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Don't give up on summer.

Byline: RICHARD EVANS

THE heavy rain and terrible cold weather has caused many issues with gardens this year. They have been left wounded and down, but hopefully not out, by the nonstop rain and cold winds, a lack of sunshine and - more than most this year - slugs.

The turnaround can be almost miraculous. Don't give up on the garden just yet - and as we told you last week how cutting back, pruning, fertilizing and feeding the soil with nutrients can work wonders, this week it's the turn of the garden pest.

Slugs have caused havoc this year with many bedding plants and perennials.

In the case of Marigolds and Petunias the damage sustained may prove fatal and replacement the only option.

Plants with a bit more backbone however such as Dahlias, border perennials and shrubs have underground reserves which can fuel a full recovery, as long as slug populations are controlled.

Pellets containing metaldehyde are the most effective chemical control but do use them sparingly to avoid damage to wild bird populations, pets and contamination of water courses.

Populations of ahids and caterpillars often explode during high Summer and can cause significant damage.

Calibrachoa (Million Bells) can be badly affected by greenfly and should be sprayed with Provado if necessary. Caterpillars often cause damage to Geraniums in August and are best controlled with an insecticide containing deltamethrin.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 11, 2012
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