Use of ash against slugs and snails

Use of ash against slugs and snails

The use of ash, if coming from the agricultural activity and from untreated material with various pesticides and plant protection products, is a very useful technique in the reintegration of the elements removed with agricultural production. But in addition to this use in this sheet we will also see the use of ash against slugs and snails.
It should be remembered that the ash, in the past, was used for other purposes (you left nothing to chance) and therefore can help us fight a serious scourge of all gardens: that of slugs and snails.
We recall here that the Limaches belong to the Limacidae (Limacidae Rafinesque, 1815) and that they are a family of terrestrial gastropod molluscs without shell, which should not be confused with the snails. The snails are invertebrate animals belonging to the molluscs phylum. It is not a real superfamily of gastropods, but simply the name commonly given to this type of invertebrates.

In their movement on the ground and in their ordinary activity they feed on plant parts of plants, moving on the ground from plant to plant. their containment with networks and other barriers is often difficult, referring to the chemical fight with poisons often the only very questionable solution from the ecological point of view and the healthiness of the products we then feed on. For small vegetable gardens (family-oriented) there is a very effective solution (while for the large vegetable gardens some techniques like those of co-ordination and good rotation have to be integrated in fact these molluscs can not cross a dry ash layer and therefore with this can be made effective barriers, not dangerous for pets and children, moreover this solution (if the ash has the characteristics described above) is much more environmentally friendly than common snails.
The technique to be adopted is as follows: the ash is distributed around the flowerbeds or at the base of the plants, in strips 6-7 cm wide and at least 2 cm high. Remember, however, that the obstacle for slugs and snails remains until the ashes remain dry. For this reason you must therefore be careful when irrigating, or after a rain, to rebuild the barrier. The slugs and snails in fact can not cross a layer of dry ash and therefore around the flowerbeds of the garden and the garden can be made very effective barriers to keep these molluscs at bay.
Finally, as mentioned, the residual ash will then have the fertilizing effect already seen in the article.

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