Snails get everywhere

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.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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14 Responses to Snails get everywhere

  1. Clare Pooley says:

    Have you tried Slug Wool? It is very good. It probably wouldn’t work with your apple tree snail problem as you’d need rather a lot round the base of the trunk but is seems to work round vegetables etc.

  2. skyeent says:

    I don’t think the snail will do your tree any harm. They just like to sleep in high places.

  3. Use a copper band around the tree. It is the new thing in Sweden to fight them. You can buy Copper in rolls to put on the edge of your raised boxes as well.

  4. patsquared2 says:

    I use diatomaceous earth…just sprinkle it on the ground around the trunk. If I don’t use it, the snails do get everywhere, most recently on my beets! They eat the greens and can make quite a mess in a single night.

  5. They’ve caused a mess here too, Helen. The wet summer was good for flowers, but not so good for some of their leaves and some vegetables. Clare’s suggestion sounds good.

  6. Have you tried beer? Depending on tge size and number of pests-get a shallow dish. You want to place it next to your infested area in ground leaving the top of the dish at ground level(easy for them to crawl in). Then fill to about 1/4 from top with beer. The monsters love beer more than any plant. They crawl in and drink till they die..just make sure to keep the beer level up. We throw the leftovers in the trash every couple of days..this helps to get rid of any hanger-on-ers. Let me know how it goes for you. Good luck.

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