Keep snails away from your garden and veggie patch: here's some eco-friendly remedies you can try out

by Mark Bennett

June 11, 2024


Snails in the garden and/or the veggie patch may seem impossible to get rid of. But there are some all-natural methods and remedies you can use to keep snails away from your precious greenery (and without you having to resort to using lethal pesticides).

Let's check out two, all-natural ways to keep snails from damaging your garden or veggie patch:

1. Oat flakes

oat flakes spread out around plants in a garden

Video tutorial via nikcoleman74/Instagra,

You may have already heard about a traditional remedy to keep snails away from plants using crushed eggshells. These crushed shells provide a protective ring that acts as a barrier to snails (who find the shells difficult to move over).

An even more effective remedy is described by @nikcoleman74 on his Instagram account. For this remedy, a protective circle is laid out using flaked oats (the kind used to make porridge). A circle of oats is laid out in a circle around the plant to be protected at about 15-20 cm from its base.

@nikcoleman74 reports that, since he has been using this oat flakes remedy, no snails have been feasting on his vegetables anymore.


2. A wooden board

A wooden board laying on the ground and with snails clinging to the wet underside

Video Tutorial via simonakeroydgardenwriter/Instagram

Another remedy recommended on social media by gardening expert, Simon Akeroyd, is a sort of a trap that does not kill the snails.

This remedy works by attracting snails to a specific spot and then gathering them up and moving them elsewhere.

It's a very simple remedy to employ: get a wooden board/plank, wet it a bit (snails love humid spots) and lay it down flat near the plants you want to protect. The next morning, you will almost certainly find a cluster of snails on the underside of the board. Now you just need to decide where to move the "trapped" snails to!

These all-natural remedies will ensure "no creature is mistreated", so it's worth trying them before moving on to "harshier" methods, don't you think?