Applying Nemaslug Nematodes

The video above shows how to apply Nemaslug with a watering can with a coarse rose and hose end feeder, you can find detailed application instructions lower down the page.



There are two main methods for applying Nemaslug - with a watering can with a coarse rose or by using a hose end feeder.

40m2 Nemaslug - Watering can application:

  1. Take one quarter of the pack contents and add to an 8 litre (2 gallon) watering can.
  2. Fill the can with fresh water and mix thoroughly.
  3. Apply the Nemaslug immediately (within 1 hour), using a course rose on the can to one quarter of the soil area to be treated.
  4. Now apply an equal amount of fresh water to the treated area to wash the Nemaslug into the soil.

  5. Continue to treat the remaining area(s) by repeating the process above another three times.

100m2 Nemaslug - Watering can application:

  1. Take one eighth of the pack contents and add to an 8 litre (2 gallon) watering can.
  2. Fill the can with fresh water and mix thoroughly.
  3. Apply the Nemaslug immediately (within 1 hour), using a course rose on the can to one eighth of the soil area to be treated.
  4. Now apply an equal amount of fresh water to the treated area to wash the Nemaslug into the soil.

  5. Continue to treat the remaining area(s) by repeating the process above another seven times. 

Nemaslug - Hose end feeder application:

1. Mark out the area to be treated. (40sqm or 100sqm)

2. Wash the hose end feeder through with water to ensure it is clean.

3. Add entire contents of the Nemaslug pack to the bowl of the feeder. Then fill the bowl with water before attaching the hose.

4. Taking care to keep the feeder in an upright position apply evenly to the whole of the area for 8 minutes using a side-to-side motion to keep the Nemaslug nematodes well mixed.

5. During this time most of the nematodes will have been applied.

6. Treat the same area again for a further 8 minutes to apply the remaining nematodes as well as to make sure they are adequately watered in.

7. Adhering strictly to the application timings will ensure that any remaining colour in the bowl will be due to inert carrier only and that you have performed an even application.

This new method provides a simple and effective application of Nemaslug, however, it is important to follow the instructions exactly to obtain even coverage. The soil or compost must be moist before and for at least two weeks after applying Nemaslug nematodes, however, avoid waterlogging. You should also avoid applications in bright sunlight, so where possible apply during evenings or dull conditions. The Miracle Gro garden feeder is a very popular choice for gardeners using a hose end feeder.

 

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The soil temperature should be 5ºC (40ºF) or over (this is also when plants start to grow). Nematodes are capable of surviving the odd frost; so don't worry if the temperature falls after you have applied Nemaslug. Metaldehyde based slug pellets are reported not to be effective below 7ºC.

Use the whole pack before the expiry date, which is marked on the inside of the pack and will be at least a couple of weeks. Apply in a broad band around your plants to increase the chances of slugs coming into contact with the nematodes.

Potatoes are susceptible to slug attack later in the season than most other plants. So you can delay applying Nemaslug till 6-7 weeks before harvest, when the tubers are most likely to be eaten by slugs.

A regular regime of using Nemaslug every six weeks is the best way to keep slugs at bay throughout the growing season.

Nemaslug facts:

  • Nemaslug uses the nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita. One application of Nemaslug provides 300,000 nematodes for every square metre of soil, giving at least six weeks control of slugs. This is generally enough time for seedlings and bedding plants to get well established.
  • Nemaslug is easy to apply and does not leave any unsightly residues.
  • Slugs treated with Nemaslug will stop feeding in 3 days and die in about a week. The majority of the slugs will die underground, so don’t expect to see dead slugs lying around.
  • Apply to moist soil. The soil temperature should be 5ºC (40ºF) or over (this is also when plants start to grow). Nematodes are capable of surviving the odd frost, so don’t worry if the temperature falls after you have applied Nemaslug. Metaldehyde based slug pellets are reported not to be effective below 7ºC.
  • Unlike some controls, Nemaslug continues to work well during wet weather – exactly when you need protection against slugs!
  • Nemaslug might affect water snails. To avoid harming them, keep the treatment 15 cm (6″) away from ponds.
  • If you have a heavy clay area, ensure you apply Nemaslug to well worked soil. The product is less effective on cloggy clay soil, which has not been worked and/or has become waterlogged.
  • Nemaslug comes in two pack sizes to treat small or medium gardens up to 40 sq.m (50 sq.yds) and larger gardens or allotments up to 100 sq.m (125 sq.yds).

 

 

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