How to Protect your Plants from Slugs
Get to grips fast with the gardener’s greatest enemy. Slugs can wreak havoc in the garden. Integrated control is the most effective. Arm yourself with a few defence mechanisms to protect your plants.
Make your garden wildlife friendly. The best weapons in the war on slugs are natural predators that eat them for breakfast. Frogs, toads, beetles, slow worms, snakes, hedgehogs and some birds consider these slimy beasts a protein rich delicacy. Keep an area of the garden wild. Provide a water source and leave a pile of logs to breakdown for beetles and other predatory insects. Feed the birds consistently to identify your garden as a food source and use pesticides as a last resort.
Use beer traps to capture slugs. A torchlight search after rain will also reveal a vast number that can be collected up and dispatched.
Create a barrier around susceptible and precious plants. Choose Earth Matters Slug Blocker Granules around plants growing in the ground. Watch out for overhanging leaves that might bridge the barrier and top up as needed. It can also be used as an ornamental, slug proof mulch for pots and containers.
When desperate measures are needed opt for something powerful. Use wisely and follow the instructions. Choose Eraza Slug and Snail Killer, but use sparingly, a pile of pellets creates a hazard and will not work any better.