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One-fifth of gardeners admit throwing snails over fence- BBC News


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Gardeners in London were most likely to get rid of snails over the neighbour’s fence.

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A fifth of British gardeners have thrown snails over their neighbour’s fence, according to a survey.

Some 22% of people questioned for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) said they had tossed a snail into their neighbour’s garden, compared with 78% who said they had not.

Londoners were the worst culprits, with 30% admitting they had done it.

Gardeners in Scotland were least likely, where 14% admitted they had thrown a snail over a garden fence.

Snails and slugs and are regarded as the most common garden pest by gardeners, according to the RHS.

‘Wet weather’
The survey of more than 1,500 people found that 80% will head into their gardens this Easter to tackle spring jobs.

It found 70% of men plan to mow the garden lawn, compared with 57% of women.

Guy Barter, head of advisory at the RHS, said gardeners have enjoyed a “great start” to spring following a “challenging” start to the season last year..

He said many gardeners have been busy improving their gardens after a wet and windy winter.

“In March at the RHS we had record calls to our advisory team and answered over 6,000 gardening questions,” Mr Barter said.

“Most of the questions have been about pruning trees and shrubs, particularly those damaged by winter gales, and dealing with lawns rich in moss and with sparse grass, in this case a consequence of prolonged wet weather.”

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I think its been prove that snails have 'homing instinct'
throw them over the fence and they'll find their way back!
I remember reading someone had marked them with nail varnish and saw them return!

19 Apr, 2014


I prefer to send them to the Heavens. Where I come from, they eat them.

19 Apr, 2014


Nah, I don't throw over the fence, rather into the road. I don't like the idea of killing things so I let the nasty cars do it!!!!

19 Apr, 2014


We need more thrushes to do the job for us !
I really hate dispatching them .
There used to be a snail farm near here ; uggh , but it closed . ( I'll bet the neighbours were pleased.)

20 Apr, 2014


Guilty as charged. I throw snails and slugs to my neighbours. One neighbour, to be precise, whose cat's I'm in a state of war with. They leave their droppings in my garden, I toss snails to (at) them.

22 Apr, 2014


My snails / slugs go in two directions. At home they go on to the Garage roof, for the resident thrush to help herself, and on the allotment they do go over the fence, straight into the chicken coop - result!!!! I haven't noticed many coming back.

22 Apr, 2014

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