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Name: Greg
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Brinybay
Apr 16, 2017 12:14 PM CST
As I was walking to an estate sale nearby, I happened to see this community plant corner with wheelbarrow flower containers. Two of the wheelbarrow containers had flowers growing through chicken wire, and was wondering what the purpose was.

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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Apr 16, 2017 12:17 PM CST
Sometimes wire is used to protect the plants from critters that dig them up and eat them. Squirrels, rabbits, etc love new plants!
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 16, 2017 1:31 PM CST
I agree I'll bet they've had problems with rodents and squirrels digging up their bulbs. Although daffodils are usually not on the menu, you never know what a hungry squirrel or rat is going to dig up.
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Zencat
Apr 16, 2017 2:36 PM CST
I see a tulip or two in there which are definitely on the menu.
Name: greene
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greene
Apr 16, 2017 5:06 PM CST
Yep, squirrels and other critters have no respect for the gardener who spends the money and time to grow the bulbs. The critters dig them up and often will re-plant them in a neighboring yard...which can cause suspicion and hard feelings among neighbors. Chicken wire is a cheap fix. You can cover the chicken wire with a bit of mulch if you want.
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