October 05, 2021

Why Fence Snails and Slugs?

Prevention costs are low and the installation is easy. Compared to losing your plants, or getting your young seed sprouts mowed over during a full moon, it's a very cost and time effective method to keep your plants growing strong.


What About a Battery Powered Electric Snail Fence?

Some people recommend complicated battery powered traps. In my experience those are high maintenance, and not worth my time. 


Seedles seed balls are the easiest solution to grow wildflowers. Help us grow wildflowers with seed balls and support the honey bees.


The No Harm Snail and Slug Fence

Get yourself a 2-inch wide, highly conductive copper tape. They sell these for $10-$12 for a bit over 30 feet on amazon (not an affiliate link). You can surround up to a 10 foot by 5 foot square area with this roll, buy more rolls if you need additional protection.


Steps To Make No Harm Snail and Slug Fence

  1. Measure - Measure the circumference of your pot, or planter, or total perimeter length of your growing area. For every 30 feet, get a roll of the 33' copper tape above. 
  2. Clean - As best as you can, you'll want to remove any dust/dirt or bits and pieces that are covering the pot/planter where you will apply the tape.
  3. Apply - Apply the tape at least 4 inches up from the ground so it's away from the ground and nothing can make a bridge up to above the tape. You can try the 1" wide copper tape rolls, which are more distance bang for your buck, but I found even the 1" wide can be slimed over by a curious snail.
  4. Monitor - Check your copper tape once a day for the first week if you can to see if there have been any snails who have crossed.
  5. Grow - Check your seeds, sprout and baby plants daily to ensure they are moist, protected, and have adequate sun.


Alternative Slug and Snail Control

Buy a duck. No, not an option for many, but truly the best snail and slug solution is a hungry duck.


How To Easily Plant Wildflowers

  • Find A Container - Find a nice container at least 2 gallons in volume, preferably 3, 4, or 5 gallons.
  • Add Soil - Fill the pot or container 3/4 with container or potting soil mix, until the soil comes up to 1-2" below the top. Any soil will do though.
  • Plant Seed Balls - Place seed balls half-way into the soil, and half-way out of the soil, ensuring solid contact. Add a small dusting of compost overtop of seed balls. Do not bury them deeply, they will not be strong enough to grow out and sprout. Purchase and plant Wildflower Seedles seed balls approximately 2-4 per square foot and only half-way into the soil.
  • Pack Soil - Gently press down the soil to firm it up a bit and ensure the compost is contacting the seeds.
  • Water - Water daily until they are 4-6" tall, then you can water less frequently to maintain a moist soil (but not wet).


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