Asked on Sep 11, 2019

How can I keep snails out of my garden?



I have a lot of snails 🐌 in my garden and need something to take care

4 answers
  • Cindy
    on Sep 11, 2019

    Hello Jose. I'm Cindy. Put down broken up egg shells or spread out used coffee grounds. Both will help eliminate snails.

  • Betsy
    on Sep 11, 2019

    Hi Jose: Here are a couple of sites that may help:

    You can also pour old coffee onto the ground, they're not fond of coffee. The grounds work, but coffee works better. However, if you see a snail, you have to drench the snail for it to die, so make sure you spray it a lot. Make your own coffee spray by brewing a pot of coffee, then letting it cool. Put the coffee in a spray bottle to use around your garden or home.

    Good luck

  • William
    on Sep 12, 2019

    Sink a few bowls or plates in the ground level with the surface. Fill the bowls/plates with (cheap) beer. The yeast attracts the slugs. They drink their fill and drown. Not their sorrows

    Anything you can make it uncomfortable for the slugs/snails to crawl on will deter them. A combination of solutions from everyone here should take care of them.

    Broken nutshells work in the same way as egg shells when getting rid of slugs. Break up the nutshells into small pieces, and create a protective barrier around your plants. Any slugs that come near your vegetables will soon turn the other way.

    Crushed egg shells work as a great home remedy of slugs. This is because slugs don’t like moving across sharp objects, although it isn’t not impossible for them to do, they just prefer not to. Break up the empty egg shells into small(ish) pieces and place around the flowers, plants, vegetables, and fruits you want to keep safe from slug damage.

    Ash and Cinders make a rough protective barrier, and the fine ash also acts as a desiccant that dries the slug out. Wood ash and cinders are preferable. Avoid direct contact with plants.

    Grit and Gravel. The sharp rasping edges of finely crushed ‘horticultural grit’ makes an excellent slug barrier. Coarser gravel is largely ineffective, other than for decorative purposes.

    Sandpaper. Cut rings of sandpaper and slip them round the stems of vulnerable plants.

    Sawdust makes a good coarse barrier around tender plants, also acting as a desiccant that dries the slug out. Hardwood sawdust is most effective, and some people recommend cedar or oak.

    Copper Rings or Discs. Solid copper rings/discs of various diameter, used to encircle single or small groups of plants to inflict a mild electric shock on the unsuspecting slug. Look for rings that clip together. These are easy to slip round established plant stems, or join together to form a larger barrier.

  • J
    on Sep 16, 2019

    Beer in flat saucer pushed down into bed. I buy the cheap beer on sale just for this!!

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