When my Orleans Reinette (dessert apple tree) was still but a maiden, a very large snail decided to clumb up the trunk. So, I put a copper band round the truck and didn’t see any more snails, even though the copper band fell away a few years ago now.
Moving forward to last weekend, I was in a shop which sells essential soils and natural creams for the skin, where I ended up finding out that the owner puts a large band of Vaseline round the trees in his orchard. The idea appealed, although I really was only thinking of next year. However, it does look like my tree is still attracting unwanted attention.
The snails (and slugs) have also been enjoying the tomatoes (most of which I have brought in now though due to blight – sigh!) and squash. Ironically, though, after lamenting for so long about the dearth of the latter, a second one started to grow on one of the vines (in addition to lots of smaller ones) and so far seems to have avoided the gastropod.