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The Groundhog Dilemma – Chuckie and Friends Have to Go!

Groundhogs can be a nightmare for plants, gardens and landscapes.

Spring has sprung – and so has a new den of groundhogs just South of the precious garden.  When I say just South – I really mean “just” – maybe 10 to  20 short paces from the front edge of the garden – and another twenty paces the opposite direction to the area where the new grape vines will be set in the ground in a few weeks.

We’re not opposed to sharing our food with others – but groundhogs are kind of like the relatives that come over and devours everything from your table, your fridge and your cupboards – and won’t leave.  They can tear a garden to pieces – let alone your landscaping and lawn with their massive holes.

So, with little choice – as it’s just about prime gardening season – we have decided Chuckie and his friends have to go.

So, that leads to our options – which are few and far between.

We are only a few weeks away from garden season - and the groundhogs will look at this like a big buffet.

We could:

A. Hope that they are a “good group” of groundhogs – and hope they will only eat a small portion of our garden, and leave the rest for us.  (NOT LIKELY)

B.  Trap and release them elsewhere.  However –  the Division of Wildlife  told us that they DO NOT want you to trap and relocate the animals due to the spread of disease.

C.  Fire a couple of warning shots in the air and see if they leave.  (HIGHLY DOUBTFUL)

Okay – so it’s not going to be as simple or easy as any of the above options, but – one way or another – we have to get them out – and definitely within the next few weeks before the tender garden plants go in.

7 Comments on The Groundhog Dilemma – Chuckie and Friends Have to Go!

  1. I share your concerns re: not killing pesky critters AND the problems of getting rid of ground hogs! I had one move in who was burrowing under a slab-based room of the house and everything I had tried failed. Finally a friend suggested throwing moth balls into the hole. Generally I have real concerns about the toxicity of moth balls and won’t use them for anything. But my friend said it wouldn’t hurt the ground hog, just convince him to relocate on his own. Used too few the first few rounds (they are DETERMINED critters!). But when I finally relented and used a small bag he did indeed relocate, and I was able to backfill his hole and save my bathroom floor.

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