Slug and snail question
I hope you don't mind my asking my question about slugs and snails here. If anyone has a suggestion for a more appropriate forum please let me know.
I have an abundance of slugs and snails in my garden (which is not a true woodland garden, but very shady). The snails and slugs are devouring every plant in one section, and now are multiplying profusely. I did a search on GW to see what others do to get rid of them, and I'm not all that happy with what I've read. To me, just because I plant a food they like does not mean I have the right to kill them. In a way I feel like I'm adding to the population by providing a good breeding ground and food source. The slug population is holding steady, but the snails are ever increasing.
I'm trying the preventative approach, putting down coffee grounds, pistachio shells, crushed eggshells, etc. I just want to keep them away, however my prevention is not sufficient. For each of the last three days I have picked up about 30 baby snails, and 10-15 adults. I admit to tossing them over the fence into the neighbor's yard, where the weeds are higher than the fence and I know they do not care about their property beyond the drunken parties around the fire pit. Not the best thing, I know, but it keeps my mind at ease and does not cause them harm, although it does not help my problem, because they all must be coming back!! Next door is not far enough.
So to my real question-what are your thoughts on a catch and release program? My city has a very large wooded area owned by the municipality. It seems like a good place to put the little guys and let them live our their portion of the circle of life. The days are getting shorter, and the nights colder, so hopefully the populations will decrease soon, but I want to be able to save whatever plants I can for now.
Part of the reason I am asking in this particular forum is to get the thoughts of those that truly live next to woodlands.
Thanks for any comments or advice.