Slugs and snails are a problem in almost every garden. There are a million and one old wives tales that will supposedly stop the insatiable creatures but they rarely have any real effect.
We decided to weigh out the options of a few tricks that could work well against slugs and snails, mentioning two products specially developed to prevent the slimy pests from devouring the plants you have worked so hard to grow.
Here are 6 gardening tips to help you fight against slugs and snails:
Plant your seeds in raised beds
The truth is, slugs and snails could potentially climb up the side of your raised bed but your plants are in a way better position to avoid them. Planting your seeds in raised beds will at the very least reduce the slug problem. Another trick would be to try lining the bed with copper to deter the slugs even more, although we’ve seen mixed reviews on how effective this really is.
Choose a good spot
If you choose a spot away from long grass and other plants it will mean the slugs and snails have further to travel. They’ll also be exposed and therefore easier to pick off for birds and other wildlife. However, we do understand that you won’t always be able to garden in the perfect conditions and that some locations are naturally more susceptible to slug infestations. We suggest make the most of the best area you can find, like using a raised bed as mentioned above.
Physically pick them up
Sometimes you just have to get stuck in. Physically picking the slugs and removing them from your gardening area is perhaps not the most glamorous or enjoyable method but it does get the job done. Unfortunately, this is a job that might soon become tedious and repetitive if slugs regularly creep into your garden over night. And while it does get the job done, be warned that more will come sooner than you think!
Get someone else to do the job for you! Well, in this case something else! Slugs are a part of the natural food chain of other animals, so why not encourage wildlife to pursue them in your garden. Simply buy or make a birdhouse or birdbath to promote your garden as a welcomed space to slug eating wildlife, and they can act as a passive line of defence. While we can’t guarantee birds will flock to your garden to help you out, it’s worth a try.
Use Diatomaceous Earth
Use a diatomaceous earth based product such as Feed and Fortify that will act as physical barrier to protect your plants, no matter where you plant them or how much of a problems slugs are for you. As slugs or snails attempt to pass over the barrier of Feed and Fortify, a blend of food-grade diatomaceous earth, they begin to dry out (desiccate) and die. Feed and Fortify won’t only physically protect your plants, it will work to increase their uptake of nutrients and promote overall growth.
The Cruelty Free Method
We understand not everyone wants to kill slugs. So if you’re against causing any harm to slugs but you’re determined to protect your plants, Feed and Protect is a more friendly slug repellent alternative to the method above. Feed and Protect, when applied to your plants makes them unpalatable to slugs and snails and therefore deters them from eating your crops. Not to worry, this has no affect on how your plants will taste to the human tongue as our taste-buds are far more advanced. It just makes slugs not want to eat your plants anymore. This simple and safe slug repellent also delivers essential micro-nutrients to your plant and really is the perfect alternative to slug killing pellets!