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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 . 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
Human interference? I don't know of any animal that would cause the damage you describe.
Yes a vandal. You have a not nice neighbour there Jill
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.
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,
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
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!
Are the affected plants within reach of public areas, footpaths etc. If so then the pests will almost certainly be 'human' . Then i would consider CCTV if things get too bad.
CCTV - a real one, even if a cheap one, - and prominent signs are the way to go.