The Q&A Archives: Hosta and mulch

Question: I planted some Hosta last year, and around the base of them I put mulch. The quesstion is do I have to take the mulch off so the plants can start to grow, or what. And if I do how much do I leave on and take off..

Answer: The new leaves will pop right up out of the mulch, unless it is a very thick layer of mulch. I think I would brush away the mulch (you can leave it in the garden to cover up the plants again next winter). Mulch is a great insulator but it is also a favorite place for slugs and snails to hide. Brushing the mulch away from the plants will help them stay healthy and not such a convenient source of food for resident slugs and snails.

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