Slugs and snails can be deterred using natural means, according to a gardening expert.

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Slugs and snails can be deterred using natural means, according to a gardening expert.

A GARDENING expert has revealed the most “effective” natural ways to keep slugs and snails away from your plants.

Slugs and snails are pests that may wreak havoc on British gardens. They prefer young plants and plants with a lot of soft green foliage. Marigolds, hostas, dahlias, sunflowers, and lupins are among slugs’ favorite flowers.

Sarah Mead, head gardener at the Yeo Valley Organic Garden in Somerset, has now given her top pest-controlling techniques for all gardeners.

Sarah has been gardening organically for 20 years and has even produced one of the UK’s few completely certified organic ornamental gardens, according to the Soil Association.

The gardening expert claims she has tried “a variety of approaches” for slug and snail “barrier control,” but has found two to be the most “successful.”

“Sprinkling coffee grounds (not decaf) in a broad circle around valuable plants appears to work well for us,” she stated.

“Copper rings are also recommended.

“You can make your own by buying copper by the roll from a roofing supplier – it’s a lot less expensive than buying ready-made.”

Inviting birds into the yard is another technique to keep basic pests like slugs and snails at bay.

“We feed the birds abundantly throughout the winter, when they are most in need, and then remove the feeders in the spring to encourage them to concentrate on eating our pests,” she stated.

However, not all garden pests are harmful to your plants.

Pests are food for species higher up the food chain, thus they don’t have to be eradicated totally.

“We’ve learned to take a more easygoing approach and turn the other cheek when it comes to pests,” Sarah continued.

“A pest is a tasty lunch for someone higher up the food chain, so don’t eliminate them too quickly.

“You are giving a great food supply for your predators by tolerating your pests, and they will do the work for you.”

The Soil Association has designated September as Organic September.

To commemorate this, Yeo Valley Organic will create the first completely approved organic demonstration garden at the Chelsea Flower Show later this month.

Tom Massey, in cooperation with Sarah, developed the Chelsea display garden, which is inspired by the organic gardens seen around the city.

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