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Right now, in the spring, many gardening enthusiasts are heading back out to make the home-grown vegetable patch fit for the warm summer months. After the long winter time there is always a lot to do and the more annoying it is when the just laboriously planted salad seedlings are eaten the next day by snails that have made their way over the lush greenery overnight and in the morning.
Remedy can create a snail guard here.
In addition to the effect that the name already promises, namely to effectively protect young plants from "snails" without chemicals, such a ring also has other advantages. For example, it allows more accurate pouring, directing the water and important nutrients it contains directly to the plant roots. On the other hand, this has the great advantage that the earth around the head of the lettuce, especially in dry summer months, is not swept away ugly, which improves the visual appearance of her vegetable bed. In addition, the ring guarantees a firm and delicate lettuce seed, as the salad, limited by the naturally round shape, is stimulated to grow naturally to "turn".
Due to the great variety of advantages can hardly be called disadvantages. Nevertheless, some problems should be pointed out at this point. For example, if you want to provide each head of lettuce with a protective ring, the purchase is relatively expensive for all lettuce heads. Most of the protective rings are available in a pack of 6 and many garden friends are six lettuce heads in the bed simply too little. In addition, the space required for the guard rings should not be underestimated, as most rings have a diameter of 19.13 or 12 cm.
Finally, it should be mentioned that the snails, despite the horizontally outward-standing wreath at the top, especially with larger lettuce heads, the leaves of which are pushing outward, often know how to avoid the obstacle. Thus, the ring does not provide 100% protection against snail feeding
The application of the snail guard ring is easy to explain. After the bed has been prepared for planting, first measure the distances that the individual guard rings must have. In a next step, the salad seedlings are planted in the bed. Finally, the ring, which is usually made of lightweight, thin PVC or plexiglass, slipped over it and pressed so far into the ground until it is well fixed. For an extra portion of protection it is also possible, in addition to the ring, to place a fine and thin mesh fabric into which a hole in plant size has been cut in the middle, inside the protective ring and to cover it with soil
Tips and Hints
As already explained, most of the rings available on the market are made of PVC or Plexiglas and will continue to serve even after a few years. This "plastic version" is offered by most retailers in rich green. However, if you want something more rustic, or want to give your garden a slightly Italian flair, but can also rely on snail rings made of copper. These refined and elegant-looking rings can do without the edged brim at the top, which is due to the fact that the mucus of the slugs in combination with the copper material causes a chemical reaction. The resulting oxidation processes damage the delicate mucous membrane of the pests, which makes it impossible to crawl up the vertical obstacle. Unfortunately, these rings are a lot more expensive than their plastic counterparts, and often the different snails seem unimpressed by the copper obstruction.
A snail guard offers several advantages and disadvantages:
- easy handling
- effective snail protection without chemicals
- Casting and growth aid
- Unfortunately very expensive (especially the copper version)
- Despite high efficiency no hundred percent protection