Softball-sized holes in new garden - Knowledgebase Question

Saint Paul, Mi
Question by albrek01
June 3, 2010
We just planted a flower bed over the weekend and yesterday noticed softball-sized holes in both gardens. Most of the holes were exteremely close to the plants, but others were just dug in the soil. We had a mole last year, but he didn't did tunnels or damage the lawn or flower bed. Any ideas? We live in the city about 2 blocks from the lake in Minnesota.

Answer from NGA
June 3, 2010


There's obviously a curious critter out there trying to discover treasurs in your new flower bed. Raccoons dig for grubs; squirrels dig out of curiosity, and cats do, too. It's possible the critters didn't find anything worthwhile in the bed and won't be back. If more holes appear you may want to try to discourage the critters by laying crumpled up chicken wire throughout the bed. Animals are afraid they'll get their legs caught so they won't walk across it. Hope they leave on their own so you don't have to decorate your new flower bed with chicken wire!

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