Clodagh McKenna reveals tip for getting rid of slugs

Once they appear, slugs and snails can become extremely difficult to get rid of.

These insatiable pests can consume several times their own body weight in food in one day. That means a lot of damage to plants.

Snails and slugs can seem to appear out of nowhere at any time of the year, but especially when the weather is mild and damp.

Taking to the Gardening UK Facebook page, one woman said that she was struggling to keep slugs and snails away from her dahlias.

Gail Morgan said that she has already tried a whole host of slug and snail deterrents, but none have worked until now.

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The gardening enthusiast claimed that she has found a method that “actually works” – and it’s to use garlic water.

Gail wrote: “I have to share this win – I can confirm garlic water instantly repels and keeps the slugs and snails away!

“I have not been able to get my dahlias to grow at all this year, as soon as there was a shoot it was eaten. 

“Having a dog I needed pet-friendly options. I tried wool pellets, copper tape, gel, and midnight hunts but I could not get rid of them. I made a garlic water spray once a day and it worked brilliantly. I’m just so pleased it works.”

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Group members took to the comments to share their thought on this hack and many were in favour of it.

Michelle Kelly wrote: “Brilliant, this brings me much hope that the garlic spray I made earlier today will save my dahlias. I’ve lost so many already.”

Alex Duxbury said: “I think I read once that was what the gardeners use at Buckingham Palace to look after their gardens and keep pests away.”

Deborah Davies commented: “My Dad tried mixing garlic paste with water this year and watering his hostas with it and yes it worked.”

Karen Quinn said: “Garlic spray definitely helps on hostas but I hadn’t thought to try it on the dahlias. Thank you.”

Rose Gilbert replied: “I’ve been putting pine cones around my hydrangeas. Apparently will help keep blue as well as keep slugs off as it acts as mulch too. I think this has been working but I’m definitely going to try the garlic on the hostas. Someone else recommended this technique and it works for them too.”

Lucy Lu wrote: “Yes I have tried it too. It’s effective but needs sort of daily application.”

When asked about how to create this garlic spray, Gail said: “I’ve just used a saucepan of water to half a bulb of garlic, has worked wonders! Just put it into a spray bottle and spray when I water my plants.”

Garlic is super cheap to buy from supermarkets if households don’t already have some to hand. A single bulb of garlic can be picked up from Sainsbury’s for 24p or a pack of three comes in at 75p at Asda.

Gardening experts at Sienna Hosta also use garlic water as a “slug deterrent” in their nursery and suggest it be used once a week.

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