Branches broken off palnts

I've several shrubs in the garden icluding rose and acer and all have had branches broken off and left in the pots. The  branches have had their leaves shredded off image. This is tending to happen during the day but not when I'm watching to find out who the culprit is

Any suggestions of what is causing the problem would be appreciated and how I can prevent it occuring again


  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    Human interference? I don't know of any animal that would cause the damage you describe.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,680

    Have you got  woodpigeons around - ours keep trying to land on twigs and branches that very obviously won't bear their weight - imagine a pigeon on a tulip seedhead anyone?  And a pigeon trying to land on an iris???  Various snapped branches - the pigeons also eat the new young leaves of trees and shrubs at this time of year.  

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,754

    Homo sapiens , probably a juvenile or sub-adult.  Tend to be active in flocks around dusk.  Often respond to a sharp blow with the foot applied to the rump, which may well be visible through the plumage,

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,680

    What about displaying a small notice - Plants In This Garden Have Been Sprayed with Pesticide - Do Not Touch.

    If the damage continues you'll know the pigeons (or other pests) cannot read image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,737

    Steve image

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

  • me londonme london Posts: 119

    Grinning at Steve's reply!!

    Are they big branches? I watched squirrels completely destroy a young Japanese maple in my old garden. Took all the leaves off and then broke the branches. Happened again to the replacement, so I stopped trying to grow one!

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 10,600

    CCTV - a real one, even if a cheap one, - and prominent signs are the way to go.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
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