How to prevent holes in hosta and rhododendron leaves in the spring?

Question by chic45: How to prevent holes in hosta and rhododendron leaves in the spring?

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Answer by PeaceonEarth
The holes are caused by slugs or snails in hostas depending where you live. I don’t have snails where I live but do have slugs.

I bought a large roll of Copper mesh that I can cut into different size lengths to fit around the bottom of the plant. It doesn’t take a very long piece to make this work and it is quick and it lasts for many years.

Copper repeals these little guys and you don’t need to use any chemicals to poison the earth and our drinking water.

Lee Valley Tool carries this wonderful product. They have 3 different catalogs they can send you and one is all about gardening supplies and yard related items.

Another great inexpensive an organic way is to use diaotamais earth. (Sorry I know I didn’t spell that right my “dog chewed up my dictionary”) You can sprinkle this on the ground and on all your plants.

I live in the western mountains of NC where rhododendrons are a native plant here so we have no bug problems with this plant. This is why I live to plant mostly native plants to my area.
Not many problems.

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One Response to “How to prevent holes in hosta and rhododendron leaves in the spring?”

  1. Linda says:

    Slugs are a nasty problem. If you live near any of the Great Lakes go to the beach and get Zebra Mussel
    Shells and spread around your hosta. Zebramussels shells are very sharp and it cuts the slugs.

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