Animals digging up flowers

Brigite22(6a)July 17, 2014

I have a large bed in my side yard filled with shrubs and perennials. For the last few weeks, this bed is being terrorized by some sort of nighttime creature and I'm hoping to get some advice on how to get rid of it.

Every couple of days, I find a new hole somewhere in the bed. It is always at the base of a plant so that the roots are being disturbed by the digging. I don't see any pattern regarding the plants that have been disturbed. I've found holes under the following: viburnum, azalea, coreopsis, coneflower, geum, rudbeckia. I would say the holes average about four inches wide and six inches deep.

There is never a mound around the hole, so I don't think it is a mole. It must be rather large in size (i.e. raccoon, skunk) because many of my perennials have also been trampled in a way that a small animal cannot do - they literally look like they have been sat on by a full grown man. Also, none of the plants themselves appear to be snacked on, so its not likely to be something like rabbits.

I should note that we had a grub problem in the bed in the spring and so I did a treatment with beneficial nematodes (in late May). Since that time, the only grubs I've found appear to be dead and I haven't found many. I don't know if this is relevant or not.

Any ideas what is digging up my bed and/or what I can do to get rid of it?

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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Skunks are known to dig in the garden to find grubs, as are Opossums and other nocturnal critters. I found that fencing, bent over the plants, can help keep them from digging there.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 7:31AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

moles dont eat plants ... and go around things in their way ... they do not uproot things ... so i would rule them out ...

if you step outdoors in early morning.. you ought to be able to detect if a skunk went thru the night before .... they kinda leave a scent trail ... even if very minor ...

and you are sure its not some idiot squirrel ... it all happens in the dark???

look for paw prints .... and snap a pic with a scale .... and we MIGHT be able to narrow it down that way ... e.g. a raccoon has much bigger feet than other things ...

ken

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 9:40AM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Contrary to popular misconception Skunks do not always smell. I have been within a foot of several skunks, in the wild, and have not smelled that odor.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 6:52AM
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