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Slugs, snails and other garden pests

Updated on March 22, 2013

Having trouble with Slugs and Snails?

Slugs and snails are one of a gardener's worst nightmares. They can decimate a row of seedlings overnight, and leave favorite perennials looking like Swiss cheese. But not all slugs are bad, and even the ones that munch your plants are playing an important role in the garden ecosystem.

There are plenty of ways to control slugs and snails in your garden without resorting to pesticides. Try traps, barriers, sacrificial plants, or just choose plants that they don't like to eat!

50 Ways to Kill a Slug - Serious and Silly Ways to Kill or Outwit the Garden's Number One Enemy

An ideal stocking filler gift for the gardener in your life!

50 Ways to Kill a Slug: Serious and Silly Ways to Kill or Outwit the Garden's Number One Enemy
50 Ways to Kill a Slug: Serious and Silly Ways to Kill or Outwit the Garden's Number One Enemy

Win the war against the world’s most hated garden pests with a battle plan of 50 effective slug-killing tactics—all amusingly written and illustrated with cartoons. An at-a-glance profile reveals effective weapons to use against the slug (including beer), and there are smart new ways to confuse them and set them off track.

Choose from those 50 slug-beaters, and inflict death the natural way, by chemical warfare, and by the “surprise” attack. Never has such a practical handbook been such fun to read.

 

Ghost slugs?

A new species is ghostly white

A new species of slug has been spotted in Wales - its white colour has earned it the name Ghost Slug, or Selenochlamys ysbrada. And it's not a friendly beast, either, as it likes to feed on earthworms.

Slug-proof plants

Try growing plants that slugs don't like

Slugs love some plants more than others, but are there really plants that they don't like eating?

Is lavender less likely to be munched than hostas? Will sedums be ravaged? Gardeners' World Magazine has a list of slug-proof plants.

Slugs munching your prized plants?

A quick guide to protecting your crops without chemicals

Keeping slugs and snails under control in an organic garden is a long term project - developing a balanced ecosystem, healthy soil and strong plants mean that slugs and snails do less damage.

But if f you've got a slug emergency then there's still no need to reach for the slug pellets, because there are organic and eco-friendly ways to deal with pests in your garden.

Check out this handy guide to controlling slugs without chemicals or listen to episode 33 of The Alternative Kitchen Garden Show.

Giant slug eats flower! - If you think you've got slug problems, check out this one!

A giant slug in the Namaqualand region of South Africa eats a spring flower. These slugs grow bigger than one's hand. The flowers are about 1 inch (2.2 cm) long.

Tell me about your slugs!

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      sallemange 4 years ago

      I know they are bad for plants but I haven't the heart to kill them

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Greetings! You have a lovely lens and it has been blessed.

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      The Goblins Den 8 years ago

      Great lens! Keep on sluggin'!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Grrr...slugs make me mad

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      Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      We had and explosion of slugs this year. I couldn't believe it. Other than wiping them off stuff and picking them off stuff when I see them I don't really bother too much with mine. As you say they play a role in the eco-system that is my yard. We'll see how it goes next year.