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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Raccoon Destruction

I'm sorry to inflict on you even more pictures of the array of ugliness that passes for my back garden, but here it is. The raccoons that are attracted to my stream have inflicted a lot of damage this summer. As if the heat and early summer drought weren't enough.

Sum and No Substance Hosta

Cardiocrinum stalk

Tradescantia

Solomon's Seal

'Golden Arrow' Persicaria

I don't know if this is from them romping in the garden, looking for food, or if it is actual deliberate destruction, but it's what I have to look at whenever I stroll through the back garden. They seem to have turned the bed that runs along my back fence into a highway. They come just about every night to play in the stream. I've seen them out there and have tried turning the porch light on and shouting out the window, which usually succeeds in making them amble off. But they always come back.

They leave more than just destruction in their wake. I'll spare you photos of their toxic waste.

I've actually considered hiring someone to remove the stream, which attracts them. I may try caging some of the plants next year. Other than that, I'm not sure what to do. Razor wire along the fence, maybe?

18 comments:

  1. Hav a Hart trap. Don't know what you are going to do with them once you trap 'em. You might call Animal Control and ask before you invest in a trap if they will take them away after you trap them.

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  2. OMG...that's awful...I'd be absolutely FURIOUS if I was you. For the most part, they don't seem too interested in the garden, more the cat food on our front porch...but they do smash anything growing near the porch...sigh. I hope you are able to keep your stream...it would be sad to see it go :-(

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  3. Can you just dry out the stream and turn it off? It's still very pretty.

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  4. Ugh. Your pictures make me want to cry in frustration. I contend with a family of four raccoons in our fir tree. They climb on everything so I have to build trellises that hold four raccoons. And new plantings get sticks placed at the base of the plants to help them survive. I've been known to throw some dog food over the fence into my neighbors yard. She never steps foot outside anyways.

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  5. We have been having some damage to our bean plants, knee high damage. Might be raccoons I've caught three of them on my trail cam in the compost and under our apple tree. I really don't think removing the stream would make any difference.

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  6. They're gourmets: first they eat the fish, followed by a nice salad. When we gave up on the bite-size goldfish and moved to the itty bitty mosquito fish, they gave up on us.

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  7. You know how I sympathize. Water is definitely an attractant but I'd hate to see you lose your stream. My own visitations from the mean creatures have continued (I blame them for breaking some branches on my beautiful Acacia 'Cousin Itt') but they've been less destructive of late. Whether that's just luck or those Magnolia cones really have put them off, I'm not sure.

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  8. Ugh! What about a motion sensor sprinkler?

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  9. Those raccoons are having a great time cavorting in your garden at your expense. Yes, the damage is from rolling around and playing, especially the kits. I once saw two of them stuffed into our birdbath going round and round in the water while a third tried to get in too.
    Thie idea of turning off the water for a while might work. Or maybe barbed wire!

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  10. Sorry to see that. I know you work so hard on your garden.

    Electric fence? Might be fun to zap them, or if not fun, at least satisfying.

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  11. Oh no!!!! This is terrible! If you had cats or a dog, could that help??

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  12. Oh it hurts to see those photos! But drying up your stream sounds sad as well--unless it isn't a decorative element you enjoy. Motion sensor lights? Or some of those cheap (but mildly attractive) solar-charged lights you can stick in the ground that stay lit at night? Best of luck!

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  13. Awful ! I've been reading 'The 3,00 mile garden' . Leslie Land found that Skunks scared away wood chucks, probably not a good idea to get skunks in though.

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  14. Ouch! I'm sorry to hear of your raccoon troubles. Drying out the stream is probably the best way to get rid of them, but it would be a shame to loose the sound of the water. Perhaps you could dry the stream and have a burbling fountain that turns off at night. One with no standing water, like those basalt columns with holes in the top, with a reservoir below covered in gravel. I've seen raccoons passing through the yard occasionally, but I guess I don't have enough of a garden to entice them to stay and destroy things. No water features and most of the edibles are in the vegetable garden behind a fence.

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  15. I sympathize with you. I had a pond in San Diego. Once I was awakened at 3 am to the sound of elephants crashing through the forest… no, raccoons frantically tearing through my grapevines for grapes. I put wire over the pond but the mommy raccoon stuck her hands through and grabbed all my goldfish for her onlooking babies. We did trap one in a havahart trap and deported it, so trapping is a possibility, I'm not sure it is legal to move them elsewhere though. The electric fence might work, I don't know how to position one.

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  16. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/275829 Electric fence is the only thing that I've found that keeps them away. You could surround your whole back yard or just the stream. I'd hate to see you get rid of it as it's such a beautiful part of your garden.

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  17. Oh no! Animal destruction in the garden is heartbreaking as I know only too well.

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