May 22, 2018

Hosta help

Greetings.  I know many of you are gardeners with vast knowledge.  I don't have a green thumb, it's brown from chocolate.  Today I noticed that one of the Blue Angels is damaged and thought I might trouble you for your thoughts. 
The furled new growth has been chewed half way down, the leaf directly behind, and half of the leaf in front.  I thought it may be the deer, but this is only one area that is further back from the more accessible leaves.  No prints in the soggy ground either.  I did not see a caterpillar or large insect, but I didn't want to delve deeper into the plant and find a spider.   What should I look for?  This is in the middle of the row, no other damage.
Any thoughts?
We're having two good weather days at the end of the week so I called the painter and .... oh no.  He hired new people.  Another business that can't depend on employees and does not tolerate drug use.  So I am pretty damn nervous about inexperienced individuals wielding a power washer on my already brittle siding.  I will have a talk with him before they start with the understanding that any damage will need to be replaced by him.  It was understood previously that high pressure will not be used, but any pressure may be risky.  Then again, I may find them to be top notch and better than expected.  Yep, it's a crap shoot.  The trim will be stained with the house, this is just bare cedar right now.
Another disappointment today when we went to choose the new garage door.  If I had not mentioned that the paint will be a charcoal brown, we would have been in trouble.  The door I wanted is a barn style with cross pieces.  We have vertical grooves on the garage siding so I want something simple, not raised panels.  Well guess what?  They assume you will use a light paint or choose one of their colors, and don't mention that using a dark paint will void the warranty on any door that has added detail.  The overlay pieces (whether steel, composite or fiberglass) will warp and detach if dark and in full sun.  Good thing I asked.   Now I am limited to purchasing a base and adding material to create a door, or a completely flush plain steel door.  This should be clearly stated in any brochure, catalog, and online.  Granted, most people go with the standard light colors offered, but some of us may paint our preference.   I do not want the wood grain stained look which is a lot of maintenance with full sun exposure.
Worcestershire pork chops are almost ready, and I've yakked enough.  Aren't you tired of this crap I keep spilling out?  Sorry.  It will end soon.
Thanks for putting up with my mania and any hosta help you can offer.


Anonymous said...

Hostas are notorious for attracting slugs.

I've never found the "dish of beer" trick to work, but there are commercial slug deterrents that work fine.

Anonymous said...

Hi, it's definitely slug damage. Rainy weather makes it worse and we have had nothing but in PA for weeks. If you do a search, typing in hosta's & slugs - you will get some good ideas on how to manage them. Beer has never worked for me but other commercial methods have. Good luck.


Barb said...

Wow! I love your house!!It is so hard to be a primitive lover and live on the west coast. They really don't get it at all here. Now on to the hosta question. Maybe slugs or other caterpillars. One year I had lots of things getting eaten like that. I went to my garden center and they said it was the time of year for baby caterpillars to emerge. I could spray, but might be killing butterflies!! Well the nibbling stopped so I did not have to live with the guilt of being a butterfly killer!!

Rugs and Pugs said...

My first guess would have been deer. Second slugs. ARGH! The deer just love mine.
You are having more problems with your house. Good luck. I hope the newbie painters work out.

capecodgirl565 said...

I have had the same thing. We have many rabbits, but I think it is more likely slugs. We found that sprinkling a ring of Epsom salts around the base of the plant has worked and the magnesium in the salts is good for the Hosta. I have re-applied a couple of times if we get a decent rain shower, but we have been pretty dry lately. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I never tire of your delightful blog posts! Hope the house projects go well.

Truus said...

The slugs will be the one who are eating from your hosta.
Never tired of your stories -please go on even about the trouble you have with the painter etc
Love your chocolate thumb! 😁
Have a great day without troubles
Greetings Truus from Holland

diamondc said...

Hi Marly: I have had deer do damage like yours, I do add a bag of clean hair to our yard to keep many animals away, as for slugs, the coop has many great safe products to use, or many home improvement stores have the same stuff.
Keep us posted.
We have dark brown doors that are a composite of wood and vinyl which has not warped.


Judy Blount said...

I would agree with the slugs. In the past I have used diatomaceous earth around any plants that slugs were eating and it works well. After a rain you may need to reapply.

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Marly,
I have NO TALENT when it comes to growing things so no help from me, but it does sound like many of your readers DO, so hoping their suggestions will be of help!! So sorry to hear about all the drama with the house painting and now added to that is the door issues!! I sure do hope it all works out!!
Take care and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!
Heart Hugs~

debbie haggard said...

Love your 'brown thumb from chocolate' reference- may need to borrow that. Obviously no help with the hosta problem from this brown thumb LOL.

kathiquilts said...

I'm with Judy B -- diatomaceous earth is the way to go to get rid of slugs!

Dede said...

Yep--that is slug damage. Good luck killing those critters!

deb said...

Glad other commenters know what caused your hosta damage - we mainly have trouble from deer and rabbits with ours but never so isolated as yours.

Your house is beautiful.

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