I was running along the trail one morning last year, and I noticed something on the path. As I got closer, I saw that it was a huge ground hog hole! It was too late though. I stepped right into it and tumbled to the ground. Thankfully, I managed to avoid spraining my ankle. Ground hogs are no walk in the park. They cause a lot of destruction with their excessive chewing and digging huge holes. These herbivores will wreak havoc in your gardens and eat just about anything they can get ahold of. Oddly enough, they are incredible swimmers and can climb extremely well.
The real question is, how do you prevent groundhogs from getting into your garden? Well, first things first - proper fencing. Do not purchase fencing that groundhogs can chew through (like poly). Hardware cloth is a great place to start. The mesh sizes are small, and the material is flexible and lightweight. It is also made of metal, which a groundhog will not be able to gnaw through. Some people may trench the fencing at least 12 inches into the ground to avoid a potential groundhog hole. Others simply attach rodent barrier fencing (hardware cloth or any metal fencing) and blanch out their fencing into an L-shape format. If you are dealing with many ground hogs in your area, precautionary measures should be taken!
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