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Using Sweet Gum Balls for Slug Protection


I read the tip in the master gardener book “Untangled” about using the prickly balls from sweet gum trees around hosta to prevent slug damage. But if I do that am I planting sweet gum trees in my garden? Aren’t the balls seeds? - Wild Child -


  1. 1 year ago

    Interesting question. The tiny seeds are actually inside the sweet gum balls, but the balls themselves are not the seeds. You may often see Black-capped Chickadees picking on the sweetgum tree balls when they are still on the tree. By the time the balls have fallen, the chances of having viable seed are probably low, although certainly possible. If a seed or two did germinate, the small seedling would be easy to spot and pull up. Carole Johnson County Extension Master Gardener

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