I’m a gardening expert – How a cheap DIY hack can help banish slugs from your plants for good | The Sun

A GARDENING expert has revealed that a cheap DIY hack using thrift store items can help stop slugs from munching on your plants.

Fans have recommended decorating a bowling ball or sphere with copper pennies.

Bowling balls can be bought from a thrift store for just a few dollars.

The spheres are known for their sturdiness and they shouldn’t be affected by the rain and heat, experts at Hometalk DIY say.

Slugs hate crawling over copper as the metal gives the pests a harmless electric shock.

Marji Roy and her husband David, who created the Ashbee Design blog, said they used around $3 worth of pennies designing their sphere while on a date night.

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They revealed that they used just shy of one-and-a-half ounces of super glue to stick the coins to the ball.

Super glue that’s UV resistant and waterproof can be bought in local hardware stores.

Marji and David left the sculpture to dry overnight and put it in the garden the following day. They said they hadn’t seen a slug yet.

Others have welded their design onto a structure as they created a garden decoration.

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Alternatively, penny balls can just be placed among flowerbeds.

Slugs are not the only pests gardeners will have to put up with this summer.

Swarms of ants may also attack your plants, but there’s a kitchen essential gardeners can use to get rid of the pesky insects.

Jeylea, the owner of the business Flourishing Plants, told the Express: “Black pepper acts as a natural antibacterial agent for plants.

“Biologically, it’s an essential spice and its secondary metabolites are used as insecticides and bacterial agents.”

Meanwhile, horticulture expert Tim Johnson has revealed how to remove grass from flowerbeds, allowing your plants to flourish.

In an article for The Chicago Tribune, he said: “Grass is difficult to eradicate once it gets established in the crowns of perennials and in beds of groundcover.”

One method, which is time-intensive but effective, is to start pulling up grass as soon as you see it.


The expert said that pulling up grass after a rain shower will make it easier to dislodge the roots.

A second option may be to remove the grant infestation from the root balls of plants.

Before you re-plant them, dig out the remaining grass.

You'll need to keep an eye out for new grass growth in the days and weeks after you do this.

Johnson encouraged gardeners to do this before the weather gets too warm.

He also recommended selective herbicides like Ornamec, which can be applied broadly over some plants to kill off the grass.

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The label should indicate if a selective herbicide is safe for your garden.

If you're extremely careful, you can also use a non-selective herbicide to patch-treat.

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