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i heard that the garlic works very well, so i will be trying this , if someone ever comes up with one item to keep them away they would make a fortune, but i agree slug pellets are not the way to go, i am lucky i have a toad in the garden so hopefully he will performe for his residental stay ?

Brilliant info very much appreciated
I grow my hostas in old chimney pots keep them off the ground they look great
sterelitza

It seems the battle is starting again, I have just picked off a green caterpillar from a surviving geranium in the raised flower bed this afternoon.  Also slugs are starting to crawl out from under folliage, etc.  When I find a slug in its shell I chuck it on the lawn and the crows then pick it up and proceed to bash it on the roof of my house.  I dont know whether to like crows or not as they make a racket and can damage the tiles.  Maybe the best thing is to grow plants and flowers the slugs dont like, such as Flag Irises, Bergena, rock roses, etc.  But they will eat anything given the chance.  I am going to put lots of tins containing beer around the place and drown the pests.

DianaW
I grow low slug-attracting plants such as hostas in hanging baskets or clay pots - best if sited on rough gravel. Cover the surrounding soil surface with lots of scratchily off-putting mulch, like crushed eggshells.

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My can of WD40 has pictures of uses for it, one of them being spray round the outside of plant pots to prevent slugs, (and I'm guessing snails, too,) climbing up them.
I haven't put it to the test, but lets face it, the smell alone would put anything off coming anywhere near! Hmmm, wonder if it works as well as mothballs do against my cats using the pots as litter trays......
Fairygirl

I love the smell of WD40 

I have more snails than slugs in this new garden so I chuck 'em over the fence into the road and let them take their chances with the traffic 

If I'm feeling kind I put them in the compost bin though!

i had a slug problem, then i got two chickens, no more slugs ; >
In slug control you suggest sweet bran, what is this and where can you buy it please?
In this artical you mention Sweet Bran as a slug/snail control, what exactly is sweet bran and where would you get it please?
Edd

Raw oats and bran. Can be obtained from most supermarkets and health food shops. Slugs love it and get bloated and dehydrated. This will kill them or slow them down enough for the other animals to eat them. Only any good when dry though.

 

I bought a calla lily..it was gorgeous...planted it out and low and behold the bulb was totally annihilated by Sid the Slug, pretty peeved...the lily cost me a few bob...

ANYWAY on a positive note...COSMOS, MARGERITES (not sure how to spell this) do well, i havent had any slimey slug probs with these...

 

 

 

 

1Runnybeak1

I have a head torch yes a torch that is attached to your head by a thick piece of rubber band. My husband thinks I'm mad (which I am) when I get 'tooled up' with my torch, a large spoon and a jam jar half full of salt. The beauty of the torch is that you have both hands free to hunt the slug/snails and pop them in your jar. I go out when it gets dark and just collect them . Simples.  I did once scare the life out of my neighbour tho when I popped my head over the fence to say hello with my head torch lit. I wont tell you what her response was. 

If you have plants in pots put a thick coating of Vaseline around the rim, it works for me!

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We recently moved in to a house that had a lot of slug loved plants. We tried pellets but regardless I woke one morning to find 28 slugs/ snails under one plant. I spoke to my dad about it and he suggested scattering crushed pistachio shells all over the flower beds. I'll never look back, I was surprised that it actually worked. 

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