Why not? Depending on the bags, they might be better than newspaper that has all sorts of ink chemicals in it. You would still need to apply mulch on the paper to create a thicker barrier, unless you have loads and loads of bags!
Thank you, Starfishmomma. I hope the heavier brown paper will also help to block snails. They are quite a problem in my garden. I don't want to kill them, just dissuade them -- make them want to go elsewhere.
I read somewhere that a way to keep slugs off the veg was to provide a little pile of vegetation, because, they prefer it to fresh. I can't say where I saw that so you will need to look it up to see if it works at all and if it can work with snails.
Thank you Starfishmomma.
That's an interesting idea - sort of a sacrificial offering!
I was thinking about searching for teflon coated paper to make collars for the plants, assuming teflon would be effective on snail mucus.
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I am concerned your paper layer would create shady moist pockets underneath, that may be the opposite of what you want, by giving good snail shelter in the garden. Otherwise, the paper is fine.
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I've seen disposable plastic or polystyrene plates used as collars around strawberries. The plate was cut from the edge to the middle and a circle cut out. I think they were just to keep the strawberries off the soil. You could try the same method to put slugs and snails off by applying glue and sprinkling sand or something else they won't like to slime across.