Hostas forum: Best Slug control

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Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Apr 30, 2012 7:47 AM CST
I had such a bad slug problem that was eating more hostas than the deer. I do not know if this will help some but it helped me.

I stay in a lot of hotels due to the job. I do not drink coffee but they have 2 bags in the room every day. I save the coffee and put it in the garden in March.

No Shredded wood mulch. I only use shredded fall leaves and groundcover plants. My favorite is Roxanne geranium and a plant that many hate but I love it...Bishop Weed.

Shredded leaves are birds' dream, I can see my shade garden from my bedroom window there are 10 to 15 birds in the garden eating the slugs every morning,

Doing these things have made my Hosta Garden Slug free. Not one bite.
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Apr 30, 2012 8:50 AM CST
Wow, sounds like good advice. Thumbs up I would do it just for the birds but if it gets rid of slugs it's a bonus! Hurray!

What is it about the shredded leaves that attract birds? How much coffee do you actually put out in spring? Do you sprinkle it around each plant? Green Grin!
Susan

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Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
May 20, 2012 9:38 AM CST
I sprinkle about 2 cups in a 15' x 10' area. Remember this is unused coffee.

People said it did not work for them because they were using grinds from Starbucks this has been used and the caffeine is washed out. It is the caffeine that paralyze them.
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
May 20, 2012 11:08 AM CST
Sounds Great! Green Grin! I can sure pick up some cheep coffee somewhere. I will get my husband to shred the leaves for now on. I wanted to do this before but I read some where that it would attract bad insects. Sad What a crock! Whistling
Susan

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ViolaAnn
May 20, 2012 12:09 PM CST
I'm afraid the only cheap coffee around is not fair trade coffee and I will no longer buy coffee unless it IS fair trade. I'm afraid this solution might be rather costly for a large garden.
Ann

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