Asked on May 7, 2017

Can anyone tell me how to keep snails from making holes in hosta leaf?

Eleanor@eleanortalbotBrendaSophie Jonas-Hill


I have used Ortho Bug-Geta and have also put beer out. I have never seen any snails or their slime but still have the holes this early in the summer.
5 answers
  • Sue
    on May 7, 2017

    May be cutworms. They're having a feast on my Angel Trumpet. Go out after sun is going down with flashlight and look under leaves. They look like a dark greyish caterpillar. Can also flood area around plant, tree with soapy water.
    If not seeing slime trails, not slugs or snails.
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 7, 2017

    Try putting crushed eggs shells ,and diatomeous earth around.Spray your plants with a horicutral oil as well.
  • Sophie Jonas-Hill
    on May 8, 2017

    Slugs and snails love hostas, and often it's the tiny ones in the soil doing the damage. I would agree with all the above, but also if you can find old copper pans re-pot them in those, as they look lovely and repell slugs etc.
  • Brenda
    on May 8, 2017

    Definitely crushed eggshells around base, spreading out beyond leaves keeps them far away!
  • Eleanor@eleanortalbot
    on May 8, 2017

    Slugs and snails dislike crawling over sharp things, so you can put washed broken egg shells down around the base of your plants and where the leaves touch the ground. Also, if your hostas are in pots, wrap adhesive copper strips around the pot - it gives them a bit of an electric shock. Hope this helps.
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