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What can we do about the snails?

  • What can we do about the snails?

Look what the snails have done to our seedlings? They have very big teeth! What can we do to stop them eating our dinner?

Comments (10)

  1. Grower


    scatter around some slug pelets or ash or put out some beer traps

  2. Grower


    Put crushed egg shells around the base of the plant as they don't like crawling over it - good luck!

  3. Grower

    Geoff Hodge

    I always use a thin scattering of slug pellets.

  4. Grower


    Crushed sea shells scattered around the young plants might help. Available from good garden centres throughout the country.

  5. Grower

    Our Allotment

    Thank you. I think I'll try the seashells first as that could look quite nice as well. I've got some shells from our holiday last summer that my Dad can break up.

  6. Grower


    Can I just suggest that you wash the shells really thoroughly as the salt on them will not be good for your plants.

  7. Grower

    Gabrielle Sinclair

    There are 2 sorts of slug pellets that look quite similar, metaldehyde which are toxic to wildlife even if they have added a repellent to somewhat put off dogs I won't have it on the place, and ferric phosphate which is safe for wildlife and pets food crops and I use sparingly when needed. Plus the evening slug patrol.

  8. Grower

    Amanda CW

    I'm mad! Just planted 2 tobacco plants at the weekend and scattered gravel all around them but the little slimey crawley things went straight through it. I no longer have any plants left!!! Very, very cross.

  9. Grower

    Gabrielle Sinclair

    The more you hate slugs and snails the less you hate slug pellets… My mum has 2 large hostas which have about 3 yards of gravel between them and the next plant, and have been slug and snail free for years, but i think that is the amount of gravel you need to deter the little buggers, ditto eggshells, and I suspect coffee grounds just make them hyperactive and give them the munchies...

  10. Grower


    for past 5 years have found old electricity cable removed plastic cover and made thick plaits with wires. then put round plant in a circle, it works have tested by surrounding tomato plant and planted kale with no plait round it nearby, kale got eaten tomato not touched. NEVER use pellets.

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