Dahlias forum: Nibbling on only one of my dahlias

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crittergarden
Aug 10, 2015 4:30 PM CST
I have a new Pooh.
I have no deer.
I do have groundhogs and raccoons.
Somebody bit off the lower leaves.
Guesses?
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Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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mandolls
Aug 10, 2015 5:25 PM CST
I have had a groundhog this year - he has eaten quite a few dahlia leaves, broken off laterals and "topped" a few of the younger plants.

I haven't heard of raccoons damaging dahlias.
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
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Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
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crittergarden
Aug 11, 2015 5:10 AM CST
Thanks.
If they "top" it, I may abandon my peaceful attitude toward them!
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designerdonna
Oct 10, 2015 8:08 AM CST
Definitely the piggy woodchucks (groundhogs). They are more than a nuisance. The plants that the chuck got to in my garden early in the season did not recover this year. Most years, most of the plants do. But not this year.

R.I.P. Mr. Greedy. No peaceful person here. I've been at war with them for years.

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