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What eats slugs and snails?

Ruth -  27 Apr 2022 18:00:00 Full article...
The main aim of slugrings is to provide a really effective solution that is completely safe to all other wildlife and plants. Slugrings don't actually damage the slugs and snails, they just create a very bad taste when their slime reacts with the copper. It is so unpleasant for the mollusc it simply turns them away. This means that when using slugrings you will still have slugs and snails in your garden for other wildlife to feast upon, and attracting predators is a great way to help ...

Testing alternative slug deterrents

Ruth -  11 May 2021 09:00:00 Full article...
I spent a very pleasant afternoon playing with my new pet. I've named him StJohn the ninja snail and he is quite lovely. I thought it would be interesting to trial a few commonly quoted snail deterrents and see how they fared. Results are as follows: 1) Egg shells didn't seem to phase him at all. Tried him quite a few times and just didn't seem to notice them? 2) coffee grinds. He fell off these a bit as they kept sliding out from under him but didn't seem to actually ...

Using Slugrings round larger plants

Ruth -  3 May 2021 16:00:00 Full article...
  Some plants are nice single stem tidy plants, but for other larger plants or those with multiple stems you may want a larger copper ring. The Slugrings clever design and the malleability of the pure copper means you can bend the rings and combine them to make the largest ring you may need. This provides ideal slug protection for large hostas, salvias and even large pots.             View this post on ...

How to avoid 'bridges' to your plants

Ruth -  9 Apr 2021 12:00:00 Full article...
  So what exactly is a bridge? When we say to avoid bridging, we simply mean you must ensure there is nothing passing from outside the ring to inside the ring that would allow a slug to pass over the copper to your plant!             View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by ...

Managing Overhang

Ruth -  7 Apr 2021 08:00:00 Full article...
Let's talk about overhang. Not the post Easter too much chocolate type, but leaves.    Slugrings are really effective to just fit and ignore when the plant is a nice upright Delphinium, or a single stem dahlia. They are equally effective for multi stem plants like hostas or Ligularia but they require a slightly different approach and a little more attention.      When leaves first appear inside the ring they are nice and tidy, but as they grow ...

How to Stake your plants with a Slugring

Ruth -  6 Apr 2021 19:00:00 Full article...
  Many customers are buying our copper rings to protect thier Delphiniums, Lupins and Dahlias. All of these plants will need supports as they grow, and its important to do this correctly when using a Slugrings.   When staking plants using a copper slugring it is essential that all stakes are kept within the copper ring. This is to prevent any bridges from outside to your plant. If the stakes are outside of the copper then slugs and snails will just access your plant ...

An eggcelent plan to deter slugs

Ruth -  12 Mar 2021 11:00:00 Full article...
A few summers ago our eldest daughter invented a song that goes like this    “Is it a girl…. is it a boy…. I don't know unless I look at it’s…. bottom”   She sang it loud and proud everywhere we went for about 4 weeks, and it's a catchy tune… so we all somehow ended up joining in. Even now I’m regretting restarting this earworm... But the point is, in many cases in the animal kingdom that is the way you tell ...

Cupids slimy love dart

Ruth -  12 Feb 2021 11:00:00 Full article...
With valentine's day approaching it's time for some romance, and nothing says romance like cupid's arrow… finding that one true love. One does not have to look far to see a case of cupid's arrow in real life though, in fact you really just have to look outside the back door. The brown garden snail or Helix Aspersa, that common little fellow you see munching his way across your veggie patch, has one of the most exciting and dangerous love lives in the ...

Slugs: A perennial problem

Ruth -  10 Feb 2021 17:00:00 Full article...
  It is about this time of year, frost and snow on the ground that we start looking for those first signs of spring to encourage us through the last of winter. I have really enjoyed hunting out all of the hundreds of crocus we planted in the autumn and watching their little heads appear. It is also the time of year I go around to check on the first shoots of my perennials. Not all are showing signs of life yet, but last week's inspection showed the Ligularia showing little pink ...

Make your own Slug Ring bird feeder for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch!

Ruth -  28 Jan 2021 18:00:00 Full article...
  There are two reasons we use copper slug rings over slug pellets, nematodes or other  deadly methods: Firstly, we want something child and pet safe…. Slug pellets are very appealing to little fingers and mouths and very unpleasant if eaten! Secondly, we actually quite like snails. Slugs I am trying to learn to love but largely failing. Even the amazing leopard slug mating videos can’t persuade me of their inner beauty. They are quite amazing creatures though and form ...
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