Seminars focus on green methods to control weeds

Green themes headed up the seminar programme at Eirias Park, Conwy Bay, with vermicomposting, nematodes and careful selection of weed-control products.

ORM sales manager Richard Moss told delegates that vermicomposting - the digestion of waste material by worms - offers a beneficial solution to waste management problems: "Dendrobaena veneta worms will consume up to 80 per cent of their body weight in a day and produce a 100 per cent organic material that can be used in landscaping and on nurseries."

According to Moss, benefits of the wormcast material and worm-tea sprays include improved root development and enhanced quality and appearance of plants and turf.

Taking a biological approach to pest control, Becker Underwood technical sales representative Karl Geary showed the advantages of controlling pests such as slugs by adding nematodes to the soil.

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