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 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
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.
Flower Garden Finds That They Enjoy
Trouble With 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?
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 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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