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ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
1:30 PM

Post #8992361

As a result of a discussion in the thread "Remember Me", I've started a new thread in which we can post pics and talk about those hostas which have survived the slugs well in our gardens.

I'll start with the one in question - 'Remember Me'. This was taken at the end of August last year in what was a BAD slug year. You'll see that 'Patriot' to the left and 'Invincible' to the right both have holes in the leaves. RM survived quite well.

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
1:32 PM

Post #8992366

Another which did well - 'Rainbow's End' taken August 27. Note the condition of the 3 hostas surrounding it.

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
1:33 PM

Post #8992367

'Rainforest Sunrise' on August 9

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
1:35 PM

Post #8992373

'Restless Sea' August 27 had SOME damage, but not a lot.

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
1:37 PM

Post #8992375

'Ripple Effect' - August 9 virtually no damage. Actually, pretty well all of the 'Halcyon-June' family survived well.

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
1:38 PM

Post #8992376

'Rootin Tootin' on August 9. I pretty well stopped taking pictures this year after Aug. 9 with only a few exceptions.

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
1:41 PM

Post #8992379

'Stained Glass' - Aug 9 - held up pretty well - note the plants around it.

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lovemyhouse
(Debra) Garland, TX

February 2, 2012
1:45 PM

Post #8992388

So go for the ones that start with "R"! :-) Thank you. I have Patriot, June, American Sweetheart, Blue Mouse Ears, and Mighty Mouse. Slugs like all, but are slowest to chomp down on the June.

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
1:45 PM

Post #8992389

'Touch of Class' - Aug. 9 - no slug damage. But the plant was misshapen because I dropped a spade onto it in the spring.

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
1:48 PM

Post #8992391

'Alligator Shoes' - Aug 9

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
1:50 PM

Post #8992397

I'm back to the beginning of the alphabet now. Have my hosta pics in 4 alphabetic folders. Because I had recently posted 'Remember Me', it opened to the last one of the alphabet.

'Avalanche' did reasonably well.

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
1:51 PM

Post #8992398

'Blue Ivory' Aug. 9 - just a baby, but once again in the 'June' family.

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
1:53 PM

Post #8992400

'Christmas Pageant' - another young plant but it survived the slugs well.

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
1:54 PM

Post #8992405

For a mini hosta, 'Country Mouse' did well. Again, Aug. 9. Actually, this is not part of the mouse ears family, but that whole family did well too.

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
1:55 PM

Post #8992406

'Cutting Edge' on Aug. 9 showed almost no damage.

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
1:56 PM

Post #8992408

'Emerald Ruff Cut' on Aug. 3 was also doing well.

More later. Have to eat dinner and get out to a handbell rehearsal.

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
4:07 PM

Post #8992526

Ann, what's that hosta behind 'Cutting Edge' with the green center and wide chartreuse margins?

I wish I could contribute to this discussion, but [[knocks wood real hard]] I haven't had a slug problem here. I do find the occasional earwig, though. I have never had a Swiss-cheesed hosta. Hopefully, things will stay that way.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

February 2, 2012
5:01 PM

Post #8992583

You are very lucky KaylyRed, I also would like to know what is behind Cutting Edge and also the one beyond it with the beige and green, (only three leaves) and looks like it is reaching for the sky.

My Stained Glass did really well too, especially considering how thin the leaves are. I thought the slugs would have turned it into a salad bar.

My Rainforest Sunrise is just a slug, I mean plug, sorry, but when I see a big one I get excited. :)
I really like that Rainbow's End too.

My most slug resistant hosta is Loyalist, this hosta is tuff. Stayed beautiful and had good growth rate. Very happy with this one.

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:13 PM

Post #8992595

The hostas behind 'Cutting Edge' are 'Gemini Moon' with the chartreuse edges and the one with three leaves is a dud of a 'Lakeside Cupcake'.

Back from bell practice.

