How do I stop my hostas being eaten?


How do I stop my hostas being eaten?

A There are a few ways to stop slugs eating your hostas. You can surround them with a ring of crushed eggshells, which are too sharp for the slugs to crawl over. You can bury beer traps too. Fill some small containers with beer and bury them in the soil, so they are level with the surface.

What can I put on my plants to keep groundhogs away?

Lavender and other plants with strong odors can keep groundhogs away. Groundhogs dislike the smell of herbs such as mint, sage, basil, rosemary, thyme, chives, and oregano.

What animal is eating my hostas?

Deer, rabbits, groundhogs, even wild turkey are also often responsible for hosta damage. I would suggest a green wire cage over the area. Make it just large enough to allow the hostas to get off to a good start.

Why are my hostas being eaten?

Hostas are attractive to pests as well That’s true but they are also attractive to a number of pests which strip leaves and nibble holes in the foliage. Culprits include slugs, snails, deer, rabbits, voles and field mice.

How do you tell what is eating my hostas?

Essentially when bugs are eating hostas, slugs or snails are usually to blame. These nighttime foragers are probably considered the most common of hosta pests, eating small holes in the leaves. Silvery colored slime or snail trail throughout the garden area is a good indication of their presence.

Will hostas grow back after being eaten?

Will Hostas Come Back After Deer Eat Them? Yes! Luckily for most of us, hostas will come back even if deer munch on them. In case your plant has recently undergone a deer attack, cut it right back on the ground.

What can I put on my hostas to keep slugs away?

Create a barrier of abrasive material such as crushed eggshells, sand, wood shavings, diatomaceous earth, hair or ash around your hostas. Keep these materials dry and replenish them after it rains. Take care using diatomaceous earth as it may damage your lungs if breathed; use a face mask when applying it.

What animals eat hostas at night?


  • Deer love munching on hosta leaves, leaving just the stalks.
  • Rabbits and squirrels rarely eat hostas, although rabbits may nibble their tender shoots in the spring.
  • The bugs most likely to eat hostas are slugs and snails, who prefer to feed at night.

What does slug damage look like on hostas?

How Do You Tell If Slugs Are Eating Hostas? The most common way to tell if you have a slug problem is having tiny holes in the foliage, specifically the leaves. The holes can be from small to large in size and will have irregular shapes. When the slug population is large, the damage done can be quite considerable.

Should I cut damaged hosta leaves?

Unfortunately, as unsightly as they are, damaged Hosta leaves should not be removed until after the killing frosts of autumn arrive. One should then remove the dead, unsightly foliage and destroy it. The good news is, next spring, beautiful new Hosta leaves will emerge with no holes!

What happens if you don’t cut back hostas?

Hostas will flatten out and get mushy after they have been frosted a few times — that is when I would clean them up. While it is a good idea to cut back hostas in very late fall, I often run out of time and do not cut them back until spring with no harmful effects.

Will coffee grounds keep slugs away from hostas?

Coffee grounds are sometimes recommended to help repel slugs to prevent them eating hosta leaves.

Will vinegar get rid of groundhogs?

Mix ammonia with washing detergent, vinegar, hot pepper and soap and pour the mixture down each hole. This may have to be repeated for a few days until the groundhogs go away.

Will squirrels eat hostas?

Squirrels may dig up hosta roots or young, tender, recently planted hostas. To stop squirrels from digging, install a layer of hardware mesh just under the soil surface. Lightly scrape away the first inch or so of soil and place the mesh around the hosta. Re-cover with the soil and mulch.

Will hostas regrow if cut back?

If you have even been so unfortunate to have your hostas visited by deer during the growing season, you are probably well aware that even when they munch down the plant to within inches of the ground, the hosta will regrow its foliage time and time again. This is important to remember for late summer and fall care.

How do I keep squirrels and rabbits from eating my hostas?

  1. Sprinkle your young hosta plants with baby powder.
  2. Shake garlic salt over older plants.
  3. Place sweet gum seed pods in a circle around hosta seedlings.
  4. Plant garlic and wormwood plants around the area of your yard containing the hosta plants.
  5. Fence around your hostas with rabbit-proof fencing.