Protecting Hostas From Animals

Q: Last year rabbits chopped the stems off my hostas at ground level. Is there anything to discourage them from feasting again this year? 

A: Like deer, rabbits will eat just about anything that’s young and tender in spring. A physical barrier is the only thing I can guarantee will work. Perhaps you could make some coverings from chicken wire to protect the hosta until they are relatively large. If you can’t do that, try fertilizing with Milorganite. This dry, sterilized organic fertilizer comes from a sewage plant in Milwaukee. Perhaps the smell of bratwurst, beer, and shotguns will deter the bunnies

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