How to deter slugs with copper tape

Discover how to protect your pot and container plants from slugs and snails with copper tape, in this simple guide.

Do it:

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Takes just:

30 minutes

Slug damage can ruin the appearance of lush, foliage plants, flowers and vegetables. Among others, hostas, dahlias and peas are regularly eaten, which can make them difficult to grow in areas where slugs are common.

While you could choose to grow a range of slug-proof plants, like rodgersia and brunnera, slugs may also be repelled from your container-grown plants if you fix copper tape to your pots. Copper tape is thin, easy to cut and simple to apply. Plus, it will gradually turn green over time, giving it an attractive aged look.

Follow our step-by-step guide, below, to protecting your plants from slug damage with copper tape.

You will need

  • A roll of copper adhesive tape
  • Craft pinking shears

Advertisement

Cut a piece of tape that's long enough to fit around your pot then, using the pinking shears, cut a decorative edging along one side.

Carefully stick the tape just below the rim of the pot. Remove a little bit of the backing at a time, smoothing out any creases as you go.

Advertisement

Try salads in a pot decorated with this copper tape - it'll give slugs a run for their money and you'll have luscious leaves.

Discover more ideas and inspiration

Related content

How to plant an acer in a pot

How to make a house martin nest

How to make tin can garden lanterns

Related offers

Offer

Save £10 on cyclamen

Save £10 when you buy six autumn-flowering, hardy Cyclamen hederifolium for just £19.99 at Blooming Direct. You'll get three pink and three white established, potted plants.

Order now

SAVE 20%

Farmer Gracy 20 per cent off Crocosmia

Save 20% on crocosmia

Enjoy vibrant colour in the garden summer after summer with savings on crocosmia. You'll save 20 per cent on crocosmia corms when you order now. Corms will be delivered in March 2018 ready for spring planting.

Use code: BBCGWCRO20

Order now

Offer

Subscriber only content

Save £10 on holly standards

Buy two expertly-trained holly standards for just £39.99 (saving £10), plus receive two free planters worth £9.99. These low-maintenance standard trees can be enjoyed for years to come.

Unlock now