Ridding Your Garden of Slugs and Snails
A landscape designer shares his nontoxic solution for a most destructive pest
Snails and their no-shelled cousins, slugs, are a common problem in many gardens. Sometimes they’re imported with new plants; once introduced to the terrain, they are hard to eliminate. Getting rid of them without using poisons has been a quest for landscape designer and “old rose” collector Andrew Schulman for years. His solution, known to some gardeners, may come as a surprise.
Here are some of the key points from this video:
- Iris, daylily, and delphinium are just a few of the plants that slugs and snails like to snack on.
- Look for ragged chew holes to identify slug and snail damage.
- You may also notice a slimy residue from them.
- Slugs and nails are nocturnal and do most of their feeding at night.
- You can use nontoxic deterrents that rely on iron as their main ingredient.
- A simpler home remedy is filling a shallow dish with beer.
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