You Bet Your Garden

Controlling Slugs and Using Grass Clippings Wisely


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’Tis the season for slugs to do their ravenous damage to your plants overnight. On this week’s You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath gives the lowdown on suppressing those often-unseen slimers. Plus: the only proper place for your grass clippings; and your fabulous phone calls!

Questions of the Week:

My wife and I have always composted our lawn clippings, but recently moved and our new backyard backs up to a golf course (with a creek and about five yards of wooded area in between). The previous owner says that the lawn is untreated, but the golf course obviously treats their turf heavily. Will we be able to continue to compost our clippings, despite the potential for run-off and cross contamination?
—Evan in Philadelphia, PA


Do you have any expert advice on how to control slugs? They have eaten the beans I planted, killed my flowers and are now on my basil leaves. I put a pie plate of saltwater out, but fear the problem will just get worse thru the summer as the veggies grow. Is there any commercial product I should be using around the garden?
—Deanna in Eastern Montgomery County (near Philadelphia)

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