They come at night and eat up vegetable and flower beds in no time at all. Snails are a real nuisance for enthusiastic gardeners, especially if you do not want to resort to chemical means such as slug pellets & Co. But this is not always necessary, because with a few tricks you can make your garden less inviting for slugs.
Snails do not like aromatic plants
Every snail-hostile garden should include strongly scented, aromatic herbs and other plants such as
- and peonies.
You can take advantage of the voracious mollusks’ aversion to the listed plants by planting dense – at least one meter wide – herb hedges as bed borders.
Lavender decoction to repel slugs
Furthermore, there is a natural, non-chemical way to control slugs. Make a strong decoction from dried lavender flowers and spray it on your plants regularly. This decoction is made like tea, but it needs to steep for a few hours. Garlic water, by the way, also helps excellently. The decoction is made as follows:
- Overbrew two, three handfuls of dried lavender flowers with a liter of boiling water.
- You can also add garlic cloves cut into small pieces.
- Let the mixture steep for a few hours until the lavender water cools down.
- Strain off the solids and pour the scented water into a spray bottle.
- Now spray the plants at risk with the lavender water – especially around the root area.
- Repeat this measure every few days, certainly after each downpour.
- Lavender mulch against slugs
Furthermore, a mulch of cut and dried herbs (lavender, thyme, sage) promises help against the snail plague. To do this, spread the finely chopped herbs like mulch over a large area around plants and flower beds. The intense scent will keep the dreaded pests away quite reliably.
Tips & Tricks
Many amateur gardeners swear by so-called beer traps to attract slugs. To do this, fill a mug with beer – wheat beer is best – and bury it in the ground, but the opening should remain free. The snails will crawl in there and drown. However, use this trap only selectively and not constantly, otherwise more and more snails will be attracted, even from neighboring gardens.