Types of Slug Control
The battle against slugs is one the gardener will never win. However, working with natural solutions, planting strategically, and encouraging wildlife, we can minimise the impact of the slug menace.
When dealing with slugs and snails, the cunning and ingenuity of the avid gardener never ceases to amaze me. Below are some of the main methods, and I’ll give you more ideas about each one as you keep reading this site.
Finding ways of permanently putting the little blighters out of your misery! This method includes poisoning, which should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.
When using chemicals in the garden, ALWAYS read the label carefully. Keep any poisons away from children and animals.
Ingenious contraptions to lure the slug to its doom; either killing it outright or allowing you to dispose of it later at your leisure. For example, the ever popular Slug-X beer trap.
Another variation on the slug trap idea is to recognise the sort of places where slugs love to hide during the day. Check those places and dispose of any slugs you find hiding there. You can even create your own such places in the garden and have the slugs exactly where you want them.
Rather than total annihilation, this approach aims to keep a little distance between the slug and your precious plants. Rough surfaces that are difficult to move across, desiccants that dehydrate, and copper barriers that inflict a tiny electric shock are just some of the possibilities.
Yuk! This must be one of the most disgusting, though arguably one of the more effective, methods of slug control; more so than any poisons and chemicals. I can collect hundreds on night time ‘slug patrol’ after a shower of rain.
Hedgehogs, birds, and beetles all love a fat juicy slug! Learn to encourage the ‘good guys’ to make your garden their home. Microscopic nematodes, while technically a parasite rather than a predator, fall loosely into this category too.
An untidy garden with masses of dense undergrowth and rubbish beneath which to shelter during the day will provide a veritable slug haven. So keep it tidy! Slugs will hate you for it.
Last but not least is learning to live with the slug to a certain extent. Grow the most delicate plants away from favoured slug haunts. Consider a few sacrificial plants to lure them away from your tender seedlings and treasured specimens.
Copper container feet
Copper is a natural slug repellent because it reacts with the slime of the slug to inflict a small electric shock, sufficient to deter it from venturing any closer to your plants.
Made from copper coated cast iron, I think these sturdy pot and container supports are a clever idea because they:
- Stop slugs devouring your plants.
- Add an elegant touch of class to your patio.
- Raise containers, allowing correct drainage and ventilation for healthy plant growth.
Supplied in packs of three.
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Copper Container Feet
I love this ingeniously simple idea. It’s based on the principal that copper reacts with the slug’s slime to produce a small electric shock; enough to repel the slug and prevent it from reaching the plants inside.
Manufactured by Defeet, these elegant copper coated cast iron supports are not only sturdy and deter slugs, they also raise your pots to allow proper drainage and ventilation, thus helping your plants to grow better.
A slug’s slime contains fibres which prevents it from sliding down vertical surfaces