Snails are a common nuisance in gardens, luckily there are natural ways to keep them away. Find out how to get rid of slugs and keep your garden healthy.

Spring is coming and with it, gardening season. It’s a relaxing activity that many of us enjoy. However, there are times when this task becomes frustrating because slugs attack the plants. But there is an easy way to get rid of them in the garden. Find out which one!

How to get rid of slugs from the garden?

Snails can cause significant damage in the garden. They attack all plants, and their voracious appetite for leaves can decimate an entire garden. Slugs have a preference for greenery, so it’s often the healthiest plants that are most susceptible to their invasions. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to drive these invaders out of your garden. Planting a few flowers will effectively scare away slugs and snails, leaving you to enjoy your beautiful garden.

Why are there so many snails in my garden?

Gardens and lawns are particularly attractive to slugs and snails because they are often watered or irrigated regularly. In addition, gardens offer them plenty of protection from the sun and wind, which can dry them out, as well as a wide variety of leaves and young shoots, which are often their favorites. Even in sometimes light rain, these invaders take advantage of the moisture in well-maintained gardens and lawns.

On sunny days and hot summer months, slugs and snails hide in cool, damp corners and come out at night or on cloudy or foggy days. You’ll find them in or around your garden, snug and damp under dense ground cover, neglected brush, leaves, abandoned boards and similar objects. By eliminating these hiding places, using drip irrigation instead of overhead watering, and planting drought-tolerant plants that require less water, you can make your landscape less attractive to these pests.

What flowers keep slugs away?

  • Nasturtium

Nasturtium is a popular garden flower with many uses. It is used in cooking, medicine and cosmetics. For gardeners, nasturtium has an important application: it acts as a natural repellent against slugs. This is due to its specific smell, which these pests do not support. However, what deters snails the most is the bitter taste of its leaves. The low requirements and ease of cultivation of nasturtium make it an excellent choice for any garden.

  • Lavender

Narrow-leaved lavender is disliked by slugs because of the unpleasant coating on its leaves. The delicate hairs with which they are covered, effectively discourage pests from eating them. The intense aroma of this plant also deters them. In addition to slugs, lavender acts as a repellent against ants and aphids. It is worth planting it near plants that can be attacked by these pests. Besides, lavender is a beautiful and undemanding plant that will beautifully decorate the garden.

  • Panicle flower

Also known as “phlox”, it is a fragrant plant that develops lush white, pink or purple flowers in summer. Phloxes attract butterflies and other beneficial insects while repelling pests such as slugs and slugs. These pests also dislike the texture and flavor of their leaves.

  • Lilies

Lilies are popular garden flowers that require little maintenance and beautifully decorate the garden. It grows very quickly and does not require replanting, making it a plant that can grow in one place for up to 30 years. Daylily is an effective barrier against slugs thanks to its lush leaves. They are narrow, long and grassy, forming dense clumps that repel these pests.

  • Sedum

Sedum is not a demanding garden flower either. It has great resistance to frost, drought, diseases and all pests. Its thick and fleshy leaves are not edible to slugs and are therefore avoided. Sedum perfectly decorates garden rock gardens, and you can create interesting decorative compositions from it.

Other natural tricks to scare away slugs and snails

In addition to plants in the garden to get rid of slugs, there are some home tricks that will also help you:

Ash: Ash is a natural repellent for slugs. Place ash around the perimeter of the pot so that when it penetrates through the wall of the pot, it hits that ash surface. Since the snails don’t like it, they will eventually leave.

Eggshells: Sharp surfaces like eggshells are good repellents. Once they are crushed, spread them on the surface of the plants.

Lettuce or celery: You can set up small lettuce or celery traps. Instead of attacking the plant, the slugs will eat the lettuce.

Garlic: Prepare a maceration with 4 crushed garlic cloves per liter of boiling water. Leave for 12 hours, filter and dilute with 1 quart of water, then spray on the affected plants.

How can you prevent slugs from appearing in your vegetable garden?

Use drip irrigation:

Slugs love moisture. If you use the drip irrigation method, the plants will not receive the moisture that other types of watering cause, and the shellfish will go elsewhere in search of moisture. It is also very useful to water in the morning instead of the evening.

Snail and slug traps:

To provide shelter for slugs and snails and to be able to catch them, we can place tiles, stones, branches, shells or similar objects where slugs and snails find shelter during the day. This will make it easier to locate and remove them manually.

Shady and moist places in vegetable beds and gardens:

Slugs and snails like to seek refuge in shady and moist places that they choose to lay their eggs. Keep areas with these characteristics under observation, especially during times of greatest activity for these mollusks.