More hostas. 'Fireworks' held up pretty well last year - this photo from Aug. 9

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:14 PM

Post #8992597

'First Frost' did pretty well. This is located in one of the most slug-filled parts of my garden. Aug. 9

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:15 PM

Post #8992601

'fortunei Aureomarginata' never gets bothered much by slugs. Aug. 9

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:18 PM

Post #8992605

'Full Moon' hiding under 'Regal Splendor' has thick leaves. Got a bit muddy because I never got new mulch in the garden last year. Also Aug. 9

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:20 PM

Post #8992609

'Great Expectations' had little or no slug damage. Aug. 9

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:21 PM

Post #8992610

'Halcyon' - Aug. 9

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:22 PM

Post #8992615

'High Society' - Aug. 27 - again - 'June' family

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:23 PM

Post #8992616

'Ice Age Trail' - Aug. 9 Thick leaves though it's not as streaky as is once was.

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:25 PM

Post #8992617

'June' - Aug 9

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:26 PM

Post #8992624

Another 'June', also Aug. 9 - gets less light here. Notice how much bluer it is.

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:28 PM

Post #8992625

'Liberty' - Aug 9

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

February 2, 2012
5:29 PM

Post #8992627

Love that 'Great Expectations', always a welcome sight. I have three of these 'Sea Thunder' and they did real good for a thin leaf.

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ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:29 PM

Post #8992630

'Lonesome Dove' - Aug. 9

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:31 PM

Post #8992631

'Orange Marmalade' has held up quite well. Aug. 9

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:32 PM

Post #8992632

My 'Patriot' held up pretty well, but not as well as 'Remember Me' - Aug. 9

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:33 PM

Post #8992633

'Paul's Glory' - Aug. 9

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:33 PM

Post #8992634

'Peppermint Ice' was still looking good Aug. 9

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ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:34 PM

Post #8992635

'Praying Hands' held up well. Aug. 9

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

February 2, 2012
5:34 PM

Post #8992636

I really like 'Lakeside Cupcake' he is so cute. Probably takes his time getting started. I think I heard this hosta laughing at a slug! He is tuff an nails and has a good sun tolerance. :) 'Tom Schmid'

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ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:37 PM

Post #8992639

The last one I'll show you is 'Punky'. Also Aug. 9 and this one is also in one of the worst areas of my garden for slugs.

As I said at the start, 2011 was a bad year for slugs. I have many others that showed only a bit of damage and then I have those that were in tatters at the end of July.

Ann

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

February 2, 2012
5:39 PM

Post #8992643

Love 'Peppermint Ice' got that one near the top of my wish list.

This one has good sun tolerance and laughs at slugs. :) 'Brother Stefan"

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ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:39 PM

Post #8992644

Nice 'Sea Thunder' and your 'LK Cupcake' looks totally different from mine. As I said, I think I've got a dud.

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:40 PM

Post #8992646

My 'Brother Stefan' did pretty well but showed SOME slug damage.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

February 2, 2012
5:42 PM

Post #8992648

'PAUL'S GLORY' very easy to grow, never complains about anything! Certainly not slugs. :)

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

February 2, 2012
5:43 PM

Post #8992652

OK, Ann, I will keep my eye on 'Brother Stephan". Thanks.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

February 2, 2012
5:55 PM

Post #8992663

I don't have 'Lakeside Cupcake', yet! I think I ordered one. I said yours was cute.

'KOMODO DRAGON' did not have any problems, so far.

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

March 6, 2012
12:16 PM

Post #9032282

[quote="ViolaAnn"]The hostas behind 'Cutting Edge' are 'Gemini Moon' with the chartreuse edges and the one with three leaves is a dud of a 'Lakeside Cupcake'.

Back from bell practice.

More hostas. 'Fireworks' held up pretty well last year - this photo from Aug. 9[/quote]

Don't know how I missed this one, it sure is beautiful. I ordered a White Christmas, do you know how slug resistant is that hosta?

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

March 6, 2012
2:23 PM

Post #9032428

It's not wonderful.

Looked great in June - first pic

By mid-July, it was getting a bit holey - second pic

Last pic is from August 9. It was a very bad slug year last year and I took very few pics after Aug. 9

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

March 6, 2012
3:16 PM

Post #9032504

That is Fireworks right? So, sorry to hear this, I love this hosta. I wonder if it would be better to put it in a pot? I hate slugs. :((

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

March 6, 2012
8:00 PM

Post #9032794

Oops. NO, That's 'White Christmas'. That's what I get for reading fast. I don't grow 'Fireworks'.

