How do I get rid of sooooo many hosta plants in my front yard

I know I need to spread them out and remove some but I have this crazy vines twisting all over them as they grow out. I can't get the vines to stop growing. My area that has these plants and vine is 6 foot by 40 feet

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  • Bijous Bijous on Nov 16, 2017

    Nick the vines with a knife use vegetation kill and soak a paper towels with it. Wrap the towels around the wound. Use plastic wrap and cover the towels. Secure with duct tape. It will take a while, but it will completely kill the vine. Let your hostas stay!

  • Kauai Breeze Kauai Breeze on Nov 16, 2017

    That is a big job. You may want to consider hiring a landscaper for that project. But, if you are up to it start here. Dig up the clumps of Hostas. Put them in a shady area like under a tree. Just put them on top of the ground and add mulch, leaves or straw around the roots to keep them moist. Water them occasionally to keep them from wilting. Then use an herbicide such as "Round up Brush Killer" to kill everything remaining in the bed. This may take 2 or 3 applications a week apart. At this time you can also cover the bed with black or clear plastic to help kill weed seeds, but it's not essential. Once you are sure the vine is dead, rent a tiller and till up the top couple inches of the soil. This is the best time to add compost, fertilizer, or other amendments to your soil. Then turn your attention to the hostas. Cut the clumps into smaller bunches. An old knife or machete is useful here. Just cut through the roots leaving bunches with 3 or 4 plants. As you do this, inspect each new bunch for any diseased roots or possible root of that vine and pull it out. These new bunches can be stored temporarily in a plastic tote, pails, or something similar that can handle water. As you put them in the container, mist the cut roots with water and pack them closely together. They will survive 2 or 3 days until you are ready to plant them. When you have enough to replant your bed with one plant about every 18 inches, you can either dispose of the excess or put them in your yard offering them free to your neighbors. Then you are ready to plant. Water the tilled area lightly - just damp, not soggy. Then cover the entire area with a heavy landscape fabric. Opt for one that will last the longest. Once your fabric is put down and pinned to to ground. You can cut an "X" through the fabric where each plant goes. Then dig a small hole in the dirt for the plant, stick it in, and push the soil around the roots. After the entire area is planted (you may want to consider adding other types of plants or shrubs for variety), add a couple inches of mulch on top of the fabric and around the plants. Water well, and watch your plants grow.

  • Joanna Smith Joanna Smith on Nov 16, 2017

    EASY! EVERYBODY wants them! Put up fliers at your grocery store and library, and let them come dig their own! If you post it, they will come!

  • Ginny Ginny on Nov 16, 2017

    I agree with Joanna Smith. People will be knocking down your front door to get them, why I don' t know. I like loriope much better because it does not attract slugs like hosta. Put a sign in your front yard and watch the thundering herds appear. Where I live in Maryland, slugs hear the dinner bell ring when hosta is planted.

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Nov 17, 2017

    I separate mine into individual pots and sell them at yearly church sales and on Craig's list in the spring. I sell them for around $3. The big box stores sell them for around $6.99 for a small plant in the spring.