Spring slug and snail control!!

Slugs and snails love fresh young leaves and can cause a lot of damage in spring if controls are not used.

You’ll never get rid of slugs and snails completely, but you can at least protect vulnerable plants with adequate controls, including organic and pet-friendly forms. They particularly enjoy seedlings, hosta leaves and the soft young growth on herbaceous perennials. Therefore you’re wise to get ahead in spring to stop greedy gastropods feeding on your prized plants!

Solabiol pellets – 100% naturally occurring active ingredient: £3.99 for 350g or £6.99 for 700g

Growing Success Slug Stop – natural slug and snail barrier: £4.85 for 3kg shaker pack or £6.99 for 6kg

Organic Slug Defence gel: £2.99 for 1 litre

Copper Slug Tape (serrated): £3.99 for 4m

Predators of slugs and snails should be encouraged in the garden – birds, frogs, toads, hedgehogs, slow-worms and ground beetles will all help to keep their numbers low. If you continue to have a big slug and snail problem try growing some of the plants below which are less likely to be eaten:

Acanthus mollis (bear’s breeches)
Achillea filipendulina
Agapanthus hybrids and cultivars
Alchemilla mollis
(lady’s mantle)
Anemone × hybrida (Japanese anemone), A. hupehensis (Japanese anemone)
Antirrhinum majus (snapdragon)
Aquilegia species
Armeria species
Aster amellus, A.× frikartii, A. novae-angliae (Michaelmas daisies)
Astilbe × arendsii
Astrantia major
Bergenia
(elephant’s ears)
Centaurea dealbata, C. montana
Corydalis lutea
Cynara cardunculus
(globe artichoke)
Dicentra spectabilis (bleeding heart)
Digitalis purpurea (foxglove)
Eryngium species
Euphorbia species (spurges)
Foeniculum vulgare (fennel)
Fuchsia cultivars
Gaillardia aristata
Geranium
species
Geum chiloense
Hemerocallis cultivars
(day lilies)
Papaver nudicaule (Iceland poppy)
Pelargonium
Phlox paniculata
Physostegia virginiana
(obedient plant)
Polemonium foliosissimum
Polygonum
species
Potentilla hybrids and cultivars
Pulmonaria species (lungwort)
Rudbeckia fulgida
Salvia × superba
Saxifraga × urbium
(London pride)
Scabiosa caucasica (scabious)
Sedum spectabile (ice plant)
Sempervivum species (houseleeks)
Sisyrinchium species
Solidago species (golden rod)
Stachys macrantha
Tanacetum coccineum
(pyrethrum)
Thalictrum aquilegiifolium
Tradescantia virginiana
Tropaeolum species
(nasturtium)
Verbascum species (mullein)  

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