So how do you stop slugs and snails?

Looking for ways to keep the slug and snail populations in your garden down? Follow Brian's tips
Looking for ways to keep the slug and snail populations in your garden down? Follow Brian's tips

SOUTHSEA GREEN: With Irene Strange

Have your say

Are there bedding plants which are less vulnerable to slugs and snails? The answer is no – all plants are likely to be attacked by them.

However, one of the most resistant plants is the geranium.

But a lot of you want to know how you can keep the slug and snail population down in your garden.

If you have a walled garden, then you have the best chance of winning the battle.

But if you have fences and the garden next door is neglected, sadly you will always be troubled.

I have to be careful and give a balanced answer because I do get letters from people who accuse me of destroying creatures.

But if you have several alternatives, it’s up to you what you do.

Our security sensors in the garden went off one night and I walked down there with a torch. It was 2.20am, I shone the torch hoping it would frighten away the intruders and instead found the lawn was covered with dozens of huge slugs.

There they were, eating the edges of the begonia leaves.

There was nothing for it but to quickly dispatch them with a size nine.

It is worthwhile to get out there at night, maybe not at that unearthly hour but soon after darkness falls.

I try never to kill snails as they are such a lovely creature, but they are gathered up from under the rhubarb (their favourite spot) and taken several miles away into the countryside.

If you throw them over the fence, they return a few days later!

They are well-known to have strong homing instincts.

There are three different slug crystals available at garden centres, all of which will prevent slug damage if you sprinkle crystals around your plants.

As the slug slithers across the treated surface, the active ingredient dries up their propellent.

If you don’t want to harm them but simply deter them, talk to a cafe owner and ask them to keep egg shells for you.

Bake them in the oven, roll them with a rolling pin and scatter them around the plants.

There is a natural predator called a nematode and details of this can be found on, or look on the computer for Nymasis. This is avaiable by post and is the best defence against slugs.

None of the products mentioned are harmful to humans or animals and if you don’t have a computer, nip along to your local library and the staff there will show you how to find Nymasis on the internet.

Library staf are just wonderful, aren’t they?