I've caught raccoons in my yard at 2 and 3 am, digging through the compost
pile in my backyard... sounds like the same thing you are seeing. Just get a
young puppy that needs to be walked in the middle of the night and you'll
catch the culprits in no time! ;)
They have dug in our potted plants. Hot pepper sprinkled around would
make them go away, that is what is put in some bird seed. Permatill
works but not 100%. I have used chicken wire but it is a pita to cut a
hole for each plant. Then you cover it with just enough soil that it
can't be seen. They get the hint and go find something easier to dig
If it was a bigger animal you would see some footprints.
I have seen crows pull up newly sprouted corn because they wanted the
rest of the kernel and left the green plant. This means you have
planted to shallow. planting deeper or pulling dirt around the plants
generally helps. Crows are smart and if they pull up a few and the
kernel does not come with it they go find an easier meal.
Wes Dukes (wdukes.pobox@com) Swap the . and the @ to email me please.
email@example.com is a garbage address.
My guess would be squirrels, either trying to bury nuts or trying to find
nuts previously buried.
It might be the *mulch* that is desirable -- you might try raking away the
mulch from a section of the bed and see what effect that has, if any.
Another possibility is a cat, but I would think if it were using the mulch
as a litterbox, you would have found some evidence.
My guess is it may be an opposum. They like to eat grubs and would be
likely to be a nighttime visitor with results like you describe.
Probably once they eat all the grubs they will move on to someplace else.
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