Natural home remedies for snail control - that helps
So if you find snails in the raised bed, act quickly. Since the animals multiply quickly - and lay numerous eggs in the ground, from which the offspring can be recruited - containment is the top priority. However, especially in raised vegetable beds, one does not want to resort to the chemical club, as the organically grown vitamins should remain without any toxins. However, you can try the following tried and tested home remedies first:
- Fertilize your plants with coffee grounds. This one is high in nutrients, but snails don't like it.
- Mulch around the plants with sawdust or wood chips.
- Place strips of sheep's wool around the plants.
- Plant sage, savory, and chamomile around the outer edges. The herbs keep snails away.
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And last but not least: make your garden bird-friendly, because many of the local garden birds like to eat snails.
Collecting decimates the offspring of snails
In the case of an acute snail infestation, however, the first thing that helps is collection. Look through your raised bed thoroughly (preferably in the early morning or late evening hours, because snails only come out of their hiding places at night) and remove the animals that are found. A classic beer trap, but also bricks or wooden boards laid out in the bed will help you collect.
If nothing helps: chemical club against snails
If the snail plague is too extensive and you don't know what else to do: when it comes to chemical mace, slug pellets (€ 16.78 at Amazon *) based on natural iron (III) phosphate are the least toxic and also the most environmentally friendly. Active ingredients such as methiocarb and thiodicarb, on the other hand, are highly toxic, even for useful gardeners, and should therefore not be used on their own. Preparations with the active ingredient metaldehyde, on the other hand, can be problematic for gardeners with dogs or cats: pets often react very sensitively to the agent. In the soil, on the other hand, the water-soluble metaldehyde is dissolved without residue into its components water and carbon dioxide.
The best remedy for snails is thorough prevention. Read here how to make a raised bed snail-proof.