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