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Safe ways to rid your garden of slugs

4:34 PM, Jun 11, 2010   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The slugs are back.  If you've noticed holes in the leaves of your plants, it may not be too late to save them.  Paul Tukey of safelawns.org has a dozen ways to get rid of slug, that don't involve dangerous chemicals.

Paul says don't use anything containing metaldehyde. It can make your pets sick. 

He says you can spread a number of things around the base of plants to protect them from slugs:

coffee grounds

wood ash

salt

garden lyme

diatomaceous earth

You can also put copper barrier around the base of the plant, or spread "Slug Magic" all around. Slugs don't like to crawl over buckwheat hulls, so use it as mulch.  They also hate crumbled up egg shells.

You can surround plants they do like with plants they don't. For example surround your tomatoes with garlic, chives, leeks or rosemary.

And then there's the old favorite: beer in a small container, placed where slugs can get into it. Yeast and water and ammonia and water work as well.

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