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.
By Angela Smith
June/July 2009
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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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After years of trial and error with methods to keep slugs from eating my vegetable garden plants, I finally discovered a workable slug repellent. The discovery was an accident: I was sitting on the ground under a tree and leaned back on my hand — ouch! The dry, sharp pine needles poked into my palm.

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

Angela Smith
Duluth, MN









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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.








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