Edited in June 2013 to say I don't know what I was talking about above, because I've had 'Fireworks' for several years. It grows virtually not at all, but I think there's a pic of it above somewhere.

This message was edited Jun 23, 2013 3:43 PM

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

March 7, 2012
5:50 AM

Post #9033058

Ok, that's fine I needed to know about 'White Christmas' also, just ordered it and I am excited. Really a beautiful Hosta, might require a little extra work to keep them slugs away.
chuck7701
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 7, 2012
8:16 AM

Post #9033202

Slugs are no problem if you use Sluggo or similar iron phosphate (IP) products the right way. I have had no slug or snail problems in years.

Sluggo (and similar products) primary ingredient is iron phosphate. Naturally occurring, non-poisonous and very effective. You can buy it online much more economically in 5, 10 & 25 pound bags. If the ingredients says metaldehyde, then it is poisonous to animals and people.

The best way to apply is to water down the areas in the evening to draw those buggers out, then make the first broadcast a liberal dose, particularly in the areas where they hide during the day, like mulch and leaf piles, lumber, rock areas, foundation areas, etc. Don't forget to throw some over your neighbors fence! Dose your hostas and flower beds as well.

Then - you must followup every 7 days for two more sessions with lighter doses. Any fresh eggs will take up to 14 days to hatch. It takes about three days for them to die off after they've munched on the bait. The IP disrupts their digestive system and they slowly die off.

After that, a monthly maintenance and preventative dose works, or at the next slug sighting.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

March 7, 2012
11:54 AM

Post #9033430

I hear you! I use the liquid stuff called 'Deadline' , I have never used sluggo because the squirrels pig-out on it. Do you have squirrels? I don't know if it is allowed in Canada or not. :/ I will let Ann fill you in.

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

March 7, 2012
5:23 PM

Post #9033859

virginiarose - I have been lucky in my placement of WC and it has grown well for me, but it doesn't for everyone. In my garden, it's on the south side of a large oak tree and not too far from the street; so it gets some morning sun. But you might have to move it around some to get a place it really likes and it might be more temperamental in your zone than in mine. Good luck with it. I really like mine and in most years it isn't bothered too much by slugs.

I doubt very much that deadline is allowed at least in Ontario. We have a general pesticide ban.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

March 7, 2012
6:19 PM

Post #9033937

So, how do you deal with the slug population. Is it a big problem where you live or do you just go with slug resistant hostas. Most of mine are slug resistant, good thing because I usually forget to put the stuff down. Don't know about sluggo but, whatever method, seems like a good idea to water down and draw them out. Do you use beer cups or salt?
I am real excited about the WC and I will try to find a nice dappled sun spot.
chuck7701
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 7, 2012
7:22 PM

Post #9034026

Sluggo is non toxic to humans. You could eat a teaspoon or more and it would have no effect. I don't have that many squirrels, but I've never seen them eating on it around here. I swear by the stuff and have rarely seen a slug or snail the past six years, except when I don't follow a maintenance schedule. I have over 2,000 sq ft of flower beds, large oak shade trees, leaf piles, rock borders, and I usually put down 9-12 yards of mulch every spring. I should have a million of them with all the hiding places and available food for them.

The iron phosphate (IP) occurs naturally in the soil, just not in high enough quantity to affect slugs, snails and other creatures of the dark lagoon... When the pellets dissolve it just goes into the soil as an amendment.

Before I got into hostas, I planted lots of marigolds only to see them taken out in days by slugs. I tried dozens of beer cups throughout the yard at first and was only moderately successful at containing the population until I learned about the IP solution. They were the nastiest things to deal with in the heat of the summer when time came to empty them. It only partially solved my slug problem. Salt doesn't necessarily kill them, it just makes them emit gobs of slime to throw off the salt if not contained, only to return later with a voracious appetite.
chuck7701
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 7, 2012
7:29 PM

Post #9034033

Funny story, well, maybe somewhat funny about slugs and my vendetta against them. It's not just about eating my plants.

When I first started working on the wife's yard before we were married, we were on the back porch sitting out having a beer. I set my beer down on the patio, and in less than five minutes, picked it up to take a sip. Suffice to say my lips did not contact a metal surface. Needless to say, beer went everywhere in my disgusting response.

