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Author Topic: Sheep Wool Slug Guard  (Read 725 times)

Tristan_He

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Sheep Wool Slug Guard
« on: March 23, 2021, 11:01:56 AM »
Hi there, has anybody else tried this? I've been experimenting with it this spring and it seems to be quite effective (I know other things like coffee grounds are supposed to work as well, but I'm not convinced by these and supplies are patchy). So far I've used it on slug prone plants in the garden such as Fritillaria and Phyteuma, and it seems to prevent damage, even when something has started to be chewed (so I know the slugs have 'found' it). I've bought a large tub!

With the removal of metaldehyde slug pellets this is a welcome alternative and much greener - I'm not interested in killing slugs, only in stopping them eating my plants. It allegedly also breaks down slowly and acts as a feed as well.

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Re: Sheep Wool Slug Guard
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2021, 01:17:37 PM »
I've not tried it, as sadly I have a somewhat cynical nature and assumed the idea was promoted by wool producers with excess product on their hands but actually there is an interesting review here which indicates perhaps I should hold my cynicism...
https://www.slughelp.com/hair-wool-against-slugs-snails/

I was amused to see that he has only tried virgin sheep wool and wonder if the wool from sexually experienced sheep is less effective? Is controlling slugs the gardeners equivalent of taming unicorns??
Gail Harland
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Leena

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Re: Sheep Wool Slug Guard
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2021, 05:07:59 PM »
How interesting, I didn't know wool could prevent slugs and snails (more a problem for me than slugs). I can easily get my hands on wool, but I haven't heard of pellets here.
When I read the link Gail posted, it says there that wool is good only until it gets wet, but pellets should work even after rain.
Leena from south of Finland

Tristan_He

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Re: Sheep Wool Slug Guard
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2021, 01:08:06 PM »
Leena you can get pellets via eBay - some sellers will post to Finland.

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Re: Sheep Wool Slug Guard
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2021, 05:18:16 PM »
Thanks Tristan, but I think it would become too expensive with all the customs and such now:(.
Leena from south of Finland

 


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