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From: Minta nixon
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cashiers, NC
something is biting off the leaves of my hostas at the base of the plant, not eating the leaf, just leaving them on the ground. It is a ragged cut. If they cut all the leaves off, the root is still intact. I have been spraying the area with liquid fence to keep the rabbits and deer away. Any ideas?

 
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From: James Schmidt
Extension Specialist, Home Horticulture/4-H
Department of Crop Sciences
schmidt1@illinois.edu
The most likely cuprits for biting the leaves off hosta are rabbits and deer. Rabbits make a clean cut while deer make ragged cut, so it sounds like the problem are the deer. Be sure you are following the label directions.

 
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