Here is one on a special request from a friend. She has a lot of snails in her garden ruining her plants and she asked how she could deal with the problem efficiently.
Slugs and snails are typically found in most of the garden and they are definitely not your friends when it comes to your favourite plants. They are considered garden pests and if you don’t get rid of them quickly they might damage your plants even before you knowing it. Let’s discuss 15 ways how to get rid of them.
- Create a beer trap
When it comes to alcohol, humans and slugs are all same. Place a bowl or bucket of cheap beer and leave it overnight. The smell of alcohol will attract the slugs where they will become intoxicated by the alcohol, fall in and drown. This trap only works within a short radius so this method is better reserved for gardeners working on small patches. Watch this video.
If you aren’t keen on wasting perfectly good beer on your garden snails and slugs, you can also make similar traps using grape juice or water mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of yeast and a tablespoon of sugar.
- Introduce Beneficial Bugs
There are some good bugs who can help you get rid of your enemy snails in your garden. They are natural predators like ground beetles, toads, turtles, and birds. All you need to do is to attract them to your garden by taking certain measures. But be careful not to let your chicken and ducks be left alone there as they might do the same things to your garden like snails do. If you have a pond in your backyard then it may help to have some frogs around.
- Use Companion Plants
There are certain plants that deter slugs and snails. An effective way to deter the slugs and snails from roaming your garden is to grow these plants around and in-between your valuable crop. Plants you may want to consider include: hydrangeas, lavender, sage, yucca, creeping thyme, rosemary, mints, fennel, parsley and basil, freesias, daylilies, azaleas, foxglove, tansy, hibiscus.
You can use copper tape or wires around the perimeter of your garden. Copper repels snails due to a reaction between the metal and the mucous (or slime) produced by the snail as it moves. This sends the snail an unpleasant electro-neural signal, which basically feels like an electric shock.
Sprinkle crushed egg shells
This is a very effective way to repel snails and slugs. Just sprinkle crushed egg shells on the earth surrounding the vulnerable plants. The egg shells have sharp edges which feel unpleasant under the snails’ soft bodies, so they will avoid climbing over them to get to the plants. Egg shells are natural fertilizer and extremely good for your plants.
Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth is basically the fossilized remains of sea organisms (in powder form). Slugs and snails don’t like it. The powder may feel like flour to us but they are sharp when you look at it on a microscopic level. Any slugs or snails that come in contact with the powder can eventually dehydrate and die. Keep in mind, however, that the powder isn’t effective when wet so you have to be somewhat strategic about applying it.
Use hiding Place Traps
Slugs love to take shelter under certain objects like wooden planks, stones, and newspaper. You csn use these objects in and around your garden in a clever way leaving it overnight. During the night slugs and snails are most active. By the next morning, you should have plenty of slugs and snails chilling in your makeshift shelter. The next step is to simply scrape them off and discard them.
Apply Vinegar Spray
Vinegar solution can be an effective home remedy to get rid of slugs and snails. Just mix two tablespoon of vinegar in a litre of water and make a spray out of it. Whenever you see snails, you can use it on them. Make sure you don’t get any of the solution on the plants themselves.
Set up a Grapefruit Trap
Slugs love grapefruits. Cut the grapefruit in halves and keep the good portion for you to consume. Once all the goodies have been taken out, leave the grapefruit halves in your garden overnight. The next morning, you will see some snails and slugs inside it. May be you can spray some vinegar solution on them.
Studies have shown that coffee is extremely effective at repelling and killing snails and slugs, It can be used in one of two ways:
You can coffee with hot water, cool it down and make a spray out of it and use it to spray on plants, leaves, soil and even the snails themselves.
Alternatively, you can sprinkle coffee grounds around the base of the plants you wish to protect from snails. This will also help to enrich the soil as coffee is a natural fertilizer and good for your plants.
Change your watering schedule
In case you are watering your plants late afternoon, change the schedule and start watering in the morning. Snails most actively move around during night and they prefer a moist earth, as it is easier for them to travel over and they can move faster.
Simply by changing your watering schedule, you will ensure that the soil is slightly dried out by the time night falls.
This makes it much harder for the snails to get around, and can actually reduce their presence by up to 80%.
Frequently till the soil
Frequent tilling of the soil around your plants and flower beds using a rake or cultivator fork will kill off any snail eggs in the soil. By doing this you can significantly reduce future snail populations and frequent tilling is good for your plants.
Clear any debris from under plants
Snails like to hide in any nooks and crannies they can find, so clear away debris from underneath plants and flowers. This will leave the snails more exposed, and therefore less inclined to make a home there.
Use landscaping materials
You can use landscaping materials like wood chips, gravel and sand are very useful in discouraging snails to come near your plants. It is difficult for snails to climb over these things and can deter them from making a home in your garden.
Use other deterrents
Also you can use other repellents like powdered ginger, talcum powder, ashes from burnt wood or lime. Lint from a clothes dryer can be used to deter snails, in addition to animal hair or fur.
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