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31/05/2014 at 22:37

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

31/05/2014 at 22:42

Human interference? I don't know of any animal that would cause the damage you describe.

31/05/2014 at 23:47

Yes a vandal.  You have a not nice neighbour there Jill

01/06/2014 at 07:46

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.  

01/06/2014 at 08:29

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,

01/06/2014 at 08:58

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 

01/06/2014 at 09:01


01/06/2014 at 09:51

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!

01/06/2014 at 09:53

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.

01/06/2014 at 13:54

CCTV - a real one, even if a cheap one, - and prominent signs are the way to go.

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