The answer to this question really depends on what type of organic garden you have.
For example, if you have an aquatic garden…or a water garden…then snails can be beneficial. Snails are helpful in this type of ecosystem because they will help stir up the sand and gravel and will eat decomposing material. Snails are helpful in this situation.
Snails are NOT Helpful in most Organic Gardens
On the other hand, if your garden is a vegetable garden or a garden of flowers and bushes, snails are a problem. Snails will eat and destroy much of your foliage in this type of garden.
SOLUTION to this PROBLEM in your Organic Garden
If you find snails in your garden, there are four main ways to rid yourself of these slimy pests (these solutions are very similar to the ones I outlined in my article about slugs…read Slug That Beer). Watch this video to find those solutions:
Julie Chai recommends using Sluggo as one of the ways to get rid of snails. If you’re interested in this method, I recommend Monterey Sluggo Snail & Slug Control …it’s an organic product.
I mentioned that there are four ways to get rid of snails and this video only mentioned three. The fourth way to rid your organic garden of snails is to spread Diatomaceous Earth throughout your garden…a thin, light layer is all you need. In 3-4 days, you’ll find the snails dead around the garden.
Diatomaceous Earth is soil with sharp edges that will slice the skin of the snails as they crawl through it. The snails dehydrate and die. You will need to reapply this Diatomaceous Earth in your organic garden after it rains.
That’s it…until next time from the Organic Gardening How To Blog!