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Posted: 10/08/2014 at 13:25

Do you have a note of what variety they are?


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 13:21

I have been researching and have come across advice to water the leaves with a garlic infusion.   Would wild garlic leaves work do you think?  I have made an infusion of comfrey before to act as a natural fertiliser so I am familiar with that idea.

Alternatively, if I cut back all the Hosta leaves now (they look so sad) that would expose the soil and perhaps give me a better chance of inflicting major casualties to the slug and snail population before the winter.

Comments most welcome.


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 12:56

Thank you for your encouragement.   Is copper tape easily available at a reasonable cost?


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 12:41

Thank you for your advice.  Where can one buy copper rings?


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 11:54

I am thinking of running up the white flag and digging up my Hostas.  In a good year they looked magnificent but this has been my worst year ever and it is heartbreaking to look at the ugly skeletal leaves.  When I moved into this house we had a bit of a slug problem but thankfully no snails.  Now I am overrun with both.  I am wondering if word got around the local area that I was generous with the slug pubs and slug food so all the little blighters in the neighbourhood moved in.  

Would moving the Hostas into pots work?  Should I wash off all soil to prevent transferring eggs?  Is there anything I can do to exterminate them?   How about building a pond and transferring frogspawn in the spring?  Can one buy hedgehogs anywhere?  I am at my wits end.  Any suggestions fellow sufferers?

Talkback: Dealing with moss

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 23:43

Raking out moss by hand is extremely tedious, better to hire or borrow a scarifier.   Make sure you have loads of bin bags as you shouldn't put treated moss on the compost heap.


Posted: 18/10/2013 at 19:04

Possibly escaped from Dovefromabove's casserole.


Posted: 18/10/2013 at 18:51

Thank you all.  I shall certainly try chilli.  Do you think the flakes might work?  It is rather wet at the moment and the powder is more likely to wash away.

Dovefromabove, thank you for your suggestion.  Do you have a good recipe?  I could type it then mount it above the crocosmia as a warning.  






Posted: 18/10/2013 at 04:19

Normally they go for my daffodils but one little blighter this year has been decimating the crocosmia.  He chomps through the stem like a lumberjack then digs out the top corm, peels off the outer skin then, to add insult to injury, digs a hole in the lawn and hides it.

At first I found it amusing but he has now felled almost every stem in three different locations.  He doesn't touch previous year's corms, just the current one so it seems likely there will be big gaps in the autumn border next year.

Apart from squirrel pie any suggestions will be gratefully appreciated. 

Front hedge needs cutting problem with neabor

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 04:01

I'm glad to say that here in Scotland I have been told that as of next year the council can arrange to cut offending hedges and bill the owner.

I'll be making sure my neighbour's 40 ft monster is top of the list.

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