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Scrapes in fresh dug soil

Advice please on what causes the problem below and any preventative measures.

We have an urban garden. Yesterday a border was weeded, some plants removed and the soil loosened up.

This morning there are scrapes about three inches deep and a couple of feet long. There are four of them. Some small recently planted plants have been pushed to one side out of the soil.

Similar happened a couple of weeks ago.

Any ideas what the cause is ? My thoughts are an urban fox searching for grubs. But would a rat do the same - house extensions in the houses behind us seem to have disturbed rats and I caught one in  a trap placed next to an obvious path under the fence.

Any advice about how to stop the uprooting of small plants by this animal will be gratefully received - moth balls, ultrasonic noise device, traps or anything.

Cheers

Jeff

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,876

    Not having a picture to guide I suspect from your description it could be either badgers or foxes. It seems far too big for a rat.

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  • Jeff29Jeff29 Posts: 2
    Ladybird4 says:

    Not having a picture to guide I suspect from your description it could be either badgers or foxes. It seems far too big for a rat.

    See original post

     Thanks for reply.

    Any idea what to do please?

    Cheers

    Jeff

  • Sounds more like a fox looking for worms. A badger would uproot a much bigger area and dig in several places . Rats tend to make a round hole leading into a tunnel and seem to prefer banks to tunnel into.

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,453

    Small wooden stakes knocked firmly into the soil around vulnerable new plants should prevent it.

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