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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Oct 21, 2016 12:26 PM CST
Curious if many have had a vole problem with their Hostas? Friend called and said that voles had been eating his hosta roots. I had never heard of that issue with voles and Hosta, looked it up and most definitely it does happen.
Wonder if any one has had this issue; what did you do to take care of the problem. Thx
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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Oct 24, 2016 6:30 AM CST
This is the first year I've noticed vole damage in my gardens. If I can catch the plants early enough, I just pot them up until they get a root system again. I guess I wasn't watching closely enough, though... think I lost 3 plants. I consider myself pretty lucky after reading the path of destruction they leave in other gardens.
OH (Zone 5a)
Oct 24, 2016 7:04 PM CST
Some people plant their hostas
1 still in pots in the ground.
2 wire baskets in the ground
3 spinout bags
4 sharp gravel in planting hole
5 NH Hosta Nursery has You Tube video of castor oil application

The key is supposed to be that the rim of any of these methods stays an inch or so above ground. Seems voles don't like to be above soil.

Best of luck

You can google hosta vole control.
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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Feb 28, 2017 8:50 PM CST
I've heard a number of people recommend wire baskets that you can get at a $ store. If necessary so they look better, spray paint them green or brown and plant the hosta in them with the edge of the basket about an inch above soil level.

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at:

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