Slug & Insect Control
Protect your favourite plants from frost with our range of horticultural frost fleeces, polytunnels & plant frost jackets, cloches and our accurate digital greenhouse thermometer. It is important to protect plants from frost. Frost causes the water in plant cells to freeze, damaging the cell wall, matters are even worse when plants face the morning sun as this causes them to defrost quickly, rupturing their cell walls.
When plants are damaged by frost they look limp and blackened. Evergreen plants will turn brown and the leaves of tender plants may appear translucent. Even hardy plants and tough evergreens can be damaged by prolonged severe cold when soil becomes frozen. This is because the roots are unable to take up water and the plants die from lack of moisture.
Minimising frost damage
Horticultural fleece, also known as garden fleece is particularly useful for protecting shrubs and fruit trees from frost and for warming soil in raised beds and veg plots ahead of sowing seeds or planting. Our heavy duty frost fleece is double the thickness of most frost fleece, providing protection against lower temperatures. Place frost fleece around palms and other non-hardy plants. In spring also protect the buds on fruit trees with horticultural frost fleece.
Plant fleece jackets are useful for protecting plants in pots from frost damage. Our plant fleece jackets are extra thick but still allow moisture and air to permeate so that plants remain healthy although they are protected from frost and cold all through the winter.
Take a look at our Frost Protection Fleece and Veg Tunnel. Not only will they protect your plants from frost but during the summer months diffuses strong sunlight to prevent your plants from being scorched and is permeable enough to allow sunlight, air and moisture to maintain healthy growth.
Try to minimise the damaging effects of frost on your plants:
- Choose sheltered spots for tender plants, large trees and walls can provide some heat and protection from frost and bitter winds during the winter.
- Don’t prune the old growth of tender plants in late autumn or winter. This will help to protect the central crown of the plant and take the brunt of any frost damage
- Frost Fleece is very useful for plants that are trained against walls or growing in the open ground.
- Cloches are useful for placing over plants.
- Place mulch around the bases of evergreen plants.
- Grow tender plants in pots so that they can be moved indoors.
- Protect the crowns of ferns and insulate their trunks by wrapping them in layers of fleece.
- Protect palms by wrapping the trucks in layers of frost fleece and by tying their leaves into bunches, to protect their crowns.
When frost is forecast covering your plants retains soil heat and moisture and protects them against strong winds, which can hasten drying and cooling.
Protect your prized plants from troublesome pests with our handy pest control and crop protection range. We’ve got Insect sticky traps and Insect Mesh Netting to keep those insects away and our Organic Slug Pelletsto stop slugs in their tracks whilst nourishing your soil.
There’s been an increase in slugs, particularly giant Spanish slugs known as Arion Flageullus.If you want these pesky slugs to go and munch somewhere else then try Slug Gone Organic Slug pellets. An effective deterrent to stop slugs in their tracks, made from British Wool. Slug Gone is also perfect for organic gardeners as it contains no harmful chemicals and is safe for animals to form a barrier around your veg plots and garden borders.
The slug pellets expand when wet to form a felt like blanket like barrier which won’t wash away. This then deters the slugs by pulling the slime off the slug’s foot so the slugs have to go off and find easier feeding elsewhere. The wool fibre’s fine scales. Small barbs and abrasive particles make the pellets gritty, forming an abrasive and irritating barrier that slugs won’t cross.
Price From: £7.95
Slug Gone organic pellets are a highly effective slug repellent made from sheep wool, that are safe to use around pets and children.
Named ‘Our Choice’ by BBC Gardener’s World magazine, they are used by Chatsworth House and won a Green Innovation award.
Essential for anyone with problems with aphids or who enjoys having ladybirds around. This lovely bug house will attract ladybirds and lacewings to your garden, greenhouse or polytunnel and they'll repay you by preying on aphids, thrips, red spider mite and moth eggs.
A lacewing can consume 50 aphids every day, so it's easy to see how attracting them can control pests!
Provides shelter during the summer and a place for hibernation during the winter.
This three-tiered bug house will attract beneficial solitary bees, ladybirds and lacewings to your garden, polytunnel or greenhouse.
The solitary bees will pollinate plants and flowers, and the ladybirds and lacewings will prey on garden pests like aphids and red spider mite.
Includes free bee guide and a free packet of wildflower seeds.
Price From: £16.99
Attract pollinating non-aggressive solitary bees to your veg plot or garden with this superb bee house. You will be doing the bees a much needed favour and they will repay you by pollinating your plants!
Solitary bees are child and pet safe because they are not at all aggressive and do not swarm. This lovely bee home has individual wooden tubes in which the females lay eggs and leave pollen and nectar for each grub to eat. A year later the grubs emerge as adult bees, to mate, pollinate your plants and start the process again.
Times Up Greenhouse Insect Catcher
Trap pests before they eat into the fruits of your labour. Chemical-free pest control which attracts and kills greenhouse insects.