Since then, they are my #1 enemy in the yard. I can allow a lot of bugs that may do some damage, but not slugs, ever again.



virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

March 7, 2012
7:48 PM

Post #9034058

Oh!! How gross!! You found out they like beer, huh? The hard way, hehehehe. :) I would like to try the sluggo but I was looking online and it is 149.99 for 40 pounds?? Does that sound right, Jeepers! Actually the slugs are not bothering me as much as a little rabbit, he ate my monkey grass last year and nibbled a few hostas. I was looking for a repellent when I saw the Sluggo. Do you have Rabbits? The squirrels wont bother the sluggo or bird seed if you simply give them something of their own to eat. I found something that has almost twice as much iron phosphate as Sluggo and it's called Slug Magic, check out this website, interesting stuff. Let me know if any of this stuff or anything that will repel the rabbit. Someone on other forum suggested Liquid Fence but I don't see any for Rabbits.


http://www.arbico-organics.com/product/Slug-Magic/pest-solver-guide-slugs-snails

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

March 7, 2012
7:55 PM

Post #9034067

One year I handpicked about 1500 slugs out of my garden (I counted) and dumped them into a jar of salty water. That was actually BEFORE I got into hostas.

Most years I treat the whole garden early on and maybe a couple of times through the year with an ammonia-water solution. Get it on early and it will take out the eggs and babies. And I have a spray bottle with ammonia-water and soap solution which I use at night sometimes. That also works on earwigs.
chuck7701
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 7, 2012
8:11 PM

Post #9034088


Virginiarose - that's not a bad price for Sluggo per pound in bulk. Retail is around $7-10 per one pound jar at your local retail or garden center when you can find it. Twenty five pounds lasted me for almost five years, and I was also treating other yards. It doesn't take a lot to treat your beds and yard. I suspect 1-2 pounds for the initial heavy dose for a 1-1500 sq ft of beds. I bought five pounds two years ago and still have half the jar left.

For rabbits and deer - try spraying your plants with Tabasco Sauce... works like a charm. They won't come near your plants. Only problem is you have to reapply after a rain or watering.

Use about one teaspoon to one gallon of water. Spray the plants and the soil/bed around them. One whiff or nibble and they high tail it out of there. Keep up the regimen and they'll learn not to come back. Used to have a rabbit problem as well, but the population has also been reduced with development.

Never tried the ammonia water solution, but can only assume is hard to get into cracks and under moist areas they hide in.

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

March 8, 2012
12:15 PM

Post #9034805

Not when you pour it on the plant - best used before they unfurl.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

March 10, 2012
2:29 AM

Post #9036533

Thanks very much for the tips, I will try the sluggo later but for now I must get rid of the rabbit, I bought some blood-meal last fall then found it was a fertilizer and I did not want to over fertilize. The tobasco sounds wonderful which is what I was going to do before the man at the feed and seed talked me into buying the blood-meal.
Also I might add that I have been adding Cheyenne pepper to my bird seed for years. Keeps the squirrels away or should I say running.

Ann. I would like to know more about the ammonia, especially if it will get rid of eggs and earwigs, I cannot believe you hand picked all those slugs, I just cannot touch them, I start gagging. :( Could you tell me how much ammonia to add to the bottle, the soap would be to make it cling?
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

March 10, 2012
3:54 AM

Post #9036556

Virginiarose,
Our yard is fenced but still had rabbits so I animal proof it by putting chicken wires just at the lower third of the fence and it help unless DH forget to close the gate. I tried everything under the sun and nothing helped!!!

As far as slugs I find them once in awhile but not bad. I do go out with a flashlight and salt after it rains.

It is almost time to get very busy. i hope you can visit.

