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

How do you scare slugs away from your garden?

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

Why are there so many slugs 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 with light rain in some areas, these invaders take advantage of the moisture in well-kept gardens and lawns.

On sunny days and hot summer months, slugs 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, cozy and damp under dense ground covers, neglected underbrush, leaf debris, abandoned boards and similar items. 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 tolerate. However, what deters snails the most is the bitter taste of its leaves. The low demands and ease of growing nasturtium make it an excellent choice for any garden.

  • Lavender

Narrow-leaved lavender is disliked by slugs because of the unpleasant coating of 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 also acts as a repellent against ants and aphids. It is worth planting it near plants that are susceptible to infestation by these pests. In addition, lavender is a beautiful and undemanding plant that will beautifully decorate the garden.

  • Panicle flower

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

  • Lilies

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

  • Stonecrop

Stonecrop is not a demanding garden flower either. It is very resistant to frost, drought, diseases and all pests. Its thick and fleshy leaves are not edible to slugs and are therefore avoided. Sedums perfectly decorate rock gardens in the garden, and you can create interesting decorative compositions from them.

More natural tricks to scare away snails

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

Ash: Ash is a natural repellent against slugs. Place ash around the pot so that when they penetrate through the pot wall, they hit the ash surface. Since the slugs don’t like it, they will eventually go away.

Eggshells: Sharp surfaces like eggshells are good repellents. After crushing, 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 quart of boiling water. Leave for 12 hours, filter and dilute with 1 quart of water, then spray on the affected plants.

How to prevent the appearance of slugs 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 irrigation cause, and the slugs will look elsewhere for moisture. It is also very useful to water in the morning rather than in the evening.

Snail traps: To provide shelter for slugs and snails and to be able to catch them, we can place tiles, stones, branches, bowls or similar objects where slugs and snails can hide during the day. This makes it easier to locate and remove them manually.

Shady and moist places in vegetable beds and gardens: Slugs like to seek refuge in shady and moist areas and choose these to lay their eggs. Keep areas with these characteristics under observation, especially during times of greatest activity for these mollusks.