Asked by: Ellen Pyara
asked in category: General Last Updated: 20th March, 2020

Can groundhogs kill trees?

There are few succulent plants that they won't eat. They also claw up the trunks of newly planted apple trees, sometimes killing them (partly from burrowing right at the base). Since woodchucks can climb and burrow, the most effective material is probably electric fencing.

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Similarly one may ask, can a groundhog climb trees?

Despite their heavy-bodied appearance, groundhogs are accomplished swimmers and occasionally climb trees when escaping predators or when they want to survey their surroundings.

Likewise, is it bad to have a groundhog in your yard? A groundhog's, or woodchuck's burrow are holes with large piles of dirt at the entrances and are a nuisance and can be dangerous. A groundhog's tunnels are very large and have many chambers which are invasive to your lawn and garden. So basically, they love to set up around your garden's fence or a farm's field.

Also to know, how do I get rid of a groundhog in my yard?

How to Get Rid of Groundhogs

  1. Bait the groundhog into a trap, catch it, and then release it in a wooded area five miles away from your home.
  2. Create vibrations in the ground to scare them away.
  3. Smoke them out of their tunnel.
  4. Pour ammonia down their tunnel.
  5. Deter with garlic and pepper.

What smells do groundhogs hate?

Lavender – Try planting some lavender around the garden. While it smells lovely to us, groundhogs find it offensive and avoid the areas where it is. They also dislike the smell of these herbs: basil, chives, lemon balm, mint, sage, thyme, rosemary, and oregano.

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