Slug Necklace

Posted by @Bonehead on
Pennies glued to a cardboard collar, to deter both slugs and weeds.

It is said that slugs dislike crawling over copper, and cardboard is a good weed barrier. I have been battling the slugs turning my ligularia into swiss cheese (not a good look when my main draw to this plant is the gorgeous foliage), so I am trying a new tactic this year. I found an appropriate-sized bowl that fit nicely over my plant, and used that as the inside diameter on a piece of cardboard. I then simply measured out about 5" and drew another line. Cutting would be easier with an exacto knife, but I just used kitchen shears. I then glued pennies all around the collar, beginning at the inside and working my way around. Again, I used what was on hand (Elmer's), and I'm not really sure how that will hold up outside. I let it all sit overnight and then placed it around Ligularia 'The Rocket' and Leopard Plant (Ligularia dentata 'Othello') (even harder hit by slugs; not sure why), tucking it down into the dirt so there is not a slug pathway under the cardboard. I plan to also spray inside the cardboard and around the emerging plants with a weak ammonia mix, as recommended by others as a slug deterrent. I'm hoping this will do the trick. Meanwhile, I kind of like the look: rather like the plant is wearing a crown or necklace. Most of it will be hidden as the plant gets taller.

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Comments and discussion:
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Slugs and Snails by glennsanada Jul 6, 2016 11:35 PM 2
Instead of cardboard .... by beckygardener Jun 2, 2014 2:23 PM 22
A quick note on how much copper is in a penny by Xeramtheum May 31, 2014 5:16 AM 4
Clever idea! by lovemyhouse May 30, 2014 9:00 PM 8
My Answer to Slugs and Snails by midnight21 May 27, 2014 6:58 AM 1
slug necklace by texaskitty111 May 25, 2014 6:08 PM 0



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