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Snails

Snails

At some point, you will have to contend with snails in your vegetable garden and flower gardens.  Use these simple tricks to slay snails on your container plantings and gardens


What Are Snails

Snails in the garden

Snails are soft-bodied mollusks with a hard outer shell. The coloring varies from dark gray to orange.

The critters are active during the late night and early morning hours and hide in the moist soil during daylight hours.


Have Both Male & Female Parts

Snails have both male and female reproductive parts. Each snail can lay up to 300 eggs at a time but it takes another snail to fertilize the eggs.


Damage They Do

Hosta that has a snail infestation

Just like their mollusk side-kicks slugs they love to eat holes in leaves and leave behind a trail of slime.


Garden Plants They Love

Although not a comprehensive listing, the plants below are the most common garden plants to find the critter on.

Lettuce

Beans

Tomato

Cabbage

Flower Garden Finds That They Enjoy

Hostas

Marigolds

All Lily Varieties

Violets of Every Variety

Taming Snails


Trouble With Hostas?

Hostas are extremely easy to grow and add visual appeal to flower beds. They are hardy plants that look wonderful in any season. There is one garden pest that feels the same appeal toward hostas as we do. The slug. Here are some ideas for slug prevention of hostas.

Have your hosta leaves seen better days? If you have holes in the leaves, then try your hand at making your own hole prevention formula using ammonia and water.


Trouble With Flowerpots?

Slay Slugs and Snails

If you have issues with the slimy suckers in your flower pots try this trick. Coat the outside rims of flower pots and container gardens with petrolem jelly.  By do so, it prevents the mollasks from reaching your plants to damage them.

 


Try Copper Tape

Copper tape is excellent if you have raised beds and flowers pots. You can wrap the tape around anything. It is non-toxic and doesn’t produce any chemicals.

Snails do not like to cross this tape.

It gives off a discomforting sensation that they do not like when their slime secretions come in contact with the tape. Making the insects turn the other way. Saving your plants from their destruction.

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Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth is an excellent choice for plant protection.  You can use the product around vegetable and flower gardens.  

Spread a protection barrier around the plant that needs protection.

The soft bodied mollusk will cross the barrier and pick up the powder.  The powder that is absorbed through the body will dry out your nasty little pest.

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