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6 ways to rid your garden of slugs naturally | Gardens

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We have a terrible problem with slugs in our garden! They ate all the heads of my marigolds and two sunflowers (which were a Beavers project)! Having Daisy the rabbit, George the cat and 3 children who love gardening I'm loathed to put any pellets or chemicals down. I'm also not really in the mindset to actually kill the slugs more move them off my plants!

Being as we are now officially a Dorset wildlife friendly garden I've been researching ways to organically and naturally rid them from the garden.

natural ways to get rid of slugs

  1. Make your garden wildlife friendly : Birds and hedgehogs enjoy feasting on slugs. We have a fast population of birds now thanks to our multiple feeders (fat balls, nuts and seeds), bird boxes and bird bath, but they don't seem to interested in the slugs as of yet! The garden backs onto a road so I'm not keen to try and encourage hedgehogs into our back garden however if you are there are some great tips on Wyevale Garden Centre's blog and the Dorset Wildlife Trust produced this excellent information sheet. Dorset Wildlife Trust Hedgehogs

  2. Beer Bath : Placing a cup in the ground filled with beer apparently attracts the slugs and you simply dispose of the contents in your compost after. Using coffee will have the same effect.

  3. Egg shells : Clean, crushed egg shells around the soil will stop slugs as the sharp edges cut their underside so they will avoid these. The same is said for sand and saw dust.

  4. Copper Tape : If slugs are getting into pots placing a ring of copper tape around the top stops them crawling in. The copper tape gives the slugs a tiny electric shock.

  5. Fruit Rind : Laying grapefruit, orange and melon rind upside down on the soil will attract slugs and just with the beer bath you can dispose of the rinds filled with slugs (hopefully) into your compost bin.

  6. Picking them up and moving them on : This approach appeals to me least! Although my grubasaurus Megan loves nothing more than cuddling slugs and snails, so possibly a pocket money job for her!

Do you have any great tips for deterring or minimising your slug problem? I'd love to hear from you! 

 

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  1. I've used cat litter successfully in the past but it stops working when it gets wet. I read somewhere once that slugs maintain their numbers based on the amount of slime they encounter so if you get rid of loads they'll reproduce as there isn't so much slime iykwim

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  2. Great ideas - we don't seem to suffer from slugs that much. I am no gardener mind!! Kaz

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  3. We tried the beer and egg shells. The beer works to an extent.

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  4. This is great- we have such a problem with slugs. I've bought a trug this year which has worked really well, like all of these tips though.

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  5. oh goodness I have this problem in my garden too!

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  6. We have tried everything, but nothing works for us. I have no idea what to do!

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  7. What some great tips - I don't like the idea of using chemicals to get rid of them. x

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  8. I loathe slugs and they seem to like my garden and eat my plants! The copper tape is pretty good.

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  9. Egg shells and copper tape do work, I use both x

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  10. great tips ! I love natural remedies

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  11. I hate slugs and the number of times I have stepped on one as I walk out the backdoor I don't even want to count (must remember to wear shoes). I would love to see a hedgehog in my garden - not seen one for many years

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  12. These are good tips - we don't have too many slugs in our garden, maybe because there's a lot of wildlife around.

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  13. We find the copper rings work well with young plants particularly.

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  14. These are all ways that I've attempted to get rid of those pesky buggers from our garden when growing crops! Apart from the picking them up that is - eww!!

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