Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

Pest control in the greenhouse is vital in the summer

Published: 16 July 2020 - Neil Mead
 

The greenhouse at this time of year is at its most productive – and most vulnerable from pest attack. As the tomato plants ripen and aubergines and peppers come into flower, the pests will be queuing up for their share of the goodies and in damp corners and under pots beware the slimy trail of slugs. They know when they’re on to a good thing.

The other most common pests are vine weevils and sciarid and shore flies. But the good news is that all of these can be controlled by naturally occurring nematodes. Nematodes are microscopic, worm-like creatures that occur naturally in garden soil and each has its own specific prey species. Taking action immediately will protect the plants and ensure a better crop. 

Europe’s largest producer of beneficial nematodes for pest control, BASF Agricultural Specialities Ltd, has a range of products each designed to attack a specific pest. As they occur naturally in the soil, they are suitable for both organic and traditional gardeners.

Nemaslug, as its name suggests, is for slug control. Nemasys Vine Weevil Killer does exactly what it says on the pack as does Nemasys Fruit and Veg Protection which deals effectively with sciarid and shore flies.

Application is simplicity itself as the appropriate pack is emptied into a bucket or other clean container and mixed with water according to the instructions. This concentrated mixture is then diluted with water in a watering can, hose end sprayer, backpack or pump sprayer and the plants are treated directly. The solutions can also be used in an irrigation or sprinkler system. The nematodes will seek out their prey and kill them.

Any unused product can be used to protect plants growing in the open garden in the same way.

Nemaslug and all Nemasys products can be purchased online from www.greengardener.co.uk .

Comments


(Your email address will not be published)
Already Registered?
Sign In
Not Yet Registered?
Register
Printable View E-mail Bookmark
*

What do you think?


As we near the end of another summer season, which product category do you expect to be the biggest seller as we head towards to autumn and winter?







Latest reader comments

re: A guide to construction safety for home builders

Daniel Wood
Safety should always be the first priority. If followed properly, these precautions are all we need to tackle all unwanted accidents. I ...

re: Further Homebase closures ahead

Shaun Collorick
Cheltenham homebase has closing down signs outside, but not Gloucester homebase.... Yet!...

re: B&Q sales slide, as Screwfix decision to exit German market costs millions

B&Q bob
No surprises from us on the shopfloor management paralysed by fear of jobs and to weak to take chances so bumble around. Ranges boring, and ...

re: Further Homebase closures ahead

Miss l'a tesha gc Wilson
Please keep me updated regards all Store closures Thank you...

re: Graham Bell to head up B&Q as part of Kingfisher reshuffle

Peter Earl
I HOPE GRAHAM BELL THE NEW CEO OF B&Q GETS TO GRIPS OF THE COMPANY VERY SOON.MY WIFE WENT FROM SHADOXHURST TO GILLINGHAM TO GET SOME ...

Most read stories