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RE: please help with groundhog problem

  • Subject: RE: [cg] please help with groundhog problem
  • From: David Smead <smead@amplepower.com>
  • Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2004 20:32:02 -0700 (PDT)


Many moons ago I had a yard that was infested with gophers.  At work, we
had a blueprint machine - I told you it was many moons ago.  Anyway, the
ammonia which was no longer strong enough for the blueprint machine was
very effective in small doses around the gopher holes.  After a couple of
months my neighbor had a yard infested with gophers -- and he never found
out why they preferred his yard to mine.


David Smead

On Tue, 6 Jul 2004, Jim Call wrote:

> Jude,
> Our Master Gardeners (MG) have the same problem here in Alabama.  Because
> our MG Demostration Vegetable Garden resides in the botanical garden, using
> a shotgun wouldn't go over too good with the social crowd. Groundhogs do a
> lot of damage.   After we catch a groundhog in a "live" trap, s/he is
> entered into our relocation program (transported to the wilderness).  You
> can view our MG website at...   http://www.mginfo.org
> On another note, does anyone know of a way to keep ducks out of flowerbeds?
> Our downtown park has a beautiful spring and a large lagoon that attracts
> alot of ducks.  One in particular is called a Muscogee (black, white and
> ugly).  Its doesn't help that 1/2 of Huntsville bring hundreds of loaves of
> bread to feed the ducks but thats the nature of the park. Right now, we have
> a nest with about 5 eggs installed in one particular flowerbed next to the
> park. Next year, we plan to plant a lot more flowerbeds to help beautify the
> downtown area and it would be nice to lay down a natural barrier to deter
> the ducks.  Now looking at it from a duck's point of view, that flowerbed
> sure looks pretty good as compared to manicured turf, park benches and
> picnic tables.
> Now, if I could only figure out how to deter teenagers from writing graffiti
> on sidewalks and downtown structures.....hmmmm.
> Thanks in advance for your help.
> Jim Call, City of Huntsville Project Supervisor - Landscape Mgt. Division -
> Downtown
>               CASA Community Garden Volunteer Dir.
>   -----Original Message-----
>   From: community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
> [mailto:community_garden-admin@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of Jude Carson
>   Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2004 6:13 PM
>   To: community_garden@mallorn.com
>   Subject: [cg] please help with groundhog problem
>   In out fourth year of operation, this is the first year we have had a
> problem. I would truly appreciate any and all advice...!!! Helllpp...
>   Jude Carson in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

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