Vriksha nursery

Vriksha nursery is a second generation nursery based in Mumbai where we strive to change the face of urban gardening in India with over 25,000 gardens executed in Maharashtra/Goa/Gujarat. We have a team of dedicated professionals who will leave no stone unturned to give you gardens of the utmost quality. Vriksha nursery has been synonymous with innovation in our field be it set landscaping(over 15000 teleserials/movies/adfilms), temporary landscapes (over 2500 exhibitions and weddings),ikebana flower arrangements, urban farming, rooftop gardens,living walls etc.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Natural ways to keep your garden snail free this moonsoon.

1st of all im extremely sorry for this prolonged absence from my blog....been keeping busy with a couple of huge sites..and the nursery.The monsoons are a crazy time at the nursery snails ,slugs, centipedes,mites,mosquitoes & even snakes have made my time here hectic as ever.

Snails and Slugs are probably the most devastating insect to the gardens and plants. Killing snails and slugs with pesticides may be very effective, however it is also devastating to the wildlife, your pets, and your family. When the snails and slugs natural predators eats the contaminated snails and slugs they will too get contaminated and get very ill and sometimes die. If your curious domestic pets and young family members sees those bright blue pesticides, they are very likely to eat it and end up getting very ill. over the years iv discovered some realy interesting ways to get rid of snails and almost always they have worked well not just at the nursery but at at most of the sites where we put them to action im listing out a few methods that i use ...and a few that iv heard of and find extremely funny.

the ones that i can vouch for are:
1)Remove slugs and snails by hand.:by far the most effective and easy way to get rid of the snails in the garden.Squish or drown them in a jar of soapy water.

Tobacco water: Raju one of my most trusted workers has devised this absolutely brilliant natural insect repellent .what he dose is he soaks chewing tobacco say about a couple of packets in a bucket full of water lets this sit overnight and next day he sprays it all over the garden.iv never seen snails run away faster
BEER:snails arnt much into beer guess they prefer natural ways to get high. Pjs apart what you need to do is Set yeast traps in troublesome beds. Sink a shallow jar or store-bought trap so the top is flush with the ground. Fill the traps with beer - regular or nonalcoholic - to 1/2 inch from the top and wait for the snails and slugs to fall in and drown. Check the traps every few days.For those of you who can't imagine wasting beer on snails, try this home brew: Add 1/2 tsp. baking yeast and 1 tbsp. sugar to the water in each trap.


CAFFEINE: recently, coffee has been used to get rid of snails in Hawaii. The caffeine in coffee causes heart rates to increase, and if exposure is long enough, the little buggers have a heart attack and die. The potency of the stuff they use in Hawaii is 2%, which is 125 times more potent than cola. You can use your leftover coffee, which is a 0.05–0.1% concentration. Also, using leftover coffee grounds as garden mulch works very well. My mom has been putting her old coffee grounds into the garden for a long time, and she has not had a problem with snails or slugs for years.

EGG SHELS: grind up egg shells and spread the crushed up shells around the base of the plants. im not gona name the super intelligent garden guru that gave me this gyan but trust me its stinks and is way to messy.

The bizarre ways to control snails:

SALT:Another garden veteran recommended salt, salt will kill most of the outer plants& mess up the ground for future planting.

Get a duck/chicken. They eat snails...yeaa..but then again they eat everything that comes in their way.i had chickens in Mumbai... Maggie eating... noisy stinky...n hate the concept of a good nights sleep.

3)Eat the snails!:
Snails have been around for a very long time, and they aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Frogs, lizards, snakes, beetles, and even people love to eat them. So, maybe that's what we should be doing with all these garden snails. Eat them with a little parsley butter.


  1. Thank you for posting such a useful, impressive and a wicked article./Wow.. looking good!
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  2. Hey Shaan I want 4-5 mid size snails to keep as pet, if you can send them to me. I have sent email for this also to you.