What's digging holes in my garden
Flowerlover3 Posts: 219
Something has dug up my year old Saxifraga and left a hole about 9x9 inches. I've had foxes dig holes like this before but only if I've used fish, blood and bone. Any ideas what it could be? I have replanted some bits of the Saxifaga do you think it will be ok?
Badgers??? They love digging holes…….
A hole that size sounds like something bigger than a cat, perhaps either a fox or a badger. I don't use fish, blood and bone, because my dog is attracted to it, although I do use bonemeal in the planting hole when I plant something new - she doesn't seem bothered by that. It could have been a fox trying to get at a small mammal. If it happens again, you could try asking neighbours if they've had a similar problem. Hopefully it was an isolated incident.
I'm afraid I can't help with the saxifraga, I've never had one, but I'm sure somebody who has will come along with some advice. When my dicentra alba was putting on a lot of growth in the spring, I kept finding it with broken stems. I think it was probably a neighbourhood cat (which I don't mind - all living creatures are safe in my garden). I made a little 'cage' around the plant with a small length of clematis netting and some bamboo canes - that protected it whilst it grew.
I think the Saxifraga may well be ok. I had one which got very overgrown with couch grass so I dug the whole lot up and replanted some bits. I now have 3 plants where I had one before.