Hardly anyone hates snails, primarily because of the cute antennas and interesting houses. However, once they enter your garden and your vegetables appeal to their taste buds, you’re likely to change your mind quickly.
Although agricultural pharmacies offer a large number of preparations that kill snails with certainty, their suppression should still be attempted with natural means in order to preserved beneficial insects, as well as the balance and biodiversity of the microhabitat itself. In this article, we bring you 10 natural ways that you can combine according to the state of the garden.
1. Let natural predators do the work
Since invasive species are no fun, we shouldn’t play around with introducing new species into the habitat, unless they are already naturally present. In other words, you can encourage and encourage natural predators to “clean” your garden, which are already nearby and for which snails are food. E.g, birds they like snails, and you can attract them with a simple installation with bathing water. Also ducks, chickens and turtles they like snails. You can let these animals clean the soil before planting. The garden would have to be fenced off, so you could let them out around the garden to keep the snails under control.
2. Catch them in a hidden trap
If you are a person who literally does not want to step on an ant, the trap and release model away from the garden can be one of the solutions. Snails (especially slugs) like to they hide in dark and damp places, then place a damp piece of wood or planks near the potential hot spot. They will hide there after spending the night devouring your garden. In the morning, pick up and pick up everyone who has been hiding and release them wherever you want.
3. Make a beer trap
This is a harsher version of the trap because it leads to the death of the snail, but if you are desperate, here is an explanation of how this trap works. Dig an open container so that the edge of the container is at ground level and pour a few cm of beer into it. Snails will dive into this one a shallow pool of beer and die there. Check the trap every morning and clean it if necessary.
You can crush the eggshells around the snails’ favorite plant. Sharp edges of scales are very unpleasant for the soft body of the snail. They will decompose later, so you will also feed the soil.
5. Use coffee juice
Snails exactly they don’t like the smell of coffee. You can sprinkle coffee juice around the plants, alone or in combination with eggshells. However, do not overdo it because the coffee will acidify the soil.
6. Sprinkle sand around the plants
Sand works similar to eggshell, it’s just even more unpleasant, because it’s about countless tiny pieces that stick into the tender body of the snail. It sure will avoid places where there is sandand the sand will retain moisture around the plant.
7. Pay extra attention to plants that attract snails
Plants that snails adore are basil, beans, cabbage, dahlias, hosta, lettuce, marigold, strawberries and many more. Simply, pay attention to these plants to see if they have been bitten and if they have slime left behind by the snail.
8. Plant plants that repel snails
Be sure to include plants in your garden that snails do not want to approach. Snails do not like strong smells, so they don’t like lavender, rosemary, begonia and sage. Again, these aren’t the only plants with strong scents. Snails also do not like ferns, cyclamen, hydrangea, California poppies.
9. Plant sacrificial plants
One of the solutions can be strategic placement of plants that snails adore to draw them to that side. Simply, you have prepared meals for them concentrated in one place that will attract them and keep them away from your important part of the garden. These are the so-called sacrificial plants or decoy plants.
10. Making your garden an inhospitable place
As we said at the beginning, snails like dark and damp places. Regular maintenance of the garden can reduce the number of places that will serve as hiding places for them.
In early spring and during the summer, be sure to inspect your garden, remove remaining leavesdo not use for mulching large pieces of wood or apply mulch thicker than 2-3 cm. As snails like moisture, plants are best water in the morning so that the water could evaporate and that no suitable hiding places would be created near the food source, where they can take shelter after an evening visit to the garden.
Source: Tree Hugger
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