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Louisville, Kentucky
Mar 2, 2018 9:33 PM CST
Very new to gardening so forgive my ignorance.

I planted a lot of hostas last year. I made the the mistake of not really making a bed and the grass grew around them and was difficult to cut and avoid the hostas. So, I cut them down with the mower last fall and need to figure out what to do for this year. I figure I can't really till the area to make a bed without digging up the hostas. Should I just mulch the area and hope the hostas come up through the mulch and the grass doesn't or just till the area and start over? Thanks !
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Mar 2, 2018 9:44 PM CST

Wait for the Hostas to start to grow (so you know where they are) and then dig them up. I had to do that a couple years ago when I planted my Hostas too close to the walkway.
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Louisville, Kentucky
Mar 2, 2018 9:49 PM CST
Thanks for the response. In retrospect, I'm not sure why I didn't think of that.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Mar 2, 2018 9:53 PM CST
Hi and welcome to NGA!

Here's another way if you want to keep them there. This post I wrote a few years ago might be your answer.

Here is what I would do. Mark out the borders of the bed you wish to make around the hosta. Let the hosta start to come up and grow until you are sure where they are - I'd let them get to be about 3 - 4 inches high. While you're waiting for them to grow you can let the grass grow or take some scissors and cut the grass around the hosta if it's looking to messy. Once the hosta are tall enough to know exactly where they are, start at the perimeter of your border and start removing the grass with a bread knife. I'd stay a minimum of 2 inches away from the hosta until you have removed the rest of the grass then remove the rest by hand.
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Louisville, Kentucky
Mar 3, 2018 11:02 PM CST
Another great idea. Thanks.

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