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groundhogs #763215

Asked July 22, 2021, 11:32 AM EDT

How to keep groundhogs from eating my plants. I have a small garden of flowers & vegetables in pots on my back porch. Groundhogs are climbing the stairs and eating my plants. What can I do to stop this? Does Epsom Salt help to keep them away?

Cuyahoga County Ohio

Expert Response

This web-site has good information - https://www.pests.org/get-rid-of-groundhogs/

But know that the treatments/solutions are on-going unless you physically remove the animal by trapping or shooting (not easy for either).  Since the garden is on your porch, I would try the talcum powder sprinkle on plants or get a large container of cayenne pepper  and put it (or talcum) around your porch/steps also.  You will need to reapply after rains.  Good luck

Merry Tapp - MGV Replied July 22, 2021, 12:00 PM EDT

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