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Old 03-19-2011, 03:43 PM   #1
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Critters!!!!

With the snow rapidly receding and uncovering last year's garden, SO and I took a tour of the yard.

Some critter(s) have been hard at work. Three of five Euonymus bushes have been completely eaten! Leaves, stems and roots!

An ivy plant that we had climbing up the trunk of a tree and along the ground is gone! Even the stems on the tree trunk are gone. Some loose leaves are strewn about on the ground like the critter ate the stems and left the leaves unattached and undisturbed.

We've had ground hogs and moles in the past but not this much devastation.

Any ideas what it might be? Keep in mind we live in a condo complex, not a rural farm area.
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Old 03-19-2011, 03:51 PM   #2
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Wascal Wabbits. They don't hibernate like ground hogs and will eat bark through the winter if they get hungry enough. And with the snow we had last winter, they were hungry enough. I saw more signs of them this winter than I ever have. I've got quite a few scrub saplings out back the same way. The bark on the trunk and lower limbs, within a foot of the ground, gone. The ground hogs have not yet ventured out of their dens here yet, but the rabbits are digging nests already for the youngins that will be arriving shortly.
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:36 AM   #3
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Ditto on the rabbit thing. I had two blueberry bushes that were completely demolished one year. Squirrels are nasty little buggers when it comes to bulbs too.
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:12 AM   #6
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Rabbit Stiffado!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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My plants seem ok, but once the snow melted I noticed a bunch of big holes in my front yard, almost like a post-hole digger made them, except that they are smaller and irregularly shaped.

Single family house but right in the city.
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Old 03-23-2011, 03:10 PM   #9
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Jen, I think you have/had a ground hog. They'll be happy to help you with the produce from your garden.

All you guys that suggested rabbits or posted cutsy pictures of rodents, thanks.

I just had an extended discussion with the owner of the landscaping company that cares for our condo property. As soon as he saw the damage he knew we had been feeding deer.

With the snow's receding and warmer weather approaching, the deer will be able to find alternative foods and will hopefully leave SO's precious garden alone. If not, I may wake up some morning to find her locked in mortal hand to hoof combat with Bambi. I'd expect her to win. If that happens. I'll be looking for venison recipes.
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Mmmmm venison. Sounds yummy. Let us know whether it comes to blows. I heard there is a cougar pee spray on the market that keeps the deer away.
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