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Payson, Arizona
Sep 14, 2017 8:24 PM CST
I have a garden in Payson Arizona where we have javelina stomping through the yard at times. I have a bed, though raised, that they have trampled through in the past, where I would like to plan a tree, thinking about an Arizona Ash shade tree, and I would like to plant strawberries around it. Question: Will the javelina destroy my strawberries? Do they even like strawberries?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Sep 14, 2017 9:39 PM CST

Your strawberry patch will quickly become their favorite place to stop for a snack. I'm not sure a fence will even stop them. Maybe strawberry hanging baskets?
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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Sep 14, 2017 10:11 PM CST
It takes very strong, very high fences to keep them out. They dig, and can dig under most fences and will destroy most plants just to get at the roots, which seem to be their favorite food. In our area of NM they only come by our place 2 or 3 times a year on the way elsewhere. Are they in your area all year?
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Payson, Arizona
Sep 14, 2017 11:12 PM CST
Thank you Daisy and plant manager. This is what I needed to know for sure. The area in the front is not fenced. Yes, they live up here all year and we see them often where we live in Rim Country. We don't have a lot of cacti up here at 5000 ft. But we do have a lot of manzanita and scrub brush. We also have a lot of coyotes and elk, but the javelins trampled the flowers in that garden area the other night. They didn't eat them but broke the stems because they are so big and clumsy. That is one reason I am considering planting a tree there. Strawberries may not due for around the tree but I guess some vines and ground cover would be real pretty. They don't usually bother that. Thanks so much to you all for your help with this decision.

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