Snake deterrent?

dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)March 24, 2013

I have an abundance of sweetgum 'gumballs'; they're still falling off the tree.
I'd like to place some planters in the slots between treetrunks and their biggest roots..up near the trunk.

Wondering if filling the empty space between with gumballs might keep snakes from curling up there because the gumballs are so prickly.

(I know..try it and get back to us)

Would same gumballs edging a planter saucer deter slugs,do you think? I suppose the smallest ones can slime their way between the points.
What else can you do with gumballs besides spray them with paint for Christmas decorations?

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I doubt gumballs will deter any form of wildlife. Cactus are far more pokey and snakes love to hang out around them.

I have better luck with tiny bowls of beer to control slugs. The copper tape stuff works but slugs will eventually find a route up and over.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 9:20AM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

Regrettably, your response just makes too much sense, John.
Since I asked, I googled and it seems that many people use the gumballs as mulch in their planters on top of the soil and find it helpful so I'm going to try loading up these
nooks with gumballs anyway. Couldn't hurt to try.

The folks from the Pacific northwest recommend the copper
tape/wire treatment as well as the slug geta bait and those folks have continuous problems with slugs so I figure they're the experts.
I've used the beer in low bowls but it's a nuisance to have to empty and fill them daily. I read that flat beer with alcohol evaporated out doesn't work so it's a continuous chore of dumping and refilling.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 11:14AM
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I have read that gumballs work to deter slugs for hostas. However, I never tried it. My hostas are bait for the deer, to entice them so that they don't work on my trilliums. Still have a few hostas, but after years of being munched, they are small. (Have to say hostas are beautiful plants for a city garden that doesn't have to fend off critters.)

    Bookmark   March 31, 2013 at 10:10AM
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