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Re: Outrage!

I have not had any problem with raccoons. They not only come up on my front porch, which has a bright light, they look in my front door and my bedroom window. Most likely it's because there is food for them to eat. They come well after the cats and skunks have eaten and before the possums get here. The cats just sit on the table and/or the chairs and watch the raccoons eat. Unlike most of my neighbors I haven't even had problems with the armadillos digging up plants. They will, however, root around in freshly mulched areas and dig holes in my yard that are big enough to break one's ankle.
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message ----- From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, May 28, 2005 5:09 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Outrage!

I have covered the planters with that black mesh used to
protect shrubs from the deer, but somehow I don't really
expect that to work. It didn't really work for the azaleas
either. We took away the bird bath - we're pretty sure
it was a raccoon because he washed his muddy feet
in the birdbath. It was really loaded with planting soil.
There has been some digging in the planters before,
but never the complete devastation of this time. Usually
just a hole dug here and there, but this time it dug out
every plant, threw them on the ground. I had to search
around in the bushes to find one nice sage plant that
was missing. Some damage goes with living in the
woods, but this is too much.

In a message dated 05/28/2005 3:02:29 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
4042N15@nationalhearing.com writes:
I wonder what you might be able to do to "have your cake". Could you
construct something more durable in place of the containers? Something they
couldn't move? If so, then I suppose you might still have to deal with the
digging. Has anyone mentioned a digging deterrent? Maybe one of those
motion-sensor sprayers. Oh, I guess this is starting to sound like a
battle. Anyway, Auralie, I'm on your side! We need to figure this out!

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