How to DIY Protect a Garden from Insects, Snails and Slugs


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How to DIY Protect a Garden from Insects, Snails and Slugs

  1. 1. D.I.Y. FRWhat you’ll need to get started Planning your next EEon your D.I.Y. Project D.I.Y. Project The Bunnings D.I.Y. brochures are designed to help you stepMaterials Protect a Garden the way through your D.I.Y. home projects.Protective clothingGloves They’ll give you the right advice on what materials you’ll need, how to get the job done and tips and ideas for achievingFace shield the best result.Respirator How to protect a garden from insects, snails & slugsToolsWatering canPressure sprayerSafetyWhen using pesticides wear protective clothing, gloves, face shield and arespirator where indicated on the pesticide label. It is important to protect skinareas and the eyes at all times, especially when handling the concentrated Expert D.I.Y. advicechemical.Take extra care when in a confined space such as glasshouse. If it’s advice you’re after, come in and discuss the project with one of our experts. Ask about organising Same Day Delivery, Tool Hire,Wash thoroughly in warm soapy water immediately after spraying and always Installation or even enrol in one of our D.I.Y. classes.before eating, drinking or smoking, making sure to scrub all skin areas exposedduring spraying, or better still, have a shower.If poisoning occurs, follow first aid instructions printed on the label and seekimmediate medical attention.Always keep tools and materials away from children.Read the instructions before beginning your project. BUNN766 01/08 For more information go to
  2. 2. How to D.I.Y. Snails & slugs whiteflies, cabbage loopers, thrip, leaflopper, flea beetles andProtect a Garden From scale insects. To get these insects Snail and slugs are your garden’s worst enemies due to their excessive into your garden use companion breeding and rapid destruction. They can be particularly damaging to flower planting. Start by growing herbsInsects, Snails & Slugs and vegetable seedlings. like coriander, fennel, parsley and other flowers such as daisies, dandelions, marigolds, sunflowers, thistle, and yarrow Leaf eaters (Fig 2). Their flowers encourageThere is a wide range Leaf eaters are caterpillars, grubs, leaf-eating beetles, grasshoppers and borers. these insects to lay their eggs into grubs, aphids and other pests in You know you’re in trouble when you can see holes and missing portions inof highly effective and branches, stems, shrubs, buds, flower petals and fruit. It is important that the the garden. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae feast on the host. problem is dealt with as soon as possible before the damage is irreparable.innovative products available Fig 2. Planting sunflowers, daisies and marigolds will A healthy garden is less likely to succumb to insect attacks. Keepfor gardeners to care for and Solutions attract good insects which will counteract some pests. plants well fed, watered and mulched and apply seaweedprotect their plants against Snails and Slugs: extract as a preventative measure.insects, snails and slugs. Snails and slugs are most active just before or as soon as the rain arrives and at night. Here are a few methods to control these two: Insect traps are also an option to use as a preventative measure.These pests can be combated Removing the snails and slugs by hand - best done at night with a torch. Spraying unwanted pests: Some gardeners make their own organic pesticides that taste so terriblein the garden by breaking that your pests will move on. Two examples are mixing garlic, chilli and onion or mixing kelp and neem oil. Using a container with areproduction cycles, getting small amount of beer which Pyrethrum sprays, which are made from flower extracts, are effective attracts slugs and snails togood insects to eat bad fall into the dish and drown (Fig 1). but tend to linger, therefore they can damage new arrivals of good insects.insects, getting other animals Snail traps are also There are many eco-friendly and chemical sprays available to removeto eat pests, and making your available through retail outlets. all of your garden pests. It is advisable to confirm what your pests are and then ask your Bunnings Team Member. Always follow dosagevegetables unpalatable to Sprinkle snail bait around rates and safety instructions. under the bushes, wallingspests. and rock outcrops where they hide. Using snail pellets is Fig 1. Beer attracts slugs. Pour it into aPlease Note: effective, but potentially small dish and they will come as fast as aInformation in this brochure is Bunnings’ opinion and we don’t warrant harmful to wildlife, pets snail can!the accuracy or completeness of that information. Bunnings excludes all and children. Iron basedliability in relation to the statements in this brochure. snail killers are the safest alternative. Leaf Eaters: Some eco-friendly preventative measures can be taken to protect your garden from these pests. Several insect and animal predators are extremely effective at naturally counteracting some pests. These are lace wings, lady bugs, hover flies, caterpillar parasites, parasitic wasps and praying mantis. The pests that For further expert assistance consult the qualified Team Members at they pray on can include mealy bugs, mites, moth eggs, caterpillars, your local Bunnings Warehouse.