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Old 07-06-2015, 09:12 PM   #1
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Plants overgrowing hostas


I bought a house with a little gardening area on the side. I know that those plants are some sort of hostaís but whatís the leaf looking plants overtaking them? Should I remove them? Is there a correct way to remove those plants so they donít come back and overtake the hostas?
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They are maple suckers. Cut them off as low as possible and apply (carefully) roundup as they shoot back up
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Better yet if you can pull them out,
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There is a way to remove those plants but it is no secret. In fact the cat was let out of the bag quite sometime ago.

Using a mixture of Glysophate of about 1.5 fluid oz. concentrate ( 29.57 cc ) / quart ( .946 l ) of water, sponge a few of the leaves of new growth. Some may need to be tied back so they don't touch the Hosta. In about 10 days apply to any leaf that has not changed from green to the color of the other leaves. Give it about a month to kill the roots then remove the plant.

Pictured is the result of treatment with one drop of solution on one leaf of each bract of walnut trees the squirrel planted in an unwanted location.

Sometimes good things take just a little longer.
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SeniorSitizen, is Glysophate the same as Roundup? If not, where is it sold?
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SeniorSitizen, is Glysophate the same as Roundup? If not, where is it sold?
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SeniorSitizen, is Glysophate the same as Roundup? If not, where is it sold?
To my knowledge Roundup was the original but now there are several other brand names that do the same thing as long as they contain glyphosate. Possibly something to do with patent rights.

I buy mine at a farmer's grain elevator co-op and I'm not sure it has a brand name. A brother buys his at a different farmer's co-op with the brand name of Cornerstone. I see by googling one brand lists active ingredients and gives the percent of actual glyphosate.
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Is there a specific type of round up i should use? I think I have some of this stuff in my garage. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Roundup-1...3210/100063086
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Is there a specific type of round up i should use? I think I have some of this stuff in my garage. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Roundup-1...3210/100063086
That's pre mixed for your convenience, has some type of fast acting weed/grass killer for those folks that are impatient and need to see results quickly, and should work as long as the active ingredient is around 40-50 percent glyphosate.

Don't expect to see the same quick result on your plant as you would a grass.
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Oh Mylanta. We call them PITA in my town. First come the Helicopters. Next thing you know, you have a tree farm in your yard.

It is best to get all of the helicopters picked up, before they turn into small weeds. Let them go like this. It is harder to keep them away.



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Just pull them out of the ground. Maples are very easy to remove.
Chemicals are ill advised(stupid) in this application as they will kill more then the maples due to their proximity to the hostas.
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I was able to pull out most of the hostas but had to cut a few at the ground since they were really stuck in there. I would like to put some mulch there but am waiting to see if those maple suckers will sprout right back up. If I put mulch there would it be too close to my house? I think I read somewhere about termites because the mulch was too close to the house.
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The Hostas could have stayed. All you really needed was a set of hand pruning shears to get rid of the maple weeds.

Once you cut the maples down at the ground. All you need then is an old butter knife or screwdriver to loosen up the soil, so that you can get the rest of that maple sapling out of there.

I try to get the Helicopters picked up a week or two after they have finished falling.

Hostas need to be spread out, once you start getting large groups of them. Otherwise just leave them be and put down some mulch.




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You will only have termites if they are common where you live. When the Mulch is too high and there is no barrier to deter the Termites, yes they will feat on the house.



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If I put mulch there would it be too close to my house? I think I read somewhere about termites because the mulch was too close to the house.
Your house has a good 18" of foundation showing so if any termites try to get in the house you will see the mud tunnels on the wall. It's best to keep shrubs and plants away from the foundation so you can see what's going on next to the house.
Stay away from pine mulch as I've seen termites as I emptied the bag when I first bought it.
If you only cut the maples, they will return. You need to pull them out. or dig them out.
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