How to Stop Slugs and Snails

How to Stop Slugs and Snails

At Elmwood Nursery & Garden Centre, we understand the frustration of seeing your hard work in the garden destroyed by slugs and snails. These slimy critters can quickly turn a thriving garden into a feast for their appetites. But fear not, there are several effective methods to protect your plants without causing harm to these creatures. Here are some humane, organic, and pest control tips to keep slugs and snails at bay.

Stopping garden pests without pesticides

  • Beer Traps: Slugs and snails are attracted to the scent of beer. By sinking a shallow dish or container into the soil and filling it with beer, you can create a trap for these pests. They will crawl in for a drink and become trapped. Remember to check and empty the traps regularly.
  • Copper Barriers: Slugs and snails dislike crossing copper surfaces due to a reaction between their slime and the metal. Placing copper tape or strips around the base of pots or raised beds can create a barrier that deters them from reaching your plants.

Organic Approaches to slugs and snails

  • Diatomaceous Earth: This natural powder is made from fossilized algae and works by absorbing the moisture from slugs and snails, ultimately leading to their dehydration and demise. Sprinkle a layer around the base of plants or create a perimeter barrier to protect your garden beds.
  • Coffee Grounds: Used coffee grounds not only enrich the soil with nitrogen but also act as a repellent for slugs and snails. Scatter coffee grounds around susceptible plants to create a deterrent barrier. Additionally, the acidity of coffee grounds can deter these pests.

Elmwood products for snails and slugs

  • Slug and Snail Pellets: There are various slug and snail pellets available on the market that contain iron phosphate, a substance that is harmless to pets and wildlife but lethal to slugs and snails. Scatter these pellets sparingly around the garden, following the manufacturer's instructions carefully.

Come visit us in Bristol to help you stop garden pests

With these tips and methods, you can protect your plants from the voracious appetites of slugs and snails while maintaining a healthy and thriving garden ecosystem. Whether you prefer humane, organic, or pest control solutions, there are options available to suit your preferences and gardening practices. Visit Elmwood Nursery & Garden Centre for a wide range of products and expert advice to keep your garden pest-free and flourishing. Happy gardening!