Hosta are some of the best plants anyone could have in their garden. They’re easy to grow, require low maintenance and often outlive other plants to provide a lush green display! It’s no wonder Hosta are so popular among gardeners. Unfortunately, the nation’s favourite garden plant is also very popular among slugs and snails.
There are few things tastier to a gastropod than a big, juicy Hosta. Slugs and snails will feast away at the leaves until there’s nothing left but holes which ruin the aesthetic of your garden. So, if you decide to grow Hosta in your garden, it’s important to know the best way to protect them. Especially if you live in areas with dull, damp weather and plenty of rainfall – like England.
Luckily, the answer to solving the slug problem is to simply get rid of the slugs.
However, traditional chemical slug killers and deterrents such as metaldehyde slug pellets are out of question. Studies have shown they pose a threat to the environment, wildlife and essentially won’t do your garden any favours in the long run.
Some gardeners swear by wandering into their garden in the evening on a slug hunt mission. Armed with a torch and their hands (or some other tool) to pick slugs away from plants one by one. But most won’t really have time to do this every night.
The good news is are other effective methods which requires minimal effort…
Natural and Organic Alternatives
Natural and organic alternatives are the best approach when it comes to protecting Hostas (or any plants) from slugs and snails. At envii, we have two unique and highly effective slug control methods that not only protect them from gastropods but will feed and nourish your plants as well!
envii Feed & Protect is a plant food AND slug and snail deterrent. Its first job is to provide essential micro-nutrients to the plant which allows it to grow to its full potential. What makes Feed & Protect so special is that it makes the leaves taste bitter to gastropods.
Rather than filling your garden with ugly blue pellets that could endanger other wildlife, you can deter slugs and snails in a harmless and natural way. Slugs no longer enjoy the taste of your Hostas and will leave them alone. And because of this, Feed & Protect is 100% vegan friendly. Slugs are not harmed or irritated from the treatment, just simply steered away.
Feed & Protect comes in a powder form that you dilute in water. Due to the fact that Hostas have very waxy leaves you can add a small squirt of washing up liquid into the solution. This helps the plant’s leaves absorb the solution and make sure it is fully effective.
As an invisible form of protection, we recommend Feed & Protect for domestic garden displays and flower gardens, but it’s perfectly suitable for vegetable gardens too.
Our other slug and snail protection is called envii Feed & Fortify. Unlike Feed & Protect, this is a physical protection. It’s a form of food-grade diatomaceous earth that desiccates (dries out) gastropods as they pass over it. Slugs and snails find this irritating on their moisture loving bodies and thus, causing them to travel away from your plants.
This means it basically acts as a barrier to your plant the same way a moat protects a castle. Feed & Fortify also contains iron silicates which are absorbed into the soil and improve the plant’s intake of nutrients and therefore its health and growth.
Feed & Fortify is great for allotment gardens, where visible protection is ideal (for knowing when to re-apply) so crops can be better protected. It’s equally as effective as Feed & Protect but rather than making plants distasteful to slugs, it simply creates a barrier that stops the gastropods from having access to plants.
Stopping Slugs & Snails for Good
All gardeners know that slugs and snails will never stop in their mission. That’s why having an good approach to stopping them is so important. While both envii products are highly effective alone, gardens that suffer with extreme slug pest problems can use both treatments together to stop the relentless gastropods for good.