Hostas forum: Will these survive? (Whodunnit: Critter damage? Explicit herbicidal images!)

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Name: Jackie
Lake Lanier, GA (Heat Zone 7) (Zone 7b)
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GenXNEGeorgia
Jun 28, 2017 2:46 PM CST
So....these babies were doing great the last few weeks. Then, either last night or early this morning, a horrible act was committed. You'll see pictures of the before and after below and a few questions. It's a real whodunnit?! Shrug!

1) Who is the primary suspect? Deer and rabbit have been spotted in the area but there was no reason to question anyone until we've done a cursory investigation. (Suspects 1 and 2, as seen days before in the area. Rabbit suspects have been sighted but not captured on film)
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2) Will these poor victims survive? They were planted about a month ago, tops and doing well until, well....until this.
3) Has anyone had success with repellent? We picked up some Tomcat liquid concentrate, which seems to be comprised mostly of garlic, peppermint oil, and cinnamon oil.

Before (Hosta, Patriot)
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After:
Victim 1 (Left)
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Victim 2 (right)
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Please reply with any information you may have about possible suspects. Thank you for your cooperation. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jun 28, 2017 3:42 PM CST
Need more evidence for the trial or just lynch the ones in the photo? I say go get the rope. I do think all the hosta will survive and flourish.
Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Jun 28, 2017 4:58 PM CST
PlantSkydd works great for me, I rec it to a friend in Duluth, Ga...she said it has been working!
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
Name: Jackie
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GenXNEGeorgia
Jun 28, 2017 5:11 PM CST
@seedfork you have my DFH ROFL. While we'd like to preserve our good karma credit with nature, this act of aggression will not go unchecked.

We sprayed with "Liquid Fence" ( @crawgarden I will check out the product, thank you so much for the recommendation!!) but we have some perfect conditions for subsonic assault if that doesn't work Sticking tongue out

If I obtain any further evidence, I will share it with you. What I heard is the culprit can be determined based on the kind of bites. These would indicate rabbit. Mmmmm.....rabbit stew...... (free meat!) LOL

I might be a Yankee but I'm not above skinning a rabbit Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Jun 28, 2017 6:13 PM CST
I have a neighborly fox that comes and gets all of my lucky shots. It's called the circle of life! (Or maybe selfishly trying to enjoy my hostas)
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jun 28, 2017 6:16 PM CST
Check out the posts about using gain fabric softener also. That would be much cheaper and smell better.
Name: Jackie
Lake Lanier, GA (Heat Zone 7) (Zone 7b)
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GenXNEGeorgia
Jun 28, 2017 7:57 PM CST
I really appreciate everyone's advice. I also thought some of you might find this funny (or sad, depending on how you look at it)


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Name: aud/odd
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Cinta
Jul 23, 2017 10:36 PM CST
We know a Big city apartment resident sitting in their 20th floor apartment wrote that article. Rolling on the floor laughing

Please Daylily is every critters favorite. I did not get one bloom this year because the turkeys ate every bud in one day. I had a family of 15 in my yard,
Name: Jackie
Lake Lanier, GA (Heat Zone 7) (Zone 7b)
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GenXNEGeorgia
Jul 24, 2017 8:28 AM CST
Wow!! Sounds like you could have had Thanksgiving dinner for many years Rolling on the floor laughing

I couldn't believe it when I saw them say Daylilies were rabbit resistant. It's how we confirm the scary reality that people who know very little are giving advice!
A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. — Gertrude Jekyll
Name: aud/odd
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Cinta
Jul 24, 2017 11:01 AM CST
Turkeys are smart. They stay deep in the woods Oct until after Christmas,

Mom and Dad brought the children out to dinner. My address is posted some where as a five star eatery.

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Babies eating

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SpringGreenThumb
Jul 31, 2017 6:40 AM CST
My Deer and rabbits will bypass Hosta any day for a day lily bloom and Grape plant leaves.

I know if I see a daylily bloom early in the morning I have to grab a quick picture because it will be eaten by noon.
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Name: Jackie
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GenXNEGeorgia
Jul 31, 2017 7:29 AM CST
After this horrible crime took place, only one of victims [hostas] is making a comeback. Is it possible the other one will recover and come back next year or should I go ahead and assume it is dead now and replace it (or will time only tell)?

Thanks to all of you who have humored me with my ridiculous puns. I try to keep it light when weird/bad things happen because, well, what else can I do? Shrug! Hilarious!
A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. — Gertrude Jekyll
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Jul 31, 2017 9:49 AM CST
I would put money on it's ability to make a come back! If there are roots/rhizome there is hope.
Name: aud/odd
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Cinta
Jul 31, 2017 10:56 AM CST
Yep it will return. They eat mine every year.
Name: aud/odd
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Cinta
Jul 31, 2017 10:59 AM CST
Yep it will return. They eat mine every year. All I have is stems not a leaf left this year. We had so much rain I could not keep up with the spraying to keep them away. The rain just washed it away,
Name: Jackie
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GenXNEGeorgia
Jul 31, 2017 2:23 PM CST
Thank You! That's good; I would hate to have to replace these every year!
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SpringGreenThumb
Aug 1, 2017 9:45 AM CST
Deer at my Orange Marmalade to the stems last spring. It took 3 months to put out 3 new leaves.
Name: Jackie
Lake Lanier, GA (Heat Zone 7) (Zone 7b)
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GenXNEGeorgia
Aug 1, 2017 1:17 PM CST
SpringGreenThumb said:Deer at my Orange Marmalade to the stems last spring. It took 3 months to put out 3 new leaves.


Thank You! for the hope -- it's been about a month, so I'll try to be patient! D'Oh!
A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. — Gertrude Jekyll
Name: aud/odd
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Cinta
Aug 1, 2017 1:35 PM CST
I have showed this one a lot of times.
I moved my hostas when I purchased my new house. The old house I sold the realtor said people did not like big gardens and to make them smaller.

I had hostas that were so big I had to move with a dolly.
I was so happy to see my Sum & Sub planted in its new home. A 8 yrs hosta 4 ft wide and 4 ft high
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Went to bed got up the next morning, cup of tea in hand ready to walk through my new gardens,
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I moved hundreds of hostas. The deer ate them all in one night. This Sum and Substance was my largest hosta.

Every year for the last 8 yrs eventually by Sept they start to eat them because I stop spraying and by that time they are not looking good so I let them eat. This year we had so much rain I could not keep up with the spraying so they ate them early this year.

But......they come back every year big and strong.


Name: Jackie
Lake Lanier, GA (Heat Zone 7) (Zone 7b)
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GenXNEGeorgia
Aug 2, 2017 10:39 AM CST
Wow -- you endure such heartache!!! Sad

But thanks for the reassurance!!
A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. — Gertrude Jekyll

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