Controlling Snails and Slugs in the Garden
Snails and Slugs abound in most gardens. Give them a bit of damp, be it through watering or rainfall, and they will be out in force. Measures need to be taken before they destroy all your hard work!
Snails and Slugs are gastropods. They are more common at night, especially after rain (or watering!). They thrive in the damp, so the garden is a haven. A nightly walk around with a torch, bucket and trowel is a good, organic way to start controlling the population.
Some plants are more susceptible to attack than others - hostas and small seedlings are particular favourites. Mulching around plants with gravel or wood chips will help to protect. Copper tape around pots will stop them climbing in. Small seedlings should be covered with cloches or domes until they are established.
If you can spare some beer, you can make a 'beer trap'. Pour beer into a container and sink it in the ground to surface level. Gastropods love beer (especially lager - the louts!!), so will drown happy! Your beer trap will probably need cleaning and replenishing regularly.
Vigilance will keep these pesky pests at bay.