Do Slugs Eat Grass?

If you are planning on planting a new lawn you might be wondering if slugs will be a problem, or perhaps you have noticed a few bare patches on your grass and your wondering whether slugs might be to blame. Do slugs even eat grass? Let’s have a look and find out.

Do Slugs Eat Grass
Do Slugs Eat Grass

So, Do Slugs Eat Grass?

Slugs won’t eat fully grown grass but they will happily munch on both grass seed and young seedlings.

So we know that your lawn is safe from slugs, as long as it is established. But if you are seeding a new lawn or trying to fill some patches then slugs could be a problem.

They will eat both the seeds before they germinate and the little seedlings that come after they have germinated. So if your new lawn seeds just don’t seem to be growing then maybe they are getting gobbled up by slugs.

If you think slugs could be a problem with your grass seed or seedlings then below I have some handy methods to combat slug problems. Give them a read and decide what works best for you.

How to deal with slugs

01.

Slugs Pellets

The classic way to kill off slugs and it does work, there are however drawbacks.

Firstly the little blue pellets aren’t safe to have around if you have pets or young children who might digest them accidentally.

Next, there is the fact that they may be harmful to slugs’ natural predators like hedgehogs who eat slugs killed by pellets, therefore, ingesting the poison themselves.

And then there is the mess they leave, lots of dead slugs on the surface of your garden with nasty trails everywhere.

02.

Nematodes

This is a natural and organic way to kill slugs. There are all kinds of nematodes, which are tiny little creatures that live in your soil, some of these nematodes kill slugs.

This is completely natural and is what happens in your soil all the time. By adding nematodes you are just increasing the number of the slug killing type.

One of the advantages of this method aside from the fact you don’t have to use poison is that part of the way the nematodes kill the slugs makes them burrow into the ground before dying, so no nasty dead slugs lying around!

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03.

Torch & Bucket

The manual method, and as is often the case with the manual method, this is very effective but time-consuming. Wait until dark and go out into the garden with a torch, some gloves and a bucket and start collecting slugs.

This is best done on a damp night after heavy rain as then the slugs will be everywhere, happy hunting!

04.

Slug Traps

You can set up traps to capture slugs and then dispose of them how you wish. There are lots of different ways to do this but one of the more popular ones is a beer trap.

With a beer trap, you set a container, usually a plastic tub of some kind, level with the surface of the soil. You want it level with the surface so slugs can easily get into it but you want the bottom to be deep, so they can’t get out.

You then fill the bottom with some beer, which slugs adore, and leave it. The slugs will make their way into the trap and either drown or be waiting there come morning for you to get rid of them.

One downside to this apart from all the slug carcases you will be getting rid of is that the beer is so potent that it can apparently attract slugs up to 200 meters away and therefore bring even more slugs into your garden than were there before!

Daniel

Daniel

Hey, I'm Daniel. Having worked as a professional gardener for years as well as keeping a private allotment I decided to create this website to help spread my knowledge. I love gardening and hope to show you just how rewarding it can be!

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