Country Lore: Use Pine Needles as a Slug Repellent

Sharply pointed pine needles are an effective slug repellent. They'll deter those slimy crawlers from eating your garden plants.

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Let the slugs ooze around in the grass, not your garden. Spread some pine needles around and they'll stay away; slug repellent needn't be lethal, just unpleasant.

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I sprinkled the dry needles around each plant and did not have any more losses due to slugs.

Angela Smith
Duluth, MN


gartengrl
7/1/2009 3:09:45 PM

Huh!? Pine needles...you know I am going to try that... GartenGrl


tania
6/23/2009 1:52:30 PM

Well, pine needles didn't work for my slug problem. We bought a house this spring and I was afraid that deer and rabbits would be eating my vegetables, but instead it turned out that slugs would be a much bigger problem. We have pine trees around our lot so I have covered the ground around strawberries, peppers, beans, and tomatoes with pine needles to prevent weeds form growing. It helped with the weeds, but bean, pepper and strawberry plants are still getting eaten by slugs :(. I just read about using coffee, so this is my next tactic.


tania
6/23/2009 11:01:01 AM

Well, pine needles didn't work for my slug problem. We bought a house this spring and I was afraid that deer and rabbits would be eating my vegetables, but instead it turned out that slugs would be a much bigger problem. We have pine trees around our lot so I have covered the ground around strawberries, peppers, beans, and tomatoes with pine needles to prevent weeds form growing. It helped with the weeds, but bean, pepper and strawberry plants are still getting eaten by slugs :(. I just read about using coffee, so this is my next tactic.