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Defeating the Slug – The Winter Campaign!

These tips  for defeating the slug in winter were sent in by a reader. We’ve not tried all the tips – so if you try a tip, let us know how you got on in the comments box below.

Slugs Eating Lettuce

Slugs Eating Lettuce

We’re always happy to get comments, tips and even full articles for the site from gardeners: just contact me or pop your tip in on the comments box below.

Winter is the best time to help yourselves in the ongoing slug battle. Tidiness and good garden house keeping can help at this time of the year as well as in the growing season.

Clear any areas that are slug havens and hiding places, check under containers and pots. Check between stacked pots and containers, under windblown leaves in a corner – anywhere that can provide sheltered winter quarters for slugs and snails as well.

Look around for any other likely slug hiding areas and remove them such as sacks, poly bags, planks of wood on the ground are popular too.

Slide your hoe down the inside of your raised beds holding it at a slight angle and open up a small gap. Then, dare I say it, sprinkle a few slug pellets in the gaps you have created and push the soil back.

Most important look under your garden shed, but not if your local hedgehog is in residence, and give it a rake out.

Place a few tiles on the soil and next time you are on the plot lift them, you may remove a few extra slugs this way and maybe even a snail or two. Warm weather may bring out the odd little snail who knows no better.

You may not see them about now but they are there somewhere. Find them and they will not be eating your produce next season.

With thanks to Henry for sending in this winter slug war tips

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