Gardening tips: How to protect your plants from slugs this spring – Express

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Gardening tips: How to protect your plants from slugs this spring – Express

Slugs can cause problems in the garden, damaging a wide range of plants throughout the year. But seedlings and new spring plant growth are most at risk. How can you protect your garden from slugs?

Most slugs feed at night and leave slime trails and irregular holes in plant tissue, making you aware of their activity.

Slugs enjoy eating a wide range of vegetables and plants, including sweet peas, dahlias, gerberas, and tulips.

They also feed on garden peas, beans, lettuce, celery, and potato tubers.

Luckily, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has put together some tips and tricks of how to control slugs, helping to protect your plants from the slimy creatures.

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There are some non-chemical ways to protect your garden from slugs.

A biological control specific to molluscs, with no adverse effect on other types of animal, is available in the form of a microscopic nematode or eelworm that is watered into the soil.

The nematodes enter slugs’ bodies and infect them with bacteria that cause a fatal disease.

To water the nematodes into the soil, the soil must be moist and warm.

Nematodes are available from refrigerated cabinets in some garden centres, or by mail from suppliers of biological controls, according to the RHS.

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