Control slugs and protect beneficial species |

Broadcast: Garden: All carrots, or what?! | 06/22/2022 | 7:00 p.m. | by Ralph Walter

33 Min
| Available until 06/20/2023

Nudibranchs are a feared predator, especially in the salad bed. What hobby gardeners have lovingly nurtured in the bed for weeks becomes a victim of slugs overnight. But there are many other types of snails that are more useful for our garden, because they mainly eat dead and decaying parts of plants that lie on the ground. Shell snails are even very valuable for an intact garden life, because numerous bird species crush the calcareous snail shells and use them as an important raw material for the formation of their egg shells.

What helps against snails?

As with all pests, there are always opponents in nature. In the case of snails, these would include hedgehogs, toads, ground beetles and blindworms. These animals like to use a pile of leaves or brushwood in a corner of the garden as a shelter. Opponents feel particularly comfortable in a natural garden. Extremely valuable garden areas, for example the vegetable beds, could be secured with a special snail fence. With these fence elements made of plastic or metal, the upper edge is bent outwards. Snails cannot overcome this kink.

More tips against snails

Water the garden in the morning – with pinpoint accuracy. Because snails prefer to be out and about in the dark and love moist surfaces. The irrigation water should be poured directly to the root area. Many hobby gardeners sprinkle dry coffee grounds or sawdust and lime around their beds to stop snails.

Egg clutches can be destroyed if the beds are properly chopped up after harvest. Look for snails and their eggs under the water butt, under wooden boards, in crevices in the floor and under loose stone slabs. Just leave the milky-white eggs uncovered. Garden birds love a nutritious treat.

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