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Old 09-17-2014, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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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???
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Old 09-17-2014, 04:07 PM
 
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Squirrels...chipmunks...etc...etc.
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Old 09-17-2014, 04:14 PM
 
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Skunks and raccoons are famous for digging for bugs. They tear up my yard every year. What about neighborhood cats?
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Old 09-17-2014, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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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???
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.
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:00 PM
 
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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???
Toads? I've found them living in my plants.
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:11 PM
 
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Try mixing a tablespoon or two of cayenne pepper in the soil at the top of the pot. It seems to encourage my backyard squirrels to find other places to dig.
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:38 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Here it would be squirrels, though there are a variety of birds such as Junkos and nasty Starlings that will do it too. Rabbit wire, the stiff stuff with 1/2" holes is faily cheap, and you can cut a circle to fit the inside of the pots, then cut a slit from one edge to the center with a hole bigger than the trunk, bend and install then flatten. You can also place mothballs on the soil, they dislike the smell. I have also heard that cayenne pepper helps but it washes away when you water or it rains so you have to repeat regularly.
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Old 09-18-2014, 04:43 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Could be toads. They get in my plants also as Clemencia 53 mentioned.
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Old 09-18-2014, 05:05 PM
 
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What's digging holes in my yard?
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Old 09-19-2014, 11:56 AM
 
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Raccoons were digging in my herb pots that are the over the deck railing kind. I saw them on the the deck on night, turned the light on, my cats went crazy and the raccoon just sat there looking at us. Took forever for it to leave, really big guy too, I didn't want to open the door. They were digging out big 5" holes to the bottom of the trays and knocking them off.

I moved them from the deck railing to a bench near the door and it stopped, the herbs really thrived. Don't know why moving them 10 feet deterred the raccoons...
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