No matter how big or small is your garden snails can be a real problem and some solutions to help you get rid of snails are welcome.
You can get rid of snails with all kinds of synthetic chemicals, which you can buy them from phyto-sanitary pharmacies. The chemicals are a solution for large gardens or cultivated areas, but obviously, are toxic and not recommended for the garden around the house, where everyone wants a clean and healthy environment. On the other hand snails can be a big problem because both destroy the vegetable and flower culture.
Snails, especially slugs are among the most common pests and a garden without chemicals is an area that snails adore, and their attacks can be devastating.
Strategy to help you get rid of snails involves prevention then their destruction. Grass mowing, removing compost heaps and the areas where water plashes is the first step. You always have to keep away compost from the flowers and vegetables area.
The second part involves combating and preventing snails to conquer the garden and it involves making certain thorny barrier materials, organic or inorganic. The best are sawdust, eggshells and nuts, and sand. Circle the flower area with sand or finely chopped straw barrier. Mowing the grass, so as to remain rough and sharp prevent snails to drag along the garden.
Some strong-smelling substances can keep snails away from flowers and crops. Effective are coffee grounds, cinnamon and pepper mixed with sand. Chili tea is also a good solution. Prepare a concentrate chili tea and water (5-6 chopped chilies to one liter of water). Simmer the tea with lid on the pot well placed for about 5 minutes. Leave it to cool and spray around the places you want to protect from slugs or snails. Use a spray and cover your nose and mouth with a mask and wear goggles. It’s preferable to do this operation if it doesn’t rain. Appears to be effective and mugwort tea, lavender (very focused), ginger and horseradish raw, chopped and scatter it among flowers.
Another solution to get rid of snails is pine needles mixed with sawdust or sand.
Some people say that wood ash, slaked lime and mulch made from stems and strong smelling plant leaves, like wormwood and mint sends snails away.
All these “treatments” are repeated from time to time alternative, especially the day after rain, when snails are most active. Obviously, “victims” must be collected and discarded.
Also another preventive measure is to use copper strips, placed in snail’s path but also copper wires, coiled around the threatened plants.
Ants, garden snakes, birds, turtles and hedgehogs garden are natural enemies of snails and their presence in the garden can help you get rid of snails. Especially birds are a trusted ally.
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