Protecting ornamentals from damage

Ornamentals, or garden plants, can be ravaged by slugs and snails, especially in the spring after a mild winter, this is when these pests are most active and the tender shoots of young seedlings are most susceptible.

It can be tempting to go over the top in spreading slug pellets in generous quantities into each and every corner of your flower beds. However, this approach is misconceived.

The GROWRIGHT campaign has been created to promote responsible slug control, encouraging users of slug pellets to use only the right amount, in the right place at the right time.

There are several ways of avoiding plant damage in your garden through strategic planting or cultural control. Slug pellets are not the only option.

GROWRIGHT gardening expert Phil McCann offers his advice in our series of short videos.

You can find lists of susceptible and slug resistant plants here. Or go to the RHS website.