How to Get Rid of Snakes From a Garden

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Getting rid of snakes from a garden can be done by sprinkling Snake Away around the perimeter, but most snakes in the garden are harmless and will often eat garden pests. Get rid of harmful snakes, such as rattlesnakes and coral snakes, with advice from an experienced horticulturist in this free video on gardening.

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Hi, I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb, and we're at Willow Tree Nursery, in St. Petersburg, Florida. One of the questions that we get a lot is snakes, how do we keep snakes out of the yard or garden? Well truthfully, when I worked as an extension horticulturist I used to have a ton of people bring me usually a jar bigger than this just full of snake-o-matic. They would cut up snakes into about a hundred pieces, and they'd say is it a good snake or a bad snake, and I 'd say well, it doesn't matter; it's a dead snake. And I guess what I'm telling you is that don't cut up every snake that you see in your yard and garden, because they help eat things like rats, and rodents, and other things that you probably don't like, as well. So for the most part, unless it has a rattler, or it's a coral snake I'd probably let the snake pass on through, and in fact I'd probably encourage snakes. Now, if you really can't stand snakes there are some products called like Snake Away, and you sprinkle this powder around the edge or a border of an area where you wish to keep the snakes out of. And it seems to be of some help. For ask mrgreenthumb.com, I'm Stan DeFreitas.

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