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Old 09-19-2014, 01:51 PM
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Squirrel, looking for food to store for the winter.......
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Old 09-19-2014, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by jacqueg View Post
If it just started happening, squirrels are my guess. Dig down yourself and see whether you come across an acorn or other nut.

They're starting to stock up for the winter, and potting soil is easy to dig into.
Be careful though, you may find yourself digging up a cat candybar.
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Old 09-19-2014, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by aquietpath View Post
For the past week I have noticed large holes in the soil of my potted roses. At first I thought it may have been caused by rain dripping from the eaves, but then it dawned on me....we haven't had any rain lately. This morning I went to water the roses, and whatever was digging in the soil must have had a field day last night. Every pot was dug into. What type of animal would do this, and why???
Aliens from the planet Plantaneous,
looking for your secret stash...

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Old 09-19-2014, 06:12 PM
Location: Central AL, USA
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If it's no inconvenience to you and if it's not unappealing, then why not cover as much of the potted soil surfaces with bricks, until the plants have done some growing. I had a problem with juvenile foxes who did the same in a bed of lantana that I had planted. After I strategically placed bricks over the bed without blocking rainwater, the foxes posed no further problems.
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Old 09-28-2014, 09:19 AM
Location: Venice, FL
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I have the same problem with potted plants on my deck. I bought some of those egg-sized stones and put a layer of stones all over the soil surface, kinda pressing them down. That stopped the digging, and it's pretty too. I have also used seashells for the same purpose. That's a good use for those shells I brought back from the beach as treasures, and then later wondered why I brought them home.
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