Beat Slugs and Snails Without Using Chemicals
There’s nothing more frustrating than finding your plants and seedlings covered in the tell tale slime and destruction of slugs and snails. It’s important to remember that any creature in your garden is, at some point, likely to be a meal for another creature. So before you reach for the pesticides, why not consider using a chemical free alternative?
Research has found that the harsh chemicals used in ‘normal’ slug pellets usually results in a battlefield of slimey casualties strewn across your garden. ‘Organic’ pellets on the other hand, tend to make slugs and snails slope off and bury themselves in the soil before they die. It’s important to remember that any type of pellet works as bait to attract slugs and snails, so don’t distribute them next to any considerably precious plants which could get eaten before the pellets take effect.
Set a Trap
There are many slug and snail traps on the market. Do your research to find out which traps would best suit your garden's needs. Some of the best traps work by using beer to attract and get the slugs drunk before they drown.
Remove Slugs By Hand
On mild evenings, particularly when the weather is damp, head into the garden armed with a torch and container. Handpick slugs and snails and put them into the container. Relocate them to a field or hedgerow away from our garden or destroy them with hot water or a strong salt solution.
Copper tape is used on the rims of pots or raised beds and works by giving slugs a slight electric shock as they pass over the copper! The tape comes on a roll so you can normally do a few pots in your garden.
Beds that are raised up are a natural slug deterrent as they have to climb up the sides to get to your plants. If you surround your raised beds with shingle this is double deterrent that the slugs have to deal with, they really need to be hungary to have a go!
Slug and Snail Resistant Plants
With careful planning and planting,certain plants can be used as protection for others. The best plants to use as a barrier are those which are too tough to eat, too difficult to move over or those which are poisonous.
Plants with thick waxy leaves such as Sedums are particularly difficult for slugs and snails to move over. Alchemilla mollis is also a plant which is hard for slimy critters to move across, though this is due to its hairy leaves.
With it’s poisonous, bitter sap, euphorbia cannot be consumed by gastropods as it would gum up their mouthparts if they were to eat it.
Many dry plants, such as ornamental grasses, hold little interest to slugs and snails as they lack any significant nutritional value to them.
The astringent smell of Astrantia foliage has been found to deter slugs who don’t like to eat the plant or even pass through it!
Source: The Telegraph
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