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‘Repels them’: Use plants as a ‘natural pesticide’ to ‘deter slugs’ away from the garden

Slugs are the most active after dark or in wet weather and will often appear during the spring and summer months. They can cause huge damage to the garden, including eating young crops and eating holes in flowers. One expert has shared methods gardeners can use to get rid of slugs, including using plants that will repel slugs.

Garden maintenance and horticulture expert, Alison Novell of Polhill, explained: “Use plants as a natural pesticide. 

“The plant Astrantia gives off a scent that repels them. Other plants which deter slugs and snails include Fennel, Wormwood and Rosemary.”

These plants could also be planted around crops such as lettuce to help protect them.

Pine needles or thorny cuttings can be placed around the garden to create barriers.

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“The scent of the beet will lure slugs, which then fall in and get stuck.

“You can also lay down copper tape in your garden to deter slugs from reaching your plants.

“The copper gives molluscs a small electric shock which will make them leave. The tape can be attached to raised beds, garden pots, and even greenhouses.”

For gardeners who have a large slug presence, salt can be used to kill them.

Alison said: “[It’s a] classic deterrent. Sprinkle salt on them to kill them. 

“Avoid sparkling too much near or on plants as they can also be damaged by salt.”



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