Keeping slugs and snails off your plants

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One of the greatest enemies a gardener fears are slugs & snails. Slug pellets are effective but may contain chemicals! Below are some great tips on how to deter & destroy them.

Slugs and snails with wigs!

For the slugs, go to your local barber or beauty shop. Ask them to save the hair they’ve clipped off their customers. Spread the hair around your plants. The sharp cut ends of the hair are a devil on the slugs’ soft little bodies.

Lubricated Slugs & Snails

Protect your potted plants from slugs & snails by placing mechanics grease half an inch below the top of the pot all the way around. Or better still use WD40 lubricant.

Slugs is no Yoke

I’ve heard that crushed eggshells are bad on the slugs, and the shells also add nutrients to the soil. Birds like eggshells because they add calcium to their diet so the eggs they make are stronger, and if a bird is eating eggshells happens to see a bug, well you can imagine what will happen to the bug.

Alcoholic Slugs

Alcoholic Slugs

As you know slugs love to party at night so why not treat them by supplying the drinks. Place a pint glass with some beer in it on its side where they hang out. The next morning you will find lots of dead slugs, but at least you gave them a good farewell party. Birds will eat the corpses and be will be singing merrily all day long.

Worms

Worms don’t cause much damage, apart from the small mounds of soil they leave on the surface of your lawn. Theses are called worm casts. However, they can attract moles and if that happens you could find mounds of soil a thousand times bigger than the worm cast. Worm killers can be purchased from your local gardening store. If you don’t like using chemicals then simply wait till the worm casts dry out one sunny day and brush off.

The best way is to avoid worms is to keep leaves and debris off the lawn by regular raking. Try not to use organic materials such as bone meal and dried blood on your lawn as this is the worms favourite diet.

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