August 13, 2007
Normally I am a great lover of nature. I feed the birds and provide them a nice bird bath to frolic around in. I grew up surrounded by squirrels, who annoyed my dad by raiding the bird feeders, but provided entertainment with their acrobatics. I watched tadpoles caught by my brother change into frogs. But I am drawing a line at the pesky groundhog that has taken up residence under our porch.
When we moved into our current home eight years ago, we were the first house to be completed at our end of the block. Our back yard was surrounded by large mounds of dirt and the empty lots across the street were filled covered by mound of dirt too. Every evening around five pm, the groundhogs surfaced and chased each other up and down the dirt piles until they played themselves out. Back then, I thought they were cute. I have since changed my mind!
The groundhog that is living under our porch has been feasting in my vegetable garden (raised beds surrounded by hardware cloth - a wire netting put up to keep the rabbits out) and I am on the verge of wishing I had a BB gun so I could sting its little butt. Besides wiping out the bean patch and munching on the tomatoes and cucumbers, it has turned the ground under the fence surrounding our back yard into Swiss cheese by tunneling to get out of the yard.
So, to preserve my sanity and to protect the vegetables (and my aging pooch) I am looking for ways to rid my yard of this pesky rodent. Where is Carl the assistant groundskeeper from Caddyshack when I need him?