KEEPING your garden nice and tidy is a difficult job as it is – and snails and slugs don't make it any easier.
Luckily, gardening expert Monty Don has revealed his top tricks on how gardeners can keep their garden snail and slug-free, including a genius beer hack.
In a video on the Gardeners’ World website, Monty shared top tips to make sure these unwelcome guests don't cause damage throughout the year.
He said: “Nothing will do more to cope with slugs and snails than a really healthy ecosystem in your garden.
“So if you can make a pond, that does a huge amount of good.
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“It attracts frogs and toads.
''Lots of hedges, shrubs and trees that attracts blackbirds and thrushes.
“All of these things eat slugs and snails,'' he explained.
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According to the expert, gardeners may also want to consider what plants they have if they wish to deter slugs and snails.
Monty explained that damaged or young plants are often what attract them.
''Healthy plants growing strongly tend not to be attacked,.” he added.
In the video, the Gardening God also shared a section of his garden with viewers that he tries to keep slug and snail-free.
Monty said: “It’s got hard surfaces.
''We use gravel which is dry and abrasive and they don’t like that.
“We put down the occasional beer trap.”
Beer traps, he went on to add, are often used by gardeners who have a recurring problem with these guests.
Slugs and snails are found to be attracted to the yeasty odours of beer and will drown in it.
As well as using methods to kill slugs and snails, Monty also recommended having a look under plant pots and containers to check for them.
This, according to him, should be done once a week in order to avoid too many appearing all over the garden.
Monty added: “I suppose the moral is, put your energy into a slug free zone which can be quite small – just a couple of feet by a couple of feet.
“Use that to protect plants that really need it.”
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