Water barrier against slugs & snails: In the test | Does it work?

slug collar as water barrier

Water is an insurmountable obstacle for land slugs and snails. This is at least a widespread opinion. Land snails breathe air and drown if they fall into water. I tested whether slugs and snails really cannot overcome water barriers in a small experiment. A reader suggested simply turning slug collars upside down and filling the … Read more

Wool Slug & Snail Deterrent Mat in the Test | Effective or not?

sheep wool mat

Whether sheep wool mats / rolls really help to deter slugs and snails is controversial. If you read through the product reviews, you will find both top and flop ratings. So, it was time to put wool mats to the test and carry out a simple experiment. Previously, I had experimented with other sheep’s wool … Read more

Electric Slug Fences | Construction, Tips and Tricks +++

electric fence attention slug snail

Inventors and gardeners have designed different products and have tried to secure beds against slugs by using electricity. Electric fences work relatively well against slugs and snails, but only a few products are on the market. That aside, an electric slug fence can be installed in the good old do-it-yourself fashion. What do you need … Read more

Slug Deterrent Paint: New Remedy Against Slugs and Snails | Test, Tips and Tricks

Schnexagon slug repellant paint test

The slug-deterring/repelling paint Schnexagon is an innovation in the field of peaceful slug defense. However, does it really live up to its promises? What are its advantages and disadvantages? Anti-Slug Paint: Are Slugs Losing Their Grip? Schnexagon is a repellent coating intended for the protection of beds and greenhouses from slugs and snails. Special ingredients … Read more

Slug Collars: Protect Vulnerable Plants | Test, Tips & Tricks

snail slug collar salad

Slug collars protect plants from being eaten by slugs and snails. They are made of plastic and sometimes of metal. Their edges are bent like those of a slug fence, pointing outward – similar to a collar. Slugs and snails are irritated by this edge and have difficulties overcoming the barrier. They lose their orientation … Read more

Copper Against Slugs and Snails: Does It Work? | Field Tests, Tips and Tricks

copper against slugs and snails

Slugs and snails dislike to touch copper. A chemical reaction happens when they crawl over the metal, which causes unpleasant feelings on their skin. Therefore, they avoid moving over copper. That’s the theory, anyway. However, it is controversial whether this method works or not, and it is discussed at length. This article attempts to end … Read more

Protect Plants with a Garden Cloche / Victorian Bell | Mini Greenhouse

plant hats slug snail protection

Garden cloches and bells are a good way to protect vulnerable plants against frost and harsh weather. A positive side effect is that these kinds of bells and protective covers can also be used as a protection against snails and slugs. The large garden cloches are more robust than lighter plant hats, which makes them … Read more

Slug Fences: Barriers to Protect Your Plants Against Slugs and Snails

slug fence

One of the best ways to keep slugs and snails out of garden beds is by using a slug fence. Slug fences guarantee non-violent protection and once installed, plants are safe. At least, that’s what the manufacturers promise. However, the effectiveness of slug and snail fences is controversial. The term “slug fence” refers to many … Read more