Rabbits or some varmint chewing leaves off my Hosta plants....?

suggestions to discourage this behavior? My Hostas need help, please!

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  • Glory
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    It is probably slugs, I have them making holes in mine.

  • BobKat
    Lv 5
    1 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

    reduced.

    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.

  • 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.

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