They don't repel easily....I've had some success using cayenne pepper
sprinkled on susceptible young plants; you need to reapply frequently. I
have better luck bribing mine--he loves cantaloupe rinds and sweet corn
cobs. I leave them at the edge of the compost pile, which is between his
hole and the garden, and he stays happy/distracted enough to stay out of the
garden. I also send the dog to chase it when I can, but she's a lab and not
The only permanent solution is to fence in the garden, or kill/trap the
groundhog. If you get rid of the groundhog, another one will often to claim
the same territory.
Zone 6, Southcentral PA
Electric fence will stop them unless you have dry weather. Lot of maint.
but may be worth it. You can also try dusting plants with dried blood or
rock phosphate. Lots of applications needed...
My parents' garden--200x100, was overrun by groundhogs
during occasional years. My dad was a good hunter & shot
them. He cleaned & skinned them & Mom made stew.
I'd shoot them myself. It's them or your produce.
Before moving to Pa. we lived in the Shenadoah Valley of Va. and had a
My daughter named our groundhog "Harvey" - though he definitly was not
The neighbor at the time owned a construction company and handled the
critters by dynamiting thier burrows - I kid you not !
You got that right! I've no particularly merciful feelings
So far in our present location, they've not been a problem.
The veggie garden is inside the dogs' fenced area. The
veggie garden itself is fenced - to keep the dogs out, and
to keep rabbits out.
However, we just changed the fencing around to expand the
garden, and now one side of the garden is not protected by
the dogs. We'll see how it goes.
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