Happy Groundhog Day! Groundhogs (also known as woodchucks) may appear cute and harmless, predicting the weather trends every February 2nd. But they are anything but harmless! For gardeners, they can be a real pest to get rid of! These little critters have a huge appetite for all things green. They will eat everything in sight. You could wake up one morning to find all of your beautiful flowers and plants gone! And on top of all that destruction, the burrows they make are large and deep!
So what can you do to get rid of them?
Here are some ideas:
- Visit your garden often. Groundhogs are frightened by people. Frequent visits at different times of the day could keep them away.
- Or you could try scare tactics, such as scarecrows, motion-activated lights, alarms or sprinklers.
- Sprinkle epsom salts on the plants. It’s good for the plants and groundhogs don’t like them. For the best results, reapply often.
- Use store-bought groundhog repellent or make your own. Mix 1 TBSP of hot sauce into 1 Gallon water. Spray onto plants.
- Install a electric wire fence. It’s one of the most effective solutions to get rid of groundhogs. Make sure the fence is buried at least a foot underground.
- Use a live, which are wire cages with a moving door. Once trapped, relocate them to a place far, far away.