Slug Tactics

One of the most common questions that we are asked is how to deal with slugs. There are a few things you can do to protect your plants from slugs and snails (without resorting to chemical slug pellets) that will really make a big difference, and it’s a simple case of using a combination of various tactics.

Firstly, make sure your plot is as free of slug-friendly hiding places as possible. That means removing any big stones, fallen branches, empty pots etc etc. It’s a really good idea to start doing this in early spring, before you plant, so that your plot is less inhabited by slugs and snails when your plants go in the ground.

Next, when you plant your veggies, we’d recommend putting down some slug traps. You can make your own by sinking an
old cup/ramekin into the earth. Fill your slug trap with cheap lager. The slugs won’t be able to resist a sneaky aperitif before visiting your veg!

The other trap to use is hollowed out citrus shells – slugs and snails will use it as shelter and so you can easily wait for them to gather under the peel and then do a regular removal.

For the particularly vulnerable plants, like lettuces, brassicas and corn, a barrier of something gritty around the base of the plants is a good technique. Our Slug Deterrent works well for this.

For those of you that really struggle with slugs, you may need to get your hands a bit dirty during a nightly dusk patrol. Grab a bucket, get your gloves on, don your head torch, and gather up slugs from raised beds etc. What you do with the slugs is up to you…relocating them is probably kindest!

Finally, remember that slugs and snails prefer damp conditions, so this is when they will be most active. When rain is forecast during spring and summer, be extra vigilant! During dry spells, it is sensible to water early in the morning rather than evening when possible, so as to avoid dampening the soil at night time.