How to keep plants off the menu for slugs

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - OUTDOORS -

The ex­plo­sion in the slug even build­ing a pond or wa­ter pop­u­la­tion pre­dicted by fea­ture which will at­tract wildlife ex­perts ear­lier this toads, frogs and newts, all year has been painfully ev­i­dent nat­u­ral preda­tors to the slug. in many gar­dens, as the slimy Some peo­ple rec­om­mend crea­tures have munched their boil­ing up cloves of gar­lic, way through beds, bor­ders and strain­ing off the liq­uid and con­tainer plants. wa­ter­ing around plants with

There are more than 30 types that. Other than that, it’s a case of slug in the UK, some 95% of con­tin­u­ing with dawn and of which are un­der­ground, dusk pa­trols to pick the slugs nib­blin­gonoff.seed­san­d­roots and lay­ing 20-100 eggs mul­ti­ple While many peo­ple opt for times ev­ery year. slug pel­lets, Paul claims that

It is be­lieved that the av­er­age even so-called or­ganic va­ri­eties Bri­tish gar­den con­tains over may harm other wildlife. 20,000 slugs and snails. Slugs But don’t be put off gar­den­ing re­main ac­tive in tem­per­a­tures by slugs. If you are will­ing to of 5C and above, con­sum­ing give the likes of lush petu­nias around 40 times their weight in and hostas a miss next year, the space of a day. there are many plants which

Paul Hether­ing­ton, of charity slugs don’t like, in­clud­ing BugLife, says: “Slugs and aqui­le­gias, gera­ni­ums and snails are big­ger be­cause they fox­gloves. have not spent time in a tor­pid They don’t like cal­en­dula, state of hi­ber­na­tion, they are cos­mos, neme­sia or roses reach­ing ma­tu­rity ear­lier ei­ther. be­cause they haven’t had th­ese Some herbs, such as thyme pe­ri­ods of rest when their body and chives, seem to re­sist their mass re­duces, and they breed ad­vances too. when­ever they are ac­tive, not sea­son­ally.

“When it’s hot and dry they will hi­ber­nate, but be­cause of the weather, we have seen 11 months of slug and snail ac­tiv­ity in the UK, whereas it used to be around seven.”

Mild, wet win­ters and wet sum­mers have boosted slug pop­u­la­tions, but the sit­u­a­tion has been ex­ac­er­bated by the loss of nat­u­ral preda­tors in­clud­ing hedge­hogs, thrushes, frogs, toads and ground bee­tles, which feed on slugs and help re­tain the bal­ance of na­ture, he says.

Deter­rents in­clude cop­per tape around plant pots, plac­ing sharp sand or crushed eggshells around plants, or

Left, the leop­ard slug, aka Li­max max­imus; right, the yellow slug, aka Li­max Flavus

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