How do you rid your garden of snails that damage plants ?

Asked June 4, 2016, 10:09 AM EDT

I have many snails in my gardens. I have many hostas and live close to the lake. My plants start out beautiful and end up with holes

Outside United States snails hostas horticulture

1 Response

Hi -

Here is a factsheet with some great ideas and resources:
https://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG92%20Slugs%20and%...

In our work with community gardens in Youngstown, we've found that cardboard is very effective to manage the population. Put cardboard down on the ground in the area where you know the slugs are located - up next to the plants. The next morning, take up the cardboard. The bottom will be covered in slugs, as they like to hide in moist areas. Throw the cardboard away with the slugs attached. Keep doing this to reduce the population.

Good luck!