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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