Friday, August 22, 2014

How to Control Slugs in the Garden Naturally

Snails and slugs are pests that almost every gardener has encountered. There are many tips and tricks on how to keep these slimy critters at bay. Not all of them are eco-friendly. Some people will advise others to use poison dust or other means. If you are trying to keep your garden free from slugs and as organic as possible, never use any poison!

Beer can Help

Slug traps have been used by many people with success. One popular trap is to fill a small bowl about half full with beer. Slugs and snails will climb in and then drown in the liquid.

Salt isn't just for Seasoning

Some people use salt to burn the pests. This is an iffy trick, as too much salt can and will kill plants. If you choose to use salt, do so very sparingly. Sprinkle it directly on any slugs you see, but try to avoid getting it on your plants.

Companion Plant

Try companion planting. Certain plants repel slugs and snails. Rosemary, marigolds, mints, and wormwood help keep the little pests away.

Keep it Ducky

If you keep chickens or ducks, let them visit in your garden each morning. You will need to keep an eye on the fowl - some chickens will feast on the harvest rather than slugs - but most of your garden will be picked free of slimy critters in a short period of time.

Oat it Up

Cast oat bran out over your garden. Snails love it and eating it will kill them as it swells inside of their bodies.

Use Mulch

Try mulching around the outside of your garden with pine needles. Create a barrier that will keep the slugs and snails from entering in the first place.

Eco-friendly Solution

Diatomaceous earth is a popular eco-friendly bug and slug repellent. Sprinkle it liberally over your plants and around them. This 'earth' is actually the fossilized remains of tiny animals and is very sharp. Sharp enough to cut and kill slugs.

Walk on Eggshells
A very effective method of repelling slugs and snails is to crush eggshells and sprinkle around plants. As you use eggs, save the shells, wash them, and allow to dry. Crush with a rolling pin or any other heavy kitchen tool, then place in a zip top bag. When you are ready to use the shells, just sprinkle heavily around the base of your plants.

source: 20 years of personal gardening experience


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