Posted: 21/05/2015 at 21:15
I do what a hosta grower advised when she and her nursery were featured in Malvern show coverage a few years ago.
Staring on Feb 14th - because it's an easy date to remember - thin scatterings of wildlife friendly slug pellets around all susceptible plants so hostas, clems, daffs, hemerocallis, new veg and salad seedlings and so on. Repeat at regular intervals and after heavy rain until late spring/early summer.
This system gets the perishers as they emerge from hibernation or hatch from eggs and before they can feed and breed. Easy to remember, easy to do. No harm to wildlife. Some slugs left to feed frogs and toads. Much less bovver than picking after dark which is what I used to do before the new slug pellets were available.