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Jun 12, 2020 8:22 PM CST
Duluth, GA
Some animal is clean-cutting off the stems of my Gardenia and Azalea plants from the base. It doesn't look like it is eating them as I see the cut off stems at the base of the plant. It is destroying my entire flower garden and would appreciate if someone can tell me which animal it could be. I have attached the pictures of one of the Gardenias, and the cut off stems.

Thanks in advance.
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Jun 12, 2020 11:57 PM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
Quitter's never Win
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Put a pie tin out next to the plants with unpopped popcorn in it and see if it stops. Squirrels like to sharpen their teeth on wood stems, and will just cut them off and leave them, but they love popcorn more than wood stems. Not microwave popcorn but the old fashioned kind.
NOT A EXPERT! Just a grow worm! I never met a plant I didn’t love.✌
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Jun 13, 2020 12:44 AM CST
Name: Luis
Hurst, TX, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
Azaleas Salvias Roses Plumerias Region: New Hampshire Hydrangeas
Hibiscus Region: Georgia Region: Florida Dog Lover Region: Texas
You may need to monitor during the day and at night. Look for bunnies, squirrels and rodents like shrews, voles and moles... while some rodents are primarily insectivores, they can and do eat some vegetation and will gnaw on roots and bark to keep their very sharp teeth filed back. You just have to catch them in the act to know exactly what is behind this. If you have security cameras, you may want to temporarily tweak one of them to this area so you can monitor from inside the home.
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Jun 13, 2020 1:59 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
GROW ORCHIDS!!!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Region: Michigan Hostas Growing under artificial light
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Bunnies are going off at 5-2 odds on the Big Las Vegas Board!!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing nodding

Squirrels are currently 4-1 odds. Grumbling D'Oh!
Orchid lecturer, teacher and judge. Retired Wildlife Biologist. Supervisor of a nature preserve up until I retired.
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Jun 13, 2020 2:39 AM CST
Name: Luis
Hurst, TX, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
Azaleas Salvias Roses Plumerias Region: New Hampshire Hydrangeas
Hibiscus Region: Georgia Region: Florida Dog Lover Region: Texas
Hmm, I take it Vegas partially reopened then, Bill? Sticking tongue out Hee, hee, hee!!!
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Jun 13, 2020 2:47 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
GROW ORCHIDS!!!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Region: Michigan Hostas Growing under artificial light
Echinacea Critters Allowed Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: United States of America
Yeah, they did like two weeks ago.
But we both know that if you ever want to bet on something, you can probably find somebody to take that bet.
Orchid lecturer, teacher and judge. Retired Wildlife Biologist. Supervisor of a nature preserve up until I retired.
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