Slugs can be the worst pest in the West in times such as these, after rainy spells. Ewwww! Slugs rank among the garden's most disgusting creatures, but more than being plain icky, slugs destroy gardens. If your gardens got lots of rain recently and your plants show signs of something chomping on leaves, slugs might have invaded your garden.
Denver's weather pattern returned to monsoon rains typical in earlier years, helping to alleviate Stage 2 drought conditions. Front Range gardens and grassy lawns appear lush, yet the moist conditions are conducive to slugs. Slugs can wipe out your plants in a hurry. Yet you need not resort to heavy duty toxic chemicals to control slugs.
Do you have some salt in the kitchen? Do you have a grapefruit? A musk melon? Some chop sticks?
These links include tips for dealing quickly, easily, and organically--though ruthlessly--with slugs in your garden.
Slugs: worst pest in the West
Also, be sure to check the bottoms of your flower pots or window boxes to make sure slugs aren't inching their way into your container gardens.
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