Re: What's with the snails?
DH says our property has turned into a veritable bird sanctuary, and I
cannot argue that. I'm also amazed at how many different bird nests our little
property can support at one time. Perhaps they have all become vegetarians
though, since both the birds AND the snails seems to thrive in perfect harmony!
Hudson Valley, NY zone 5/6
In a message dated 6/18/2005 12:02:26 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, Pam Evans
Hmm, I have tons of hungry birdies, so that must be what's keeping
mine in check. There's one spot the slugs & snails collect from where
the runoff from the lasagna bed puddles up when I water and the birds
quickly learned to go "fishing" for snacks there every evening. It's
pretty funny to watch.
On 6/17/05, Theresa <email@example.com> wrote:
> This year is Snail heaven here too! We've had rain fall to late this
> year (it actually rained again yesterday). I've lived here for 7 years
> now- and prior to this year it has NEVER rained in June. This year,
> it's already rained twice. So the snails have devoured all of my hostas
> and about 3 weeks ago I just gave up and decided I'd have none this
> year. I kill all the snails i find. (on sunny days it is particularly
> satisfying to hurl then into the middle of the street where they will
> quickly cook or get eaten by the birds). Sorry to hear you are also
> being slimed by all these mollusks!
> MyTGoldens@aol.com wrote:
> >Hello Everyone! Long time no see me! It's Maddy Mason here, from Accord
> >I usually pop back up in the Summer, at the height of gardening season,
> >disappear to the depths of the other parts of my life for another year!
> >I hope this season finds all of you thriving along with your gardens!
> >this may not apply to everyone, since we all live in such vastly
> >climates and parts of the country, but here in the Northeast, or at
> >little corner of it, we are so overrun with snails that walking around
> >like the crunching of snow, but it's the crunching of little snails!
> >We've lived here 5 years, and always had plenty of slugs to deal with.
> >years ago we discovered the miracle of the new organic slug killers such
> >Sluggo, that use harmless iron phosphate very effectively. Well,
> >other wildlife, which is good! This stuff works fairly well on slugs,
> >although frequent applications are still necessary for good control. But
> >this explosion of snails come from? (I noticed a lot of them last year,
> >this year is worse than ever.) The stuff doesn't work nearly as well on
> >snails, although it helps some. And it's not just my yard, due to some
> >of the natural balance of things. I have neighbors here, and friends in
> >parts of NYS with the same problem.
> >My garden covers various sections of a good sized area of land (close to
> >acre), so barrier methods are useless. No matter what I do, I still find
> >scads of the crunchy critters chewing up my irises, daylilies,
> >Lupines, even hairy poppies, and anything else they can get their slimy
> >(Slimy teeth?) Keeping the ground very clear of litter helps some, but
> >all that much. And yes, I handpick, but, as with the Japanese Beetles
> >for imminent arrival, I could do that the entire day and never get
> >else done!
> >Anyone have a clue what might have caused this? We didn't even have a
> >wet Spring this year either. I think next year I'll get out the Sluggo
> >earlier. Perhaps that might put a lid on it, before it gets so out of
> >I dunno!
> >Happy digging to All!
> >Maddy Mason
> >zone 5/6
> >Hudson Valley, NY (No, do not even THINK of telling me to eat them! )
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