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Slugs and lupins

Hi all

Any tips on controlling the slug damage to my lupins? The lupins are in the garden rather than in pots so copper is not really an option. Also not over keen on pellets…………… Can I have a beautiful garden without killing these title darlings?? Tried all the usual things, just wondered if anyone had any new tips……….

Thanks

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,921

    The only way friendly is to use nematodes, they really do work, but are expensive. Although if you buy your plants from a garden centre then nematodes are well worth the money.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • BalBal Posts: 93
    you can get organic slug pellets that will kill the slugs but not harm anything else even if they eat the slugs.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,921

    Can you let us know what you use because I have been through the lot, also bark, egg shells, garlic, coffee, little buggers dont take the hint.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • BalBal Posts: 93
    Hi don't know what they leave out but the contain a ferrous compound
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,921
    Bal wrote (see)
    Hi don't know what they leave out but the contain a ferrous compound

    Is that the ones we need or the ones that are bad and should be avoided.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • sunnysarahsunnysarah Posts: 62

    I did some research on these "wildlife friendly" ones and unfortunately I found out that they actually kill the worms, not so good image

  • Has anyone tried greasing the outside of pots with copperslip grease to stop slugs climbing up the outside

  • Thanks everyone for all your tips. Looks like we've all tried many things with little success. I've now resorted to the strategy of trying to provide more than they can possibly munch through……….. Multiple, well established plants together in one great colourful bush. Expensive initially but hopefully worth the effort.

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