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Discover the secret plants that attract garden snails: How to purge your garden of these unwanted pests

If you don't want snails in your garden, you have to get rid of some plants.
If you don't want snails in your garden, you have to get rid of some plants.
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3:54 AM EST, January 14, 2024

Snails are typically unwelcome guests in home gardens. Evicting them is often tricky, especially when there are plants in our garden that they find irresistible.

If our goal is to eliminate these pests, we must understand that the area might require some changes.

Identify potential snail attractants in your garden

Certain plants have different effects on snails. Some deter these pests, while others tend to attract them. It appears that few people are aware of which particular plants snails find alluring.

If we aim to completely rid our garden of these pests, it's essential to check what's growing in our plots and flower beds. Snails are primarily attracted by plants like violets, beans, cabbage, lettuce, marigolds, sunflowers, and peppers.

If we want to cultivate the plants listed above, it's advisable to plant them in raised beds, or in a greenhouse, away from other plants.

These plants can repel snails

Now, let's consider plants that naturally repel snails due to their scent or taste. We have quite a few to choose from.

Garlic, lavender, marjoram, forget-me-nots, and ferns are excellent choices. Dreaming of a garden with peppers or lettuce? Mixing in marjoram or garlic among these vegetables can deter snails.

By doing so, we lessen the likelihood of snails attacking these plants.

We also need to remember the importance of correct mulching. If we plan to use mown grass as mulch, it should first be properly dried out.

Freshly mown grass is a appealing to snails, and scattering it around can inadvertently create a snail haven.

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