The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

West Yorkshire, United Kingdom Gb

Could i put salt around my sunflowers to stop slugs before i can get out to buy slug pellets? what do i do with the eaten leaves, pull them off? thank u :o(



No, don't put salt on the soil, its not good for plants, though it will deter slugs. Not much point though if the cure for slugs kills off your plants too...

8 Jun, 2012


How big are your Sunflowers Leighleigh, if they are not too big you might be able to put plastic collars made from old drink bottles to protect them. I did this but I put the collars on as i planted the seed and I took them of about three weeks ago, haven't had a problem with slugs as the leaves are to high and the stalk to rough for the slugs to nosh on. Hope this helps!

8 Jun, 2012


Ok thanks bamboo, no salt then.
Jenny-they are about 7inch at a guess, its all this rain! they were doing so well! Thats a great idea, do you mean a 2litre or like a small bottle half including the bit you drink from then the leaves coming out of the top? yeh i think that would work-with vaseline round it too? i read that in a book they dont like that. i have bark chip mulch round them too. :o)

8 Jun, 2012


Agree with jenny you could also get some copper tape to wrap around the plastic collars this willkeep them away.

8 Jun, 2012


Leigh. I found in my garden that the bark mulch was doubling up as a slug hotel. There were lots of the blighters hiding underneath! I don't know if others found this problem

8 Jun, 2012


Yes, the 2ltr bottles are best, just cut the top and bottom off and use the middle bit.

9 Jun, 2012


steveg- where could i find some of this copper tape?
Scottish-yes i heard too that they love the bark chips, just didnt think quick enough to catch them!
thanks jenny im sure i can dig some bottles out of the recycling bin! :o)

9 Jun, 2012


Wilkos sell it and also garden centres

9 Jun, 2012


For a much cheaper versionof copper tape, go down the route of copper scourers................... unravel and either pull off sections to put round the base of your plants or snip off 1 -2" lengths and put over your plant and down round the base like a copper collar.

9 Jun, 2012


Thanks steveg, i like the sound of the scourers lol thats a great idea. ive put the bottler round them for now and wil add scourers to my shopping list! great stuff! thanks all

12 Jun, 2012

How do I say thanks?

Answer question

Related photos

  • They get EVERYWHERE!
  • Coming or going?
  • Caterpiller of the Pale Tussock Moth.
  • Just call me Jimmy

Related blogs


Related questions

Not found an answer?