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Tired of slugs and snails leaving more than just trails?

Posted on May 29, 2014 by Potter & Rest

Two of our biggest enemies in the garden are slugs and snails. With the climate change we are currently experiencing, where we are getting more mild, damp weather, the populations of slugs and snails is increasing.

We have come up with some top tips for preventing an infestation:

1. Keep your garden tidy, slugs and snails are particularly fond of decaying matter, so get rid of it

2. To repel slugs, plant mint, chives, garlic, geraniums, foxgloves or fennel around the edge of the garden

3. Egg shells, grit, hair, sawdust and sand all work as barriers to slugs and snails so place them around your plants

4. Put petroleum jelly around the base and tops of plant pots, this makes it impossible for slugs and snails to reach the plant

5. Attract wildlife that eats slugs and snails to your garden. Encourage birds by supplying a bird table stocked with food. Newts and toads also eat slugs and snails and can be attracted by ponds or boggy areas

6. Slugs and snails dislike plants that are hairy, waxy or glossy such as geraniums and fuchsias

7. Create a slug playhouse. Cut a grapefruit in half and remove the inside. Make a hole in the skin and place the grapefruit upside down in the soil. Slugs will be attracted to the grapefruit and in a couple of days you can remove both the fruit and the slugs inside it

8.Under the cover of night carry out a slug and snail hunt. Collect as many slugs and snails as you can, put them in a bucket and then empty it in a woodland area. 

Alternatively, check out our Pest Control section for some of the top slug and snail repellents this season.

Tags: slugs, snails
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