How to install copper wire mesh around plants?

by Betty

What type of stakes to use with 5 inch copper wire mesh?

  5 answers
  • Suzette Suzette on Mar 22, 2019

    Hi Betty, Sounds like you're having trouble with snails! Copper does work pretty well, but you shouldn't let the copper get near the stems of your plants.

    A tip if you are plagued with snails, they hate coarse sand!

    Here's a link for the different types of stakes you can use:

    Good luck!

  • William William on Mar 22, 2019

    If you are having a problem with slugs or snails....

    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.

  • William William on Mar 22, 2019

    Get some stiff wire or coat hangers. Bend 12" piece of wire into a "U". stick it in the ground straddling the copper mesh.

  • Scafool Scafool on Mar 23, 2019

    I would suggest wood stakes. They are cheap, they are organic, and you can get them any size you like. If there are any places doing woodwork near you they likely throw away lots of fairly thin rips that came off solid pieces of lumber.