Slugs are active all year, but they're a particular problem in spring, when there's plenty of young growth for them to eat.
Tell-tale signs of slug damage are irregularly-shaped holes in leaves, stems, flowers, tubers and bulbs, and silvery slime trails.
There are many options for controlling slugs, and if you combine a few methods, you should keep them under control if you start the process in spring.
Organic slug pellets, made of ferric phosphate, are just as effective as non-organic ones but are less harmful to wildlife, or you can try nematodes. You could also try going out at night with a torch and bucket to pick slugs off by hand.
Discover four more ways to stop slugs eating young plants, below.