hostas - Knowledgebase Question

allegan, Mi
Question by msvroe
May 13, 2008
Something is eating the leaves on my hostas. what do i use to stop and prevent this.

Answer from NGA
May 13, 2008


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.

Good luck with your hostas!

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