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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Gardeners slug it out with pesky mollusks

 

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

A brown slug munches on a leaf outside the compost bin at the community garden. Slugs can be good and bad for gardens, as they'll clean up animal waste and dead or dying matter. However, they also like vegetation and can devastate a garden.

Whether brown, yellow, black or spotted like a leopard, slugs all have one thing in common: They can devastate a garden.

Growers in Wrangell have many suggestions on what works to control the slimy mollusks, but they all agree it comes down to garden maintenance.

"Slugs are actually a good creature. They're the cleanup crew of the forest," said Kim Wickman, IGAP technician with the Wrangell Cooperative Association and board member with the Wrangell Community Garden. "They clean up all the things that are dead or dying on the forest floor. Then, of course, as they break it down, it turns int...



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