by Lee Wyatt
(last updated January 18, 2019)
Snails and slugs are a common sight in most gardens across the country, and around the world. In fact, it could easily be said that it would be more surprising to not find some than it is to find them. But do you really need to get rid of snails? Surprisingly, the answer isn't a simple yes and no. The most accurate answer would be "It depends." The reason that the most accurate answer is that it depends, is due to the fact that not all gardens are the same, and not all snails will affect all gardens the same.
For example, if you happen to have a water garden then having a few snails and slugs around can actually be very beneficial and helpful. In such situations snails can help promote a healthy ecosystem by stirring up gravel, and eating decomposing material. Not all snails though are beneficial. In fact, about the only time that you will find very much benefit from having snails and slugs in your garden is if you do have a water garden. Otherwise, snails will most often eat and destroy most types of flowers and crops that you may be trying to grow.
If you find that your garden has unwanted snails and slugs, then there are several options available for removing them. While you can always purchase chemicals to do the job, it could easily be argued that it would be better for your plants and the environment if you went the natural method. Here are a few natural methods that you can use to remove these pests.
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