Belle

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

March 10, 2012
1:57 PM

Post #9037182

Me too!! I got a lot of stuff coming, hosta's only about 25, some i got two or three of the same so maybe we can trade a few. The rest of the plants I ordered are Butterfly Plants, Bulbs, Coneflowers. Got big plans for this yard! :)

Eleven

Eleven
Royal Oak, MI
(Zone 6a)

March 16, 2012
5:04 AM

Post #9044640

Bellie and rose, have you tried milorganite for the rabbits? I have hundreds of evil squirrels that dig up anything newly planted, as well as a family of rabbits that ate all my lilies one year. Last spring, I started sprinkling a little milorganite around anything new I put in the ground and had no issues with the squirrels or rabbits. It's a low dose fertilizer often used for lawns. I'm not worried about over fertilizing because the only other thing I use around my hostas is mushroom compost and local compost.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2012
5:09 PM

Post #9045362

Thank you for the information Eleven, Milorganite was the first thing I tried and it didn't seem to have any effect. Then the man at the feed and seed sold me Bloodmeal and I did not use because I was afraid of over fertilizing. So the milorganite was the only fertilizer they (the hostas) got. Part of my problem probably was that I was afraid of over fertilizing, I might not apply as often as I should have. You think it is ok as long as it is the only thing you are using? (fertilizer)
chuck7701
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 20, 2012
4:56 PM

Post #9050587

The Slug Magic link you provided above is the same thing - 1.9% Iron Phosphate. Try it.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

March 21, 2012
4:09 AM

Post #9051061

Yes, I will chuck, it seems more affordable than the sluggo, probably a smaller container, but I think it has almost twice as much Iron Phosphate. The Sluggo was only 1.0% Might work better huh?
chuck7701
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 21, 2012
8:42 AM

Post #9051348

Yes the stronger amount might be better, but they have to feed on it regardless. The smaller container will cost more than bulk for sure. The iron phosphate is the better way to go versus toxic metaldehyde products for sure.
mccaine
Wilmington, NC
(Zone 8a)

March 21, 2012
1:53 PM

Post #9051668

[quote="chuck7701"]Funny story, well, maybe somewhat funny about slugs and my vendetta against them. It's not just about eating my plants.

When I first started working on the wife's yard before we were married, we were on the back porch sitting out having a beer. I set my beer down on the patio, and in less than five minutes, picked it up to take a sip. Suffice to say my lips did not contact a metal surface. Needless to say, beer went everywhere in my disgusting response.

Since then, they are my #1 enemy in the yard. I can allow a lot of bugs that may do some damage, but not slugs, ever again.



[/quote]
How do you sleep, Chuck? I'd have nightmares Sooo nasty!
mccaine
Wilmington, NC
(Zone 8a)

March 21, 2012
1:56 PM

Post #9051677

[quote="Eleven"]Bellie and rose, have you tried milorganite for the rabbits? I have hundreds of evil squirrels that dig up anything newly planted, as well as a family of rabbits that ate all my lilies one year. Last spring, I started sprinkling a little milorganite around anything new I put in the ground and had no issues with the squirrels or rabbits. It's a low dose fertilizer often used for lawns. I'm not worried about over fertilizing because the only other thing I use around my hostas is mushroom compost and local compost.
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Voles have eaten the roots of many young plants. Would this work on them?

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

March 21, 2012
5:16 PM

Post #9051954

Are Voles the ones that eat grubs that are in the ground?? If so then why not grub killer. Take away their food supply and they can go to your neighbors yard.
mccaine
Wilmington, NC
(Zone 8a)

March 22, 2012
5:24 AM

Post #9052451

No, moles eat grubs. Voles are vegetarian and eat roots. They are so infuriating! You can't see any sign of damage until it's already been done and you notice your young Japanese Maples laying on the ground with no roots system at at all.
chuck7701
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 22, 2012
8:10 AM

Post #9052643

So glad we don't have the moles/voles problems down in my area. In outer suburban and rural areas we have our fair share of garden destroying critters, but there are ways to manage the rabbits, deer, armadillos and other critters.

Sounds like they are worse than slugs. Eradication or prevention seems to be a real problem. I'll take the slugs/snails any day, at least I can control or get rid of them easily.

Eleven

Eleven
Royal Oak, MI
(Zone 6a)

March 22, 2012
9:38 AM

Post #9052734

@ mccaine, I don't know whether milorganite would deter voles. I can actually smell the milorganite and assume that's how it acts as a deterrent; the question then becomes whether the voles could smell it from underground.

