what is eating my boxwood

grandma_gardener_02May 19, 2011

We planted some green velvet boxwood last year and they started out beautifully this spring. But then I noticed that the sides started looking like they were sheared off with a clippers both outside and at times inside. There even is some damage on the tops. I don't see any deer tracks, so don't think it is them, and a while ago saw that something had tried a branch and then left it. I assume that was probably a rabbit. But this is a mystery to me and I definitely want to stop it right away.

Anyone know what animal could be doing this? A woodchuck??

Any ideas are greatly appreciated.

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

any chance of pictures?

    Bookmark   May 19, 2011 at 10:06PM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Spray them with a repellent. Boxwood are not really liked by any varmints, but young deer sometimes try new plants that they are unfamiliar with. I've actually seen the bitten off part lying on the ground where the deer spit it out. Once they repellent wears off, it's unlikely you'll ever have to spray it again.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2011 at 5:56AM
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Had trouble figuring out how to post a picture, but finally got it. Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2011 at 10:25AM
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