood chips, and do not use mulch deeper than three inches. Neem oil is made from an ornamental Asian and Indian tree Azadirachta indica; therefore, it is advertised as safe for use on plants in the garden. After eating grapefruit halves, place the empty peels, open side down, near plants that the slugs are drawn to. As plants become less healthy from soil depletion, they are more susceptible to environmental stresses like heat, cold and nutrition. Treatments include not overwatering and watering at base of the stalks, like roses, don’t water the leaves.
That should provide enough head space that hand watering with a hose will force water out the bottom of the container. Keen gardeners will consider regular nightly patrols with a head torch completely normal behaviour. Three new shoots will appear 4 to 6 inches below this cut in the spring. From the time a deer is infected, it is about three months before larvae appear in the feces. Because lantana is a sprawling plant, prune it 2 inches above the soil, anytime you want, during the winter months. But major pruning, such as removing entire stems or cutting the plant close to the ground, should be done during winter months. Cleanup the shrub with some pruning, and you should see dark green new growth next spring in these locations. Last year I did not have any problems with my pink and dark purplish hollyhock blooms, nor the fuzzy leaves, which are rounded and heart- shape. Other wet materials work as well, such as large rocks or bricks, if they are easy to pick up and clean. Check the trap each morning and clean it out as necessary.
The larvae pass through the stomach and intestine and out on the ground via feces. Female’s lay eggs that develop into larvae that migrate through the bloodstream and lodge in the lungs. Then the larvae penetrate the stomach or intestinal wall of the deer and migrate through the body cavity to the spinal cord and up to the brain. Hopefully, the remaining elk dodge this brain worm bullet, and our herd will expand, but chances for bringing in more western elk to add to what elk we have are not as high as in years past. I have rock cover around it, but it’s been there for 20 years. Gardeners have developed a smorgasbord of eccentric home deterrents for slugs and snails over the years and I’ve tried them all. This is good news for birds, hedgehogs and toads poisoned after eating slugs and snails that have ingested the pellets. For the window box gardener, the good news is that herbs, with the exception of basil, tend to escape the attention of slugs and snails, too.