I like critters. I think having a wide range of wildlife on my property is a sign that I am providing native habitat and encouraging native plants and animals to grow. I do have a rule, however, that covers almost everything: no critters in the area right next to and under my home. The garden falls into that exclusion zone. Sometimes critters do not understand the rule and I have to explain it to them. If this happens to you, here are some ways to convince various scofflaws to leave the garden alone:
- Armadillos dig up bulbs and other plants looking for bugs. They also carry leprosy. They must be sent packing.
- Deer are large rats when it comes to gardening.
- Skunks will dig for insects but don’t usually do a lot of damage. It is their lack of hygiene and subsequent smell that is a problem.
- Possums are the garbage collectors of the bunch. They get into things and make a mess. They also have a mouth full of teeth and will bite.
- Coyotes will steal and eat melons, cats, and small dogs.
Well, it isn’t the Dirty Dozen, but these are the animals I have the most trouble with in my garden. What eats your garden (other than insects)?
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