Saturday, May 26, 2018

18 Feb

Combat Garden Slugs!

This winter has had the most rainfall to date. Not only is it stopping us from getting out into our gardens, its also providing the perfect environment for pesky slugs to thrive. No one wants to get back into the garden only to find ragged-edged holes in leaves and ravaged daffodils this spring.

We can’t do anything about the weather unfortunately, but you can start defending your garden against slugs now. Slugs can produce up to 500 eggs per season each, it may sound impossible to rid your garden of such a large infestation, but there are plenty of effective methods.

Slugs love certain plants and don’t favour others, if you have had a problem with slugs in the past why not try to plant something different this spring. Slugs love most types of young foliage and will munch through a Hostas, Lettuce, Strawberries and lots of other plants rapidly but there are plenty of plants they won’t eat.

Choose from any of the following slug deterrent plants:

  • Fuschias
  • Ferns – ideal for planting in the moist, shady sposts that slugs love.
  • Echinacea – the thick, furry foliage on these plants will put a slug off straight away.
  • Hardy Geraniums – for the same reasons as Echinacea, the hardy Geranium foliage is a deterrent for slugs.
  • Hellebores
  • Lavenders – unlike us, slugs hate the strong scent of lavender. Lavender is a good all-round pest repellent and there are plenty of varieties for you to choose from.
  • Roses – slugs won’t attempt to attack these thorn covered plants.

Most gardeners have their own ways of dealing with slugs, some will head outside at night by torch light and pull the slugs off by hand or surround their plants with gravel throughout the summer. We’ve compiled a list of the most effective slug deterrents suggested by our customers. Here are the top 5…

1. Dose of salt – not the most harmless way of ridding your garden of slugs, but definitely effective!

2. Slug pubs – fill a bowl or cup with beer and bury it in the ground. Slugs will be attracted to the beer and hopefully fall in. Remember to replace the beer every so often as after a while, especially in the rain it loses its attractive scent.

3. Pick them up and drop them in salt water – at night, or after a lot of rain slugs will be easy to find in your garden. Hand pick them off leaves etc and drop them in salt water.

4. Slug pellets – one of the most popular ways to get rid of slugs.

5. Find their hiding place and remove them. Usually in a shady, damp corner. If you get rid of them progressively throughout the season they shouldn’t be too much of a pest.


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