Large Pests Causing Damage

Some of our native mammals are causing havoc with our gardens and are beginning to cause serious damage.

What to do and what not to do

Netting is a good way to protect new plants and new growth from rabbits, however boundary fences can prove a problem. In order for a boundary to protect against large pests, then these fences are in need to be substantial and continue below ground. This is to prevent foxes and badgers burrowing under them and digging them out. Also with them being substantial in height means that Deer’s cannot leap over them.

The Pests

Badgers- these are nocturnal creatures that take much delight in helping themselves to your sweet-tasting vegetables. They may also rip up lawns from autumn to spring if there is a sudden infestation of bugs for them to eat.

Foxes- Foxes chew hosepipes, rip polythene tunnels, trample plants, and eat ripening fruit and damage lawns. This is all in search of grubs to eat. Foxes are becoming increasingly common in urban gardens and are most active at night.

Rabbits- Rabbits are mainly active at night and eat the stems and foliage from a number of different types of woody and herbaceous plants. Also, it’s a good idea to invest in tree guards as these pests have a tendency to kill young trees and shrubs by gnawing the bark.

Pests can cause much damage to our gardens so we hope that this small article will help you. If you have any further questions then please contact us.