Slug and Snail Shocka Roll (5m)
This 5m Slug Shocka rolls (0.9m) wide keeps larger areas slug and snail free. The upper surface of the fabric is coated in a resin containing copper hydroxide, which gives any mucus-based mollusc attempting to cross an unpleasant tingling sensation
If you've been frustrated by constant slug and snail raids or your home grown vegetables or treasured ornamental plants, you may have gone as far to consider an electric fence to keep out these plant-devouring molluscs; and in truth, the Slug and Snail Shocka Rolls aren't far off that idea! Although slug rings, traps and copper tape are perfectly adept at keeping slugs out of beds, pots and away from individual plants, gardeners have always found it difficult to keep larger areas slug and snail free but the 0.9m x 5m Shocka rolls do just that.
The upper surface of the fabric is coated in a resin containing copper hydroxide, which gives any mucus-based mollusc attempting to cross an unpleasant tingling sensation - and not only do the Slug and Snail Shocka Rolls keep your plants safe, but they act as a well insulated, weed resisting, water permeable mulch which can be easily trimmed to size and cut to plant through. Slug and Snail Shocka Rolls are used commercially so take a leaf out of the big boys' book and invest in some heavy-duty slug prevention today!
- Slug and Snail Shocka Rolls available in two generous sizes
- 0.9m wide x 5m long Jumbo size
- Material similar to ground cover
- Easily cut to size
- Impregnated with copper hydroxide
- Gives slugs or snails an uncomfortable tingling sensation when they try to cross
- Easy to cut and plant through
- Ideal as a mulch
- Stops weed emergence
- Water permeable
- Good insulating qualities for early and late season growing
- Aids water retention
- Protect whole rows of plants
- Perfect for beds and large areas of planting
- Use year after year
- Popular with commercial growers
A very successful product - I cut the roll into four long strips and put this round the edges of my raised bed vegetable patch. I secured this with tacks where the edge was against wooden sleepers and with skewers and large stones elsewhere. For the first year ever, I have not had to share my lettuce and young vegetables with the slugs and snails!
I have so far found this product to be successful, we have had no further problems with slugs and snails since the roll was added to the ground around my runner beans. It was relatively easy to apply and didn't take too long to accomplish. If it continues to work then I would have no hesitation in ordering this item again.
Pros - It is effective - It is pet friendly - It is a time saver - As it is a weed suppressant - And stops moisture from evaporating thereby saving on watering and the time spent watering. - Can be used to reduce pests such as carrot fly and cabbage root fly from laying their eggs at the base of the plants. Cons - It is debateable as to how organic it is, as it's impregnated with copper salts, which is a restricted substance under the strictest of organic regulators - the Soil Association. - It is very expensive (but I am still using what I have been using for the last 5 years as a weed suppressant and water saver - I imagine that much of the copper salts have washed out by now, and isn't that effective as a slug deterrent any more, (but I also create slug friendly habitats from which I am able to collect them up during the day). - it is only 90cm wide, and my raised beds are a meter wide, and it would be perfect if it was 1.1 M wide therby giving a bit extra to tuck down the sides.
Our guide to the problems Slugs and Snails can cause in the garden and how to get the best from the biological control measures we supply...
Appearance and Lifecycle
The climate in the U.K is perfect for slugs! The generally moist climate provides ideal conditions for slugs and snails. Slugs are in the same family as snails and have evolved from them. Slugs like to live in damp places as water is quickly lost from their bodies. They are active at night or on wet days. Slugs are hermaphrodites, which mean that both male and female organs are present on each slug. Eggs are laid in groups of 50-100 and they can each produce up to 500 eggs each! These eggs hatch in about three weeks in the spring. If laid in the autumn they can overwinter as eggs. The eggs are white in colour and oval shaped. Some adults will survive mild winters. They can reproduce all year round. There are many different species of slugs in the UK but the main damage is carried out by a few species which includes the Grey field slug.
Symptoms and Damage
The presence of slugs can often be detected by slime trails or near plants left by slugs. Irregular feeding holes on leaves are another symptom of damage. Slugs attack a wide variety of plants. They spend quite a high proportion of their life cycle underground so roots and root crops like Potatoes can suffer great damage from slugs. Seedlings and young plants can be totally consumed. If seedlings fail to appear they may have been consumed by slugs before they got the chance to germinate! Other plants that suffer badly are strawberries, vegetables and hostas, although there are not many plants that slugs will not eat!
Appearance and Lifecycle
Snails are molluscs with soft bodies and a hard shell. They are hermaphrodites but still need to find another snail to mate with. After mating; snails will lay about 100 small white eggs. Snails hatch from eggs after about 14 days. Snails reproduce in the autumn and spring and are dormant in the winter. The two snails commonly seen in British gardens are the common garden snail [Helix aspersa] and Banded snails [Cepaea sp], which occur in higher numbers but are not so damaging.
Symptoms and Damage
Snails are active in wet weather and after dark. The first sign of their presence is often slime trails. The damage they cause in gardens is serious. They make holes in leaves, plant stems and flowers. Snails can climb quite high up walls and tall pants and are more mobile than slugs over dry soils. Young leaves and shoots can be completely eaten.
Natural Choice Treatments
There are an increasing amount of natural slug and snail control and slug preventative treatments. A combination of them - including copper rings, bands, tape and Slug Shocka matting - can be effective and safe to the user and environment. One of the main weapons used against slugs, nematodes, does not work very well on snails. This is due to snails occurring on the surface and therefore not coming into contact with nematodes applied to the soil. We recommend the Advanced Slug Killer granules for effective control of snails.