Rabbits or some varmint chewing leaves off my Hosta plants....?
suggestions to discourage this behavior? My Hostas need help, please!
- GloryLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
It is probably slugs, I have them making holes in mine.
- BobKatLv 51 decade ago
Slugs love to chew on hosta leaves. Hosta leaves often touch the ground and are easily reached by slugs.
Slugs thrive in moist, shady conditions. They like to hide under
debris, under plants that offer the deep shade they love, and
under logs or rock piles.
You can use their attraction to shade to trap slugs. Set out
boards, shingles or damp newspaper in the garden overnight. The
slugs will see this as a new place to hide. In the morning lift
the boards or newspaper, collect the slugs that have gathered
beneath it and drop them into a container of soapy water. Do this
for several nights and the slug population will be significantly
Another simple way to eliminate slugs is to use ordinary household
ammonia. Add 2 ½ cups of ammonia to a gallon jug, then fill the
jug with water. Spray this solution at dusk when the slugs are
active. Be especially careful to spray under the leaves and on
the ground beneath the plants where slugs hang out. If you're
using boards or wet newspapers to catch slugs you can also spray
this solution on the slugs that have gathered overnight. The
spray will kill slugs on contact, and since ammonia is a source
of nitrogen, the spray will also give your plants a little boost.
When spraying the ammonia solution, be careful to not get it in
your eyes.Source(s): http://freeplants.com/
- 1 decade ago
Buy a spray repellent. There are several available. Check with your local garden store, Lowe's, Home Depotalso. Deer love Hostas. But most repellents will discourage most critters. Good luck!!
- 1 decade ago
i would guess it's rabbits.
i've been told that sprinkling moth balls around areas you want to protect will help.