Slugs and snails find fruit trees to be delicious. They feed on your fruit and leave their telltale slime tracks behind. If you have ever grown a fruit tree or are planning on it, you have to do something to keep these pests away. There is a simple remedy to keep slugs and snails off your fruit trees.
Purchase copper wire, thin copper sheeting or copper tape. Most hardware stores and home improvement stores sell copper wire and sheeting.
Wrap the copper foil, copper sheeting or copper barrier tape around the base of your fruit tree. The copper barrier needs to be approximately 3 to 4 inches wide, so you can bury a portion of it under the soil level. Wrap the tree snugly but not overly tight, because if it is too tight in will cause damage to the tree.
If you are using copper sheeting, punch a hole in each end of the sheeting. After wrapping it around the base of the tree, slip string or a twist tie through the holes to pull the ends together. Tie a knot in the string or twist the twist tie together to secure it in place. Attach copper foil by stapling one end to the tree and using paper clips to secure the two ends together after wrapping around the tree. The tape has adhesive on the back to secure it to the tree.