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Name: Susan
Silver Lake NY 14549 and Hilto
Aug 16, 2017 5:50 PM CST
I purchased a beautiful cottage a number of years ago that was surrounded by what I thought were lovely hosta plants. During the intervening years I split them as they were becoming crowded and the crowding led to an over abundance of snails and slugs. I tried removing and gifting the removed orphans while replacing them with tougher leaved hosta plants. The original plants have become the bane of my existence. They have crowded out my newer hosta plants to the point smothering them. I have allowed plenty of space and yet the original hostas spring up everywhere..they seem to be as aggressive as bindweed or loosestrife. The dilemma is that when I dig out the aggressive type , my wonderful husband gets aggravated and feels I am destroying a perfectly good plant. He then replants the cast offs in a new area which they then take over. Please don't hate me but is there some simple way to just make them DIE.....but not have it look like I did it....we have a wonderful relationship but these hostas are driving me up the wall. I am not making this up. Any suggestions???
Name: greene
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Aug 16, 2017 6:15 PM CST
Let me understand, please.
You want to kill the Hosta plants? and you do not want to get rid of the snails and slugs? Am I understanding correctly?
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Name: Rj
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Aug 16, 2017 6:37 PM CST
Thinking you may have Hosta Clausa which spreads by a rhizomatous nature which makes the width of this hosta infinite. They should be blooming now, purple/dark red flowers that do not open.
Does this look like your hosta?

Hosta (Hosta clausa)
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Name: Sandy B.
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Aug 16, 2017 7:18 PM CST
LOL, Susan -- laughing because my husband seems to be trying to kill off things that I want to keep (inadvertently, he claims...).

I would dig up those unwanted hostas and put them in an opaque garbage bag and into the garbage can. They're plants, not kittens. Big Grin
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