Around my vegetable garden; I allow grasses to grow, plant perennial flowers, and add wild fruit trees. This attracts hummingbirds, cardinals, butterflies, and lightning bugs. The plantings also appeal to beneficial insects. However, the growth invites unwanted animals like rabbits, beetles, dogs, and maybe raccoons.
First the Rabbits
It’s nice to have little bunny rabbits hopping around in spring. But, into the summer and fall the little bunnies grow. At dusk, one fall evening, I saw a three foot row of lettuce had grown to the eatable height. The next morning I took a pan and scissors out to the garden to cut the lettuce. The lettuce was completely missing right down to the ground. Didn’t know for sure but rabbits were the main suspects.
And the Beetles
There have been a lot of beetles in the Midwest area I live in during the last few years. During the typical year it rains a lot in June and then gets hot in July. After getting hot in July, I have found leaves ate off grape vines and morning glories. This is the sign that beetles have arrived for the summer. They are sprayed, with insecticide, two or three times each summer. This kills many of them off for the year. Then there is the wait for next year. Last year the area had less rain and a few higher than average hot days so the beetles did not arrive in the large numbers as previous years. As to how many will be returning this year it is uncertain.
Now the Dogs
Where I live dogs tend to wander around town. One year I found the dogs using my area planted to attract wanted animals and beneficial insects for their bathroom. So I bought a powdery substance and spread it around the area. This was supposed to change the area’s scent, so the dogs would stay away. It worked and things were fine with the dogs and my garden.
Lastly the Raccoons maybe?
One summer, I saw animals that look like fat beavers without the flat tails. I didn’t know what they were so I investigated by looking at animal pictures on the internet. And I think, don’t know for sure, that they were some kind of “extinct species”.
Later during the same summer, I saw a stalk of corn pulled over and laying on the ground. A cob of corn still attached had the husk off and some kernels ate. I previously heard raccoons could do this.
A couple of weeks after that, I was sitting by my garden. Then one off the “extinct species” walked by, wearing a raccoon mask. So the “extinct species” maybe a raccoon was the main suspect in the corn incident.
I’m not sure how to get rid of raccoons. But I have heard to take your shotgun, stand beside your garden and fire it, can scare raccoons away.
Oh no, I forgot to explain how to keep rabbits away. I have found this, from personal experience, is somewhat the same way of dealing with the raccoons. To explain this, I need to reminisce a little.
When I was in grade school my grandfather gave my mother a rabbit. It tasted really good, so I know the shotgun method works.