By Marianne Binetti
Slugs and snails are Public Enemy Number One in my garden. They flock to beer, grapefruit rinds, damp newspaper, and other similar lures. But permit me to brag that their growth in my garden has been, well, sluggish,
Since I discovered Worry Free slug and snail bait, I no longer worry about hostas turned into lacework, seedlings disappearing overnight, and lettuce becoming ravaged.
Worry Free earned its name because the active ingredient is nontoxic to birds, people and pets. So you can sprinkle the small, white pellets around your most tender plants without anxiety.
Worry Free also is the only bait that doesn’t leave a trail of slime or dead slugs for me to find in the morning. At first I thought it must not be working -- where were the dead slugs? But now I know: The active ingredient causes the slippery critters to lose their appetite, so they just crawl back under the rocks where they came from and starve, away from public view.
Another slime-fighting tip is to declare certain areas slug-free zones. I grow slug-resistant plants with thick, hairy or gray foliage in most of my garden and group the “slug candy” so I can bait the slugs in as small a space as possible. This way it is easier to keep the hostas, lettuce, and lobelia slug-free, and the rest of the garden worry-free.
What are your favorite slug-busting tips?