Effective against most flying insects including; greenfly, blackfly, whitefly and midges.
Protect your veg crops from all types of pest with this superior insect netting with ultra-fine holes.
The holes are only 0.6mm, which is small enough to keep out Cabbage Root Fly, Carrot Fly, White Fly, Onion Fly, Flea Beetle, Vine Weevil and Aphids and others. This high quality insect netting provides a physical barrier to all common garden pests, but allows air and moisture through so your plants stay healthy and well nourished.
Even better, there’s no need to remove it when watering, just apply directly through the mesh. Its pale green colour makes it as unobtrusive as possible in your garden.
Extra Long Tunnel - Protect seedlings and young plants
Protect your vegetable plants from frost, wind and pests during the winter months with this 3 metre fleece tunnel kit. The tunnel is thick enough to provide protection against frost and is permeable enough to allow light through. You are also able to water over the top of the fleece tunnel, so that it can be keep in place throughout winter.
Ideal for allotments and raised beds.
Combat aphids, red spider mite and thrips by attracting lacewing to your garden or greenhouse.
Simply place this slow-release lacewing food on the entrance of a lacewing/bug house and they will thank you by preying on the pests that are attacking your plants.
Attract butterflies and bees to your garden with this feeding station and they'll repay you by pollinating your plants.
This sheltered feeding station has a sponge feeder and landing platform with 2 feeding cups so that several butterflies and bees can feed at the same time.
Attract butterflies to your garden with this nectar-rich food with vitamins.
Providing butterflies with this nectar-rich food helps to attract these efficient pollinators to your garden but also helps to improve their survival rates, as many species of butterfly are in decline.
Perfect for raised beds and veg plots!
Speed up the growth of your plants on patios, raised beds and on allotments with this superb Mini Polytunnel. The heavy duty PVC cover creates a micro-climate that retains heat and humidity for quicker plant growth.
This accurate digital greenhouse Thermometer & Hygrometer monitors and records the minimum and maximum temperature and humidity levels in your greenhouse. You can take action so that your plants don't succumb to humidity related problems like mold and botrytis, or frost damage during the winter.
Records and displays temperatures from -10˚C to +50˚C. Records and displays humidity readings from 25% to 98%.
Attract more pollinating bumble bees to your garden with this pack of carefully selected native wildflower seeds which are particularly attractive to bumble bees.
Includes a mix of approximately 17 of the most beautiful native wildflowers including poppy, cornflower and foxglove. The wide range of species included ensures that your garden has flowers to keep bees busy all season.
Includes a free guide to identifying bumble bees.
Everything you need to know about solitary bees in a gardener-friendly laminated guide. Solitary bees are non-aggressive highly effective pollinators and are a valuable addition to any garden or veg plot. This 4 page laminated guide will help you to identify them and attract them to your plants. Written by the International Bee Research Association.
Attract more pollinating bees to your garden or veg plot with this pack of carefully selected wildflower seeds which are particularly attractive to pollinating bees.
Includes a mix of 13 of the most beautiful native wildflowers including poppy, cornflower and foxglove. The wide range of species included ensures that your garden has flowers to keep bees busy all season.
Includes a free guide to identifying bee species.
This 1metre x 57cm cloche is great for protecting tender plants from the first frosts at the end of the season and for hardening-off in the Spring. The 3 vents enable you to manage humidity, the 22cm and the UV resistant coating protects the cloche against yellowing from UV rays. Perfect for protecting your plants against frost and pests.
Dimensions L105cmx W57cmx H22cm.
Made in England by Greenhouse Sensation
Protect tender plants and seedlings from frosts and pests with this set of 3 Dome Cloches. The plastic ground pegs – 2 per cloche – keep the cloches securely in place even on windy days and the adjustable air vent gives you control over humidity.
Each Dome cloche measures 27cm in height and just over 33cm in diameter.
The Dome Cloche also helps to get seedlings and young plants off to a head start.
Extra Thick Veg Plot Fleece
An essential for every veg plot. Before you sow your seeds lay the fleece over the ground to warm it up, then lay it over seeds and young plants to protect from frost and pests and birds. It’s also useful for shading seedlings from bright sun and protecting veg from frost in the autumn and winter.
At 35gsm this garden frost fleece is double the thickness of standard garden fleece.
We think this the best insulating fleece available.
Size 10 metres x 1.8 metres.
Price From: £7.00
High Quality Plant Protection Jacket
At 100gsm but with a hi-tech fabric design which allows air, light and moisture to penetrate the Maxi-Fleece is the most effective frost jacket we've come across. Your plants will be protected from frosts at temperatures as low as -8°C
Available in three sizes.
Price From: £6.00
Protect several plants at once with these Maxi-Fleece Covers that are up to 2 metres wide!
70gsm material protects against temperatures as low as -7°C but allows air, light and moisture to penetrate. Superb for shrubs, hanging baskets, specimen plants and trees.
Available in 3 different sizes.