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Topic by USCJeff posted 05-10-2013 05:44 AM 2299 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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USCJeff

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05-10-2013 05:44 AM

I’m a long standing member on the sister site, Lumberjocks, but haven’t posted to GardenTenders until now. I’m having a small animal problem with my vegetable garden. I like the aesthetics of my garden as I put some time into designing trellises and and beds and such. The bed with the issue borders the rear of my property. It backs up to a fence with 5/8” spaced wooden slats and wetlands behind that. I began to notice plants being eaten to the stem in one area. I have now been able to spot at least two small animals (between a large mouse and small rabbit) in the bed that quickly disappear when I try to approach to ID them.

In short, I’d prefer not to use garden fencing as protection unless essential. The fencing within the budget I’d be willing to spend isn’t much more attractive than chicken wire. Obviously, keeping the plants from being eaten trumps aesthetics, but I’m hoping for both.

What success has anyone had with the granules that let off scents that deter animals? I just spread a decent barrier of it around the bed. Do these work well? I’d prefer not to harm the animals or use traps if I can avoid it. In the short run I’ve covered the plants with mosquito netting but that won’t last. The animal also appears picky about what it eats. There are many vegetables growing, but it is only eating pole beans, cantaloupe, and cucumber plants (no veggies on plants yet, just eating the leaves). There are many more types just as close to the eaten ones that get passed over. Does that help in guessing the ID of the animal?

Looking for a cheap fix that won’t take away from the appearance. Cheap in my mind would be less than $50 or so. That seems to be the cost of fencing for the length I’d need.



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Iris43

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05-12-2013 02:02 PM

I have used the granules you describe, effectively…....But they need to be re-applied after each rainfall. Sometimes using them for awhile discourages the animal enough that it looks elsewhere for food and stops frequenting the garden. Fencing is really the most effective way to protect plants. And while chicken wire may not be attractive neither is it highly visible from a distance.

I have no ideas as to id of your little invader…could be bunnies or young groundhog or chipmunk or….......

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USCJeff

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05-13-2013 04:54 AM

4 days animal free. I had been using light mosquito netting over the plants in lieu of a solution. I’ve left them uncovered and have had no signs of intrusion for a few days. The granules appear to work as advertised. I also stapled mosquito netting to the un-visible side of the yard’s perimeter fence (facing wetlands) to cover the bottom foot. That won’t last as a 2 year old could shred it, but it hopefully they’ll find a neighbors yard the better place to be before then.

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