Hostas are being eaten - Knowledgebase Question

Buckingham, PA
Question by maudsleymj
July 3, 2007
Something's eating the young hostas I just planted. Not sure if its rabbits or what. What should I use to stop the creatures? I've heard Liquid Fence can be used, if so, where can I purchase it?


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Answer from NGA
July 3, 2007

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There are several animals that might eat hostas including rabbits, woodchucks, and especially deer. (Slugs will also eat hostas. They are nocturnal but leave heind a silvery trail. Slugs can be controlled using an iron-phosphate based bait.) The animals can sometimes be repelled using a granular or spray-on product labeled for the specific animal that is causing the problem. There are several different brands on the market such as Liquid Fence, Hinder and Shake-Away, etc. Some gardeners also report success using Milorganite or dried blood sprinkled on the soil between the plants. Please check directly with your local stores to see if they have any of these in stock on hand. Unfortunately I have no way to check that for you. Good luck with your hostas!

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