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Weymouth, MA.
May 31, 2017 2:44 PM CST
Help! Two weeks ago, I installed an arbor and planted a climbing rose bush. It was doing well and was just about to have its first bloom, but a bunny has stripped it clean. It chewed through the branches and ate all the leaves and buds. Will it survive? The poor thing hasn't had a chance to establish yet. If it will survive, how do I protect it? I've never had this problem with my Knockout roses, so I'm clueless.
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Name: June
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May 31, 2017 4:56 PM CST
Wow, @MV , that was one hungry bunny! Or could it have been a groundhog? The rose will probably be able to produce new growth from its leaf axils, but I suggest you surround the bush with a tube of fence wire up to the height that a rabbit or groundhog can reach, and bury the base of the wire in the ground so they can't get under it. I recommend using fence wire with oblong, not square, openings so that snakes won't get stuck going through the holes.
Weymouth, MA.
May 31, 2017 5:38 PM CST
Thank You!

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