Posted by Newt on May 22, 2003 at 00:54:43:
In Reply to: Hostas overrun by weeds posted by Kate on May 18, 2003 at 12:18:04:
: Our hostas are being overrun by a tubular weed. We were thinking about digging up all the hostas, cleaning the weed out from around the roots and transplanting them for a year then dousing the remaining weeds in weed killer, but we are afraid that the hostas may go into shock from being transplanted two years in a row. Is it possible to use weed killer on the weed with the hostas still there? Hostas are so durable, will the weed killer kill them too? Are there any suggestions? Thanks.
I'm not a person to use poisons in the garden, so I would say dig up the hostas and pull out all the weeds. I'm sure the hostas will be fine even if they have to live through a two year transplant cycle. Another option might be to just do a section of the bed at a time and hold the hostas temporarily in another bed. Plant them back when you are done with that section.