Eating Clematis - Knowledgebase Question

New Hampton, NH
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Question by szelazny9
May 24, 1999
I have two clematis vines on the front of my house. One near the front door and one closer to a tree. They are both doing well, lots of growth and blooms. However, I just noticed that the one near the tree is being eaten, with no leftovers. The stem is snipped off clean, the buds are gone as well as many leaves. Any ideas on what could be doing that?

Answer from NGA
May 24, 1999
Damage that extensive is usually caused by an animal such as a deer or rabbit or woodchuck. If you can identify the culprit, then you will be able to decide how to deal with it, be it fencing, a repellent spray, or a trap (if it is a woodchuck I would strongly suggest calling in a professional rather than doing the job yourself because they can be very dangerous).

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