Forget the chemical club & Co., if you have a snail bug in the garden. By contrast, strive to maintain the ecological balance and look for environmentally friendly, sustainable solutions. These 10 simple snail remedies will help you. Take a look at them and decide which ones would be the best in your case. Of course, you could try all of them or just combine them together to make the effect even more effective.
Nudibranchs, in particular, are quite unpopular with amateur gardeners, as they feed the juicy perennials and vegetable leaves or the delicious, ripe strawberries greedily. Especially the so-called Spanish slug, which is relatively large and orange, plagues gardens and parks in this country and is a real challenge for agriculture. Although this has little natural enemies and is quite resistant to many home remedies, on the other hand, can be quite cause a lot.
Use only ecological remedies against snails!
An important note: The cute snails are actually harmless for your crops and perennials. They eat rather rotting green leaves and live in very small populations. They are even a natural enemy for the nudibranchs because they consume their eggs.
Slug snails are more likely to be treated as beneficials in the garden
# 1 Build natural inhibition thresholds
One of the most environmentally friendly means against snails is the construction of inhibition thresholds that prevent the slimy animals creeping into the perennial or vegetable beds. Especially suitable for such materials as nut shells, chippings, stone dust, wood shavings, sawdust, bark mulch, lava or lime. But even shattered eggshells can be used successfully for this.
Pour nutshells around your perennials or flowers
Eggshells are also a good nutrient enrichment for the soil in the garden
# 2 spice and medicinal plants in the garden
Another highly valued remedy against snails is the planting of such herbs, medicinal plants or poisonous plant species that drive the slugs thanks to their strong essential oils or spines. The best examples are rosemary, basil, coriander, lavender, thyme and yarrow, as well as leeks and garlic. Other flowers and plants against snails are: monkshood, foxglove, lily of the valley, pops, barnacles, sunbeam, red thistle, cranesbill, peonies, hydrangeas and ferns. Also Hauswurz, Fetthenne and other dickfleischige plants are quite unpopular with nudibranchs and are avoided by these always.
Benefit from the power of medicinal plants!
# 3 coffee grounds sells the snails
Coffee grounds and freshly ground coffee generally help very effectively against nudibranchs as well as ants and other unwanted insects and animals in the vegetable garden. Simply sprinkle the coffee grounds around the plants in the bed and create a natural barrier for the slimy invaders.
Coffee as a practical remedy against snails
# 4 Sea algae do not like snails
If you live close to the sea, you can collect seaweed and put it around the vegetable patch. Nudibrants hate the algae and make a bow around it. You can also disperse powdered algae in the garden. The salinity of the algae scares off the snails and their nutrients are good for the soil at the same time.
But do not overdo it to keep the soil in your garden from getting too salty
# 5 The controversial beer trap
Some hobby gardeners swear by beer when it comes to a slug trap. For this, a bowl full of beer is put into the ground and simply maintained. The strong beer smell attracts the snails and they drown in it. This method is not only aggressive and unpleasant for many, but rather counterproductive, because the beer will also attract a good deal of night snails from the neighboring gardens. In addition, many other insects and animals that are useful for the garden, such as wasps, bees and beetles, also drown in it.
Just as controversial as an environmentally friendly remedy against snails is the salt. Scattered on the nudibranchs, this leads to their agonizing death and at the same time salves the soil, which also damages most plants.
Think well before setting up a beer trap in the garden!
# 6 worm fence from the specialized trade
Such worm fences are usually made of smooth plastic or galvanized – also called screw plates. They are very handy if you want to surround individual vegetable beds. Also special lacquers for the bed borders help in the fight against night snails, because the slimy animals can not climb well on the smooth surface. The worm fences are usually buried about 10 cm deep in the ground and should protrude at least 20 cm above the ground. The sharp, outwardly bent edge is insurmountable to the snails.
# 7 Copper tape against snails: yes or no?
All snails, especially slugs, can not stand copper. The copper ions are harmful to the mollusks and they can even die from them. However, copper tape proves to be not particularly effective.
Hedgehogs are not only cute, but also very useful in the garden
# 8 Attract natural enemies
Hedgehogs, turtles, birds, Indian ducks and chickens are some of the most popular among the natural predators of nudibranchs. Birds can attract you through bird food or bird fountains, turtles usually come only in relatively remote gardens and are usually a matter of chance. The sweet hedgehogs often visit hobby gardens. If you offer the small, spiky friends enough hiding and hiding opportunities, then they stay there longer and take care of the slugs, which are a real treat for them.
For livestock such as chickens and running ducks, you should always ensure a welfare-appropriate attitude and if you do not necessarily want to breed them, then you can borrow the attitude times.
Extra tip: Tiger snails, also known as tiger snakes, are remarkable molluscs that like to eat the night snails and their larvae.
Minimize the stocks of snails by collecting eggs!
# 9 Pick up snail eggs
In late summer and autumn, the snails lay their eggs. Garden owners have to track down and pick them up. The favorite places for laying eggs are cracks and crevices, the area under the rain barrel or the planters and, in general, where it is moist and dark. The white snail eggs can either be discarded in the garbage can or left to rest. So they dry up in the sun or are fed by animals and birds.
Killing and destroying the animals themselves is not for everyone
# 10 The salad trap – if all else fails
And if none of the remedies has the desired results, then you can try it with the well proven DIY collection trap – the salad trap. Just put a few salad leaves under a wet sandbag. In the evening and also over night, many nudibranches gather on it and you can easily collect and throw them away. Do not dispose of them on the compost, but bring them into the great outdoors, far away from your garden.
The salad trap has been well proven as a remedy for snails
Above all, use environmentally friendly remedies against snails. Regular soil tillage, morning watering, and thorough hacking in the fall are additional methods that will help you.
We wish you lots of success and garden fun!