Evidently I have been maligning my garden woodchuck. The livetrap caught a garden armadillo.
The garden woodchuck is not innocent. It ate my fall cabbages except for one now fenced in. It is eating the Jerusalem artichoke leaves. It eats my tomatoes.
It is not responsible for most of the digging.
Armadillos eat things like earthworms and grubs. They can smell them several inches under the dirt.
Mulch encourages these favorite armadillo foods. So the garden armadillo was busy rearranging and removing the mulch to enjoy dinner.
I must take some of the blame for this. The woodchuck did dig a couple of holes under my garden fence. I ignored them.
The reasoning went along the lines that the garden woodchuck would just dig another hole or climb over the fence.
Woodchucks are good climbers. That’s how they harvest apples and Asian pears. This one even seems to ignore electric wire.
My back garden fence is covered with wild grape vines which the woodchuck is eating and morning glories which it seems to ignore. Climbing this is easy.
So I left the holes. And the garden armadillo found them.
Armadillos don’t seem to dig holes under garden fences. I could be wrong. They do dig efficiently as their burrow holes show.
For now I will fill in the woodchuck holes. And I will watch for new ones. This isn’t easy at this end of the season when vegetable plants and weeds have turned the garden into a jungle.
Over winter I will reinforce my fence. The grape vine will be trimmed back. The morning glory vines will be pulled off. The weeds will be pulled.
Both the garden woodchuck and the garden armadillo and any reinforcements they may invite to the garden will find it harder to dig into. I will at least try.
What I don’t really understand is how I trapped the armadillo. The woodchuck had eaten the bait and departed, as usual. Besides, the bait wasn’t something the armadillo would eat.
Armadillos have very poor eyesight. I suppose the garden armadillo blundered into the trap and triggered it. It was glad to have me open the door and send it on its way.