Gardening: How to stop slugs – get rid of pests with chemical-free container suggestions

Sharon is a chemical-free gardener who uses organic methods to keep her garden beautiful. As many UK gardeners seek to move away from chemicals, with slug pellets having recently been banned in the UK, she shares her tips for keeping slugs out of the garden without needing them. She runs @beforeandaftergarden, where she shares her ideas.

When it comes to growing plants from seed, Sharon keeps seedlings away from the mouths of greedy slugs.

She said: “When growing flowers from seed I make sure they are a decent size before planting them in borders to try to minimize damage.”

“In addition,” Sharon said, “we have a wildlife pond designed to attract many slug-munching creatures such as birds, frogs and toads.”

A number of animals will naturally kill slugs for you if you attract them to your garden.

Birds, toads and hedgehogs all eat slugs and snails as part of their diet, creating habitats for them in the garden.

How to attract slug-eating wildlife to your garden

Birds

Attract birds to your garden by installing bird feeders and providing fresh water in a birdbath. put birdhouses on trees so birds have a place to nest. Be sure to store these bird-friendly items out of the way of cats.

Toads

Toads can be brought into your garden with a pond. These creatures love moisture and need a cool place to rest, such as under rocks.

It is easy to buy or make a house for toads, where these animals can rest sheltered from the heat of the sun.

If you’re lucky, the toads will love your pond so much that they’ll decide to leave their eggs there and bless your garden with toads for generations to come.

Hedgehogs

Cute and spiky, hedgehogs are some of Britain’s loveliest creatures. Hedgehogs like tall grass and a quiet place to hide in the garden.

You can try to build a hedgehog house for them to live in. Leaving food outside can also tempt them, but be careful not to leave any milk or bread.

Hedgehogs love cat biscuits and meaty cat or dog food.