Would don welly boots and waterproofs and go out after dark, in the rain on a snail hunt!
I am generally not a very aggressive person, but sometimes my blood just boils. It is not only the money that the plants cost, it is also the time and effort to plant and grow them. Mostly,though, it is the dashed hopes of how that particular plant would have looked when in full flower, creating a wonderful montage of colour with its equally carefully chosen neighbours. (Not!)
Last year I made a real effort to decrease the numbers of our resident snail population. I tried not to let the fallen tree leaves lie too long as that is supposed to encourage snails. I also hunted out their hiding places and removed them (the snails that is, not the hiding places). I hit it lucky when I found their favourite sleeping and, by the looks of things, mating place. This was behind a large euonymous shrub that was growing up the house wall. I think it must have been a warm spot as it was against the kitchen wall.
I have heard of all sorts of ways to kill snails, but honestly, none of them appeal to me. You can drown them in beer, feed them coffee granules so they have a heart attack or use salt to dehydrate them. Then there are all sorts of chemicals that are probably pretty bad for any wildlife that subsequently eats the departed snails.
Clearly the best way is to somehow persuade a thrush to take up residence on your patch, or to build a pond as I believe frogs and toads are rather partial to a bit of slug stew.
On the other hand you could just chuck them over your fence and let your neighbour deal with them! According to a BBC survey, 22% of gardeners admit to doing this. You know who you are! We are not so bad in Scotland as only 14% of us admit to it – but maybe we are just a tad less honest!
I guess by now many of you are wondering how I get rid of my slugs – or maybe not? Well, I am going to tell you anyway: I just put on my biggest and heaviest welly boots and squash them. Please don’t think I am a bad person – I don’t enjoy it; I just happen to think it is the kindest way.
Of course if you are a really nice person then the only option left to you is to grow plants that the slugs and snails don’t like. You will soon learn what they are, but this list should have something for everyone, apart from the snails, of course! (courtesy of Gardeners World).
- Hardy geraniums
- Japanese anemones
- Lady’s mantle
- Lilium henryi
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