Woodchucks and Hostas?
Dear Hosta forum members,
do you have experience with woodchucks (= groundhogs) eating hostas?
Searching the forum under that topic, past contributions do not hint at woodchucks actually eating hostas. They seem to eat everything else.
Yesterday I saw a fat woodchuck galloping through my backyard. I first thought it was an illusion. We then checked all spaces in my yard carefully, so he must have escaped fast as he rushed in. In the last weeks I redid my hosta beds, bought 20 new (to me) hosta cultivars and just finished planting them. It would be a real shame when this @#$%& remembers to come back and mows everything down.
I thought my actions including 'shovel pruning', my neighbor's air rifle and the new houses in the back got rid of woodchucks in my yard for good for more than 5 years. But 2 weeks ago the half of my fence towards the road got replaced with aluminum pickets which have relatively wide spacing. As a minimum I should apply galvanized wire mesh behind the aluminum fence as a deterrent, 10 inches below ground. Luckily there is no place to hide for him on my 1/2 acre property. Years ago I covered all openings under my deck with chicken wire. Recently I also cleared out any weeds and thickets.
I do not see any damage to any plantings, including my grandson's vegetable garden, and certain perennials favored by woodchucks.
What an experience! Perhaps it was an illusion?
Thanks for comments!