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Melinda's Garden Moment: Protecting your plants from damage

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Holes in hosta leaves are a common sight no matter where you garden.

Slugs are the most common insect to make holes, but there are other possibilities.

Review the weather.  Frost damage, hail, or falling maple seeds can damage plants.

Sink a can of stale beer in the ground near your hostas or check under rocks and birdbaths in the morning.  If slugs are making holes, you'll most likely find them in these places.  Continue trapping with the beer or try the eco-friendly iron phosphate products.

Earwigs are another one that could be making holes.  They prefer cool, dark, damp conditions like slugs do.  Set a crumpled piece of paper out under a pot to trap it.  You can try one of the eco-friendly insecticides if you want to get rid of them.

Check out Melinda Myers' website for more gardening tips.
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