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    Default Something is attacking my Blueberry Bush!

    Hi all

    I got home yesterday to find my Blueberry Bush had been attacked. It is sitting in a large pot on the deck and the following has happened.



    Aggghhh! So I picked up all the soil and put it back in, then moved the pot to a different position. This morning the beast had been back and kindly removed all the soil again.

    So? What is it? Fox? and more curiously, Why is it digging in only that pot? I have lots of other pots it is ignoring, including the potatoes.

    hmmmm

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    WiZeR, I do not know the answer, but I have had similar with a trough I planted Garlic bulbils (seed from flowerhead) in.
    I suspect mine is a bird after worms/slug/bug or a mouse/rat investigating on spec.I do not think it would be a fox as we have high fence/hedge and a dog.

    Rodents tend to follow edges, so from your picture I would definitely check for rats/mice as being against both house and fence there could be a run there.

    Try un-potting the bush, gently shaking or washing the soil off and seeing what's hiding in it that may attract ???, then repot with fresh compost.
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    It could be blackbirds, they do this to one of my borders in my garden (it has got bark chips on it), it is amazing how much soil they can move when they get going

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    thanks, it's weird that whatever it is gets to a point then stops without damaging the plant.

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    get some wire mesh and bend it over the top of the pot to keep beasties out - it might be squirrels.

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    I agree with Eskymo that it could be a squirrel looking for it's 'stash'. Or maybe a cat trying to use the pot as a toilet? You've not found any unusual 'manure' in it have you? Try sticking lot's of small sticks around the plant or the chicken wire/ netting wrapped around the surface.
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    I have had this type of crime several times and it turned out to be a fox!

    I made a sand trap next to the container to get some paw prints first, then stayed up one night to catch the blighter on film. Way too quick for me but after that, I put pepper into the container and hey presto, it dug my bed up instead, doh!

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    thanks, i'm prety certain it is foxes now. I have put some wood over the pot as a temporary measure and it seems to be working

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