Cut back or move hostas?

Asked July 29, 2018, 4:24 PM EDT

We have three nice hostas in an area where a mason needs to set up a scaffold. What would be healthier for the plants? Transplant them and move them back when he's finished, or cut the hostas back and leave the roots in place? We'd cut them back this week (Aug 1).

Washtenaw County Michigan hostas flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials

1 Response

Will there be foot traffic on them? If you leave them in place and cut them back, they will need some kind of protection from heavy traffic. Perhaps covering them with straw? They would also need water during that time. If you move them move them to a shady spot. They will need plenty of water and because it’s the middle of summer and hot, they will be stressed. However, moving them may be the better option.