@ virginiarose, how often were you thinking to apply the milorganite and in what qualtities? I think most people only fertilize a few times a season. I didn't worry because I only sprinkled some granules around my newly buried plants. I've read that you especially watch to avoid over-fertilizing with nitrogen (because it can burn plants) and phosphorous (because the excess can move in groundwater runoff). Neither of these worries applies to milorganite. I would try sprinkling some around your tastiest plants and see if it works as a deterrent.

http://www.milorganite.com/home/faqs.cfm
http://www.ehow.com/info_12127129_milorganite-repel-deer.html

Eleven

Eleven
Royal Oak, MI
(Zone 6a)

March 22, 2012
9:43 AM

Post #9052744

@ chuck, I just have a family of rampaging bunnies that likes to shop for produce in my yard and a few hundred evil squirrels that love to dig. The hawks, chipmunks, possums, and raccoons leave the greenery alone. No slugs, voles, moles, deer or armadillos to cause any damage!

I'll report back in the fall how well the milorganite kept my plants intact.
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

March 22, 2012
11:15 AM

Post #9052855

I am convinced that there are different types of slugs and snais and not all things work on all of them (excluding the really toxic stuff that many of us can't or don't want to use). I found Sluggo completely ineffective in my garden. I watched many a slug bypass the sluggo in favor of hosta foliage. A client of mine used to get huge amounts of Sluggo from the manufacturer and she would make mountains of it around her hosta. Still, her plants got eaten. Beer also does not work on the type I have in my garden. The only thing that works for me is luring them with lettuce leaves and hunting them during the early morning and evening with diluted ammonia in a spray bottle. Its more hands on that I would like, but it works.

I was working in the garden yesterday and came in to find a baby slug crawling on my scalp!!!! So gross. They are the bane of my existence.

As for the hosta I have the best luck with, I would have to say Tokudama Flavocircinalis. That one seems to be the least attractive to them.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

March 22, 2012
2:16 PM

Post #9053076

Those voles would drive me crazy.


This message was edited Jun 23, 2013 3:51 PM
seedy1
Bessemer, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 23, 2013
12:15 PM

Post #9570035

I need help ASAP on my Hostas. I am fairly new at growing them. Have about 50 varieties now and just am beginning to notice a dropping of the leaves right at the base of the plant. The plant will be fine one day then next morning I can literally just pick up the leaves and they are looking as though they have been chewed off at the base of each leaf. What is going on here? PLEASE...any advice? I have never seen any slugs in my yard but have had a neighbor cat to leave a dead vole here and there in my yard, could that be my problem. Do they just nibble the leaf at the base and call it a day? I must save my "babies". I really have enjoyed gaining this collection and want to keep adding to it. Thanks to all that might have an answer for me.

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2013
12:48 PM

Post #9570080

Seedy - this will get more attention if you start a new thread with this as a topic, but have you had a lot of rain? Do your hostas have good drainage? If not, I think you may be at risk for crown rot and I would consider lifting them and putting them in clay pots for the rest of the season.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

June 23, 2013
12:48 PM

Post #9570081

It might be rabbits, try sprinkeling Milorganite around the hostas. The cats and rabbits hate the smell and it is a good fertilizer. Low dose and slow release, no worries.
Rose1656
Oquawka, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2013
2:35 PM

Post #9570204

Seedy,

Do you see any orange looking balls at the base of the plant? If so, you have southern blight. Bayer has a product that works well for me. I keep a close eye on them this time of year and use the spray mixture at least twice a month on the hostas. You wouldn't think you could get sand too wet, but apparently you can! The product is called Bayer Disease Control. I also use a product called Daconil that is already premixed.

Rose
chuck7701
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2013
8:16 AM

Post #9573885

For deer and rabbits especially, perhaps even squirrels, try using Tabasco sauce at a rate of one tablespoon per gallon in a hose end or pump sprayer. Used regularly, the pepper scent offends their sense of smell and they back off, and may learn to avoid the area.

You need to reapply after a rain or watering, etc. Spray the general area around the plants as well to form a barrier. Ideally, mix other things like fertilizer, liquid seaweed, fish emulsion with the Tabasco and do two things at once. Don't know if the Tabasco would last long enough to soak deep enough into the soil and work for voles, but it might worth the experiment.

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