Snail Problems in the Garden

Snail Problems in the Garden

Snails can be more damaging than slugs! They like the juicy leaves of lush plants and can consume many times there own weight in green matter from your favorite plants.
The only thing snails do not do slowly is eat at a snails pace!

Snails

Snail Problems

  • Snails can climb, so stems and stalks are at risk at least as a means of transport to the best feeding station.
  • Snails are keen on juicy, fleshy, water rich plants and less keen on ripe plant matter
  • Families of snails breed in damp and dark locations then seem to feed in groups.
  • My Lupins are always prone to attack despite my best preventative measures. Hostas are also hostage to snails fortune.
  • Snails do tidy up decaying plants and are part of a natural gardens ecology system so do not kill ruthlessly.
  • Beware homing snails, they have the ability to creep back to home territory quicker than you expect

Lost Gardens of Heligan snails

Treatments for Snails and Slugs

Garden snails 4 & 5

In Praise of Snails

  • Snails do not burrow under ground like the black slugs that do most garden damage.
  • Snails do tidy up decaying plants and are part of a natural gardens ecology system so do not kill ruthlessly.
  • Snails provide food for some birds.

Photo credit
Garden snails 4 & 5 by davidshort, CC BY 2.0


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