Here at AttractiveGarden.com we strive to provide people humane and environment-friendly ways to control garden pests.
Slugs and snails are one of the most common pests that troubles people’s gardens. They ruin plants and crops. And they’re not really beneficial to one’s garden.
Here are some simple, humane and environment-friendly ways on how to repel them:
If you mix chopped up seaweed in your garden mulch, it’ll automatically repel slugs and snails from your plants. There’s something about seaweed that slugs and snails don’t like. It is also a plus that seaweed is good mulch material. Seaweed is not easily accessible to everyone but if you know someone who works near the beach you can get these for free. Because you’ll be able to find seaweed on the shore. Also, if you happen to live near a beach this is a good alternative than settling for chemical and poisonous pest control concontions.
Thin copper sheets cut into small pieces, are also good slug and snail repellant. Copper sheets can be purchased in most hardware shops and it is not really expensive.
Place the cut up copper sheets around your plants and once a snail or slug crawls over it, the sheets will send some electric shocks. The electric shocks won’t kill the slugs and snails, but it is enough to not make them want to go back there.
You can also use some small copper clips instead. You can buy these clips in an office/school supply store.
Eggshells are double purpose. They provide fertilisation on the earth you’re planting your plants in and also repels snails and slugs. The snails’ and slugs’ underbodies are very delicate. So the sharp edges of the eggshells really gives them some pain. That pain is enough for them to not go back or go near that area again. It is also a very big plus that eggshells are really easy to obtain. Very environmental friendly too.
Wood Chips and Gravel
These have the same effect like the eggshells. But unlike eggshells, wood chips and gravel can make your garden look nice and presentable.
Wood chips are easily accessible. You can find sacks of wood chips in gardening supply stores. Available in different quantities and colors.
Like wood chips, you can also easily buy gravel in different quantities in gardening supply stores or hardware stores or sections. Also available in different colors and sizes.
Chickens and Ducks
If you want to go with an ecosystem approach. Chickens and ducks are slugs’ and snails’ natural predators. If you are fine with this method, you should go ahead and go with this route. This is actually quite beneficial. Chickens and ducks lay eggs, you can also breed them and they can also act as your pesticides. This is not really a humane method, but it is more of ecosystem-friendly and environmental friendly at the same time.
There are a lot of other options than going the poisonous or chemical-based pesticides. These methods can be easily done, so choose one that fits you the best.