Protect your plants from slugs
Slugs can decimate your garden. They will pick the newly planted items
and munch away until nothing is left.
There are several methods of dealing with them.
Physical barrier methods - slugs don't like to cross
scratchy surfaces. Some people use barriers made of grit. There is a
wool based product that can stop them.
These are vulnerable to being disturbed when you tend the soil or after
Beer - this is a great attractant and they will drown
in a tray of it. They will race across the garden to the beer pub you
put down for them. Cover the container of beer so it doesn't get rain
in. Ask at your local if you can collect some dregs.
Bran - a layer of bran can stop them. They will eat
Tape - copper tape is said to be a barrier to slugs.
You can put tape around pots to stop them climbing in.
Slug and Snail Tape £7.99
Slug and Snail Tape (Pack of 2) £11.98
Cloches - plastic bottle cloches can stop them, but
if they get in then they have a lovely safe environment to eat away
at the delicate plants.
Nemotodes. Work really well for at least 6 weeks. Makes
a huge difference to your gardening. You can plant out tender plants
after applying the nemotodes and the slugs just aren't there! Downside
- cost, but very effective.
Control with 12 Million Parasitic Nematodes (Phas) £13.99
Control with 30 Million Parasitic Nematodes (Phas) £25.99
Hedgehogs and frogs - natural predators which will
eat slugs. Create an environment which will encourage these and you
should get some help dealing with slugs.
Manual picking - probably not for everyone but can be hugely
rewarding. You can snip them in half with secatuers or pick them up
and drop them in salty water.
You could lay down cover material to collect them under and then check
these locations nightly. It will remove some slugs. Examine plants at
dusk and remove any slugs you find.
Slug pellets are available in many types and brands.
Always read the labels carefully especially if you have pets.
Garden Slug Bait 350g £9.99
Garden Slug Bait 700g £14.98
Slug Pelletts 350g £5.99
Slug Pelletts 700g £8.98
Choice - Slug Control Pack £19.99
Slug and Snail Trap £7.99
Slug and Snail Trap (Pack of 2) £11.98
Traps with Attractant (Pack of 3) £9.99
Traps with Attractant (Pack of 6) £14.98
and Snail Trap Attractant £7.99
and Snail Trap Attractant (Pack of 2) £11.98
and Hosta Mats (pack of 10) £14.98 - these can stop slugs
and Hosta Mats (pack of 5) £9.99
Make your garden more unfriendly by clearing away any debris they may
stay under during the day. Also strimming grass edges next to wooden
edging can remove places for them to hide.
When you find a slug hiding place then eliminate it if you can!
Not all slugs are bad, they are essential for getting rid of rotting
and decaying plant material. But they can devast your vegetables and