Summer is here, and your plants are already in the ground. They’re looking green and lush, but there is one thing to remember: the threat of slugs is just around the corner as the weather continues to warm up.
The specialists at Rosehill Gardens have helped many land owners revitalize their landscapes after slugs have ruined their plants. If there is one thing we’ve learned, it’s that keeping the slugs away from day one is easier than getting your plants to “come back” once they have been eaten.
Create a Slug-Fighting Border
There are certain materials that slugs simply will not slide across. Try surrounding your garden in a thin border of diatomaceous earth, a fine sand-like material made from the shells of small sea creatures. The slugs will stay away from your plants since the material harms their skin.
If you have access to seaweed, it makes an excellent slug border. Seaweed is very salty, and slugs will shrivel up if they encounter it. Create a pile of three to four inches of moist seaweed around each plant. As an added bonus, it acts as a natural fertilizer as it breaks down.
Capture Slugs in Beer
This works best as a quick fix if you are suddenly inundated with slugs. Place a shallow pan of beer near your garden. Bury it in dirt so that the top is even with the soil. The slugs can’t resist it; they climb in and get so drunk that they drown.
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