There’s nothing worse than investing in planting in Flintshire only for your newly planted beds to be ravaged by slugs, or for weeds to start popping up on your carefully manicured lawn.

Most of us accept that chemical solutions are bad for the environment and would rather use an eco-friendly alternative, but are they as effective?

The good news is that there are a number of non-chemical ways of keeping your plants safe from pests and of preventing weeds from growing. The Telegraph recently highlighted some of the top options.

When it comes to slugs and snails, the newspaper revealed that a study by Which? Gardening found that organic slug pellets are just as effective as their metaldehyde counterparts. The advice is to use them sparingly, only around the plants that actually need protecting rather than across the whole garden, and to avoid putting the pellets right next to your plants.

Another option if you’d rather not kill the mini beasts is to invest in a slug and snail barrier – there are various options on the market that stop slugs and snails getting close to your plants while feeding the ground and nurturing your plants in the process.

When it comes to weeds, the newspaper stresses that physically weeding your beds is the best way to control growth. But if you’re investing in a new bed, fitting a high-quality weed block fabric is worthwhile.

But before you start pulling up all the weeds in your garden, you may want to listen to Monty Don, who wrote for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine last month that gardeners should “allow a little gentle disorder” and leave the likes of dandelions in their lawns as bees need these native plants for nectar.