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Jim wolohan
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 9:52 pm    Post subject: Hostas slugs and snails Reply with quote

Hi all, had an attack on my hostsa over the last few nights. I'm using ammonia at 20 to 1 that kills all slugs and snails on contact. last year i got away with spraying about every 8 to 10 days this year I'm having to spray every 3 days. Here's the question is spraying this often doing the plant or soil any harm ?. The plants in pots seem to get attacked more than those in the ground. I spotted some copper tape in a shop at 1.50 for 2 mts so i think I'll get a 10ers worth and see if that helps.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crushed egg shells or salt works too. Nothing more pleasurable than seeing a 5" long slug exploding on contact with salt.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heard that but would salt or ammonia effect the soil ?. Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure. I doubt the salt will but would have reservations about the ammonia.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Salt in small doses would be OK. But go easy with it.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I googled ammonia some say ok others say not. All recommend 10 to 1 I think thats to strong
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