“What’s the best way to keep slugs from eating strawberries?” Question from Mary of Lincoln, Nebraska
Answer: There are several things that you can do to ensure that slugs don’t damage your strawberries. Here are six methods.
FOUR WAYS TO STOP SLUGS FROM EATING STRAWBERRIES
- Clean your vegetable beds up completely in fall, and till lightly in spring. This will remove any overwintering eggs.
- In spring, apply a layer of quality compost as a surface mulch to stop weeds and create an open, weed-free layer to keep slugs away.
- Apply diatomaceous earth at the base of your strawberry plants to deter slugs.
- Use Sluggo, a good slug killer that is approved for organic gardening.
I hope that these tips help.
Black Gold Horticulturist
Plants are the lens Jessie views the world through because they’re all-sustaining. (“They feed, clothe, house and heal us. They produce the air we breathe and even make us smell pretty.”) She’s a garden writer and photographer with degrees in both horticulture and plant biology from Purdue and Michigan State Universities. Her degrees were bolstered by internships at Longwood Gardens and the American Horticultural Society. She has since worked for many horticultural institutions and companies and now manages communications for Sun Gro Horticulture, the parent company of Black Gold. Her joy is sharing all things green and lovely with her two daughters.
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