The Q&A Archives: Critters eating my plants

Question: How do I get rid of a woodchuck that is living under a shed in my neighbor's yard and eating all my plants?

Answer: There are many home remedies that work with various success, but the only sure-fire way to keep them away from your prized plants is with a fence. To build a woodchuck fence, use strong but bendable mesh fencing and metal posts. Build a fence that stands 3 feet tall, with the following modifications to increase its effectiveness: If possible, use a 6-foot wide mesh, and bend 12 to 18" outward slightly at the bottom, then bury this in the soil. This will prevent him trying to dig under the fence. Attach the above-ground portion to the stakes to a height of about 3", then let the remainer--1 1/2 - 2 feet--extend above the posts and bend it outward as well. When the woodchuck attempts to climb over it, he'll find himself upside down and will just flop backward because he's so heavy! Best of luck!

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