Hostas forum: Skunk Damage Amazing Recovery: There is Hope

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Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
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dahlianut
Jul 20, 2010 7:36 PM CST
I thought I would post these pics just in case this happened to anyone else. One of my hosta beds got ripped up by skunks making a nest. DUH! I did not take pics when the skunks trashed this bed because I was so devasted but all the hostas that I'm going to post pics of were ripped out down to the ground or chewed (you will be able to tell the chewed ones) Both these hostas were ripped off to the ground. TAA DAA we're back Smiling

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Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
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dahlianut
Jul 20, 2010 7:39 PM CST
I'm back and I have attitude Big Grin

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Name: Dahlianut
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dahlianut
Jul 20, 2010 7:44 PM CST
This hosta is a particular fav of mine cuz I rescued it from my buddy who was smothering it with ground covers. I call it the 'Jimmy Hosta'. SO glad to see you Jimmy Hosta

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Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
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dahlianut
Jul 20, 2010 7:46 PM CST
ok everyone get a tissue cuz these are just so little now it hurts your heart. BUT they made it.

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Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
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dahlianut
Jul 20, 2010 7:47 PM CST
Another survivor

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Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
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dahlianut
Jul 20, 2010 7:51 PM CST
There we're done now I agree This is a pic of one in the same bed which only got minerly skunked. I hope this wasn't too painful but I just wanted to share in case it happens to someone else.

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wha
Sep 2, 2010 11:28 AM CST
just found your damaged hosta thread dnut - they will survive:)
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Name: woodthrush
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woodthrush
Sep 2, 2010 11:40 AM CST
Wow, I've had skunks dig out newly planted plants, but never much damage.
They are looking for grubs in the loosened soil. Glad they are recovering.
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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Sep 7, 2010 8:18 AM CST
Wonder if skunks have been the culprits in my garden. They ripped a couple of plants right out of the ground. Fortunately, I found them in time and they are recovering.Thumb of 2010-09-07/ViolaAnn/85f3e0
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Name: woodthrush
Albrightsville PA
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woodthrush
Sep 7, 2010 12:59 PM CST
How has the rainfall been in your area, Ann. We are so dry here, the ground is rock hard. Too hard for critters to dig.
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Name: Christine
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Christine27360
Sep 7, 2010 3:26 PM CST
I found a newly planted liner laying on the ground... after further investigation... apparently a mole dug a tunnel right under him and pushed him out of the way -- it was his escape hole. Well some freshly chewed bubble gum when down the hole and I replanted the little guy. All is well. Hurray! Hurray!
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
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Name: woodthrush
Albrightsville PA
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woodthrush
Sep 7, 2010 4:41 PM CST
I wonder if it is the scent of the gum or the human saliva that scares them off.
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Name: Christine
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Christine27360
Sep 7, 2010 8:56 PM CST
I heard they eat the gum and can't digest it and then basically "plug up" and die. Whistling
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: woodthrush
Albrightsville PA
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woodthrush
Sep 8, 2010 4:46 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Can you imagine if they had gas! They'd be blowing bubbles out the other end Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Heucheras I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 2 I sent a postcard to Randy! Keeps Horses
Region: Minnesota Birds Raises cows Cat Lover Hostas Farmer
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Christine27360
Sep 8, 2010 3:58 PM CST
LMAO Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Then it pops and goowy gum is everywhere.
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
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dahlianut
Sep 8, 2010 4:16 PM CST
I just bought a box of double bubble Rolling on the floor laughing

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