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Old 03-19-2012, 06:57 PM   #1
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I moved into a new home where the previous homeowners didn't do a lot in the way of landscaping. Now that the weather is nice, the first thing I did (yesterday) was buy about 20 evergreen trees (very small, 6" to a foot) and plant a row of them along the side of my property.

I went out this evening to find two of these trees with a large ground-hog sized hole running right up next to its trunk and about as deep as the bottom of its roots. One tree was uprooted out of the ground completely, and lying next to where I planted it. Nothing was "eaten," but something definitely likes these trees way too much. At this rate, the entire row will be ruined by the weekend.

What can I do? I have no idea what animal is doing this. I've heard moth balls, cayenne pepper, and "liquid fence"-- anyone have a similar problem? What did you do?

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Ayuh,... Donno where ya are, but it sounds like a Woodchuck...

I just Shoot 'em...

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Ayuh,... Donno where ya are, but it sounds like a Woodchuck...

I just Shoot 'em...
I'm in a development, so I don't think the neighbors would like rifle fire in the morning

Any idea of anything that might keep them away? I do have a dog, but the trees are just on the other side of our invisible fence so that option is out.
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Ayuh,... A CO2 rifle is extremely quiet,...
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If whatever is uprooting them is not eating anything, just re plant , they will stop digging after awhile
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underground traps.....
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Unless you can see what's doing it there's no good what to tell you how to get rid of it.
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Down here in surburbia Texas squirrels do it to almost all new plantings, they can't resist the soft soil surrounding a planting. They quit once the soil settles and firms up but you have to keep an eye on things for the first week or so.
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I have some luck using tomato cages around new plantings until they establish themselves a bit. I've done over 75 trees this way in the past 10 years. Guess you could take it a step further and wrap with screen or chicken wire if needed to further keep pests out.

Anyway, just an idea that is fairly simple.
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I also put smallish rocks on the fresh dirt, if it's squirrels it deters them from wanting to dig there (most of the time). Cedar mulch is also supposed to repel them but I guess Texas squirrels haven't learned that, they love to dig in mulch.
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I also put smallish rocks on the fresh dirt, if it's squirrels it deters them from wanting to dig there (most of the time). Cedar mulch is also supposed to repel them but I guess Texas squirrels haven't learned that, they love to dig in mulch.

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Just move the invisible fence to the other side of the trees and your dog will take care of whatever it is!

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