Nobody likes to take an early morning garden stroll, cup of coffee in hand, to discover some night raider has made short work of their plants. Standing there, fuming at large holes in their tender, low-lying leaves, vegetables, ripening fruit, and soft herbs, they vow to wage war on the destructive snails and slugs.
If you’re battling slugs and snails in the garden, you’re not alone.
Unfortunately, gardens are prime spots for these tiny tormentors. They love dark, damp spaces filled with ample decomposing plant material and green foliage. Mainly active at night, they attack almost all garden plants and can be problematic during the day when the canopy closes and shades the soil.
The most productive control method is going to the garden about two hours after sunset and using a headlamp or flashlight to handpick slugs and snails from the soil and plants. If that doesn’t sound like a great way to spend your evening, you can choose to apply commercial pest products or opt for natural ways to keep them out of the garden and away